Highland Brewing

Highland BrewingHighland Brewing
Highland BrewingHighland Brewing
Brewery, Bar

12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Suite 200
Asheville, North Carolina, 28803
United States

(828) 299-3370 | map

•Quality beer – always
•Proudly regional - we distribute only in the Southeast
•Pioneers - First legal brewery in Asheville since Prohibition
•Largest native NC brewer
•We honor features of the Southern Appalachian landscape with seasonal beer names, a hike, and a fund-raising release party for each seasonal beer – all in partnership with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
•Donations to over 100 charities annually
•3rd largest craft brewing solar array in the US
•Live music 5x per week
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Ratings by aletrailky81:
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Rated by aletrailky81 from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Oct 22, 2017
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4
Da Boss and i took the brewery tour on 2-11-23 after having a very nice BBQ lunch from one of the food trucks and a pint of doppelbock.

Vibe was cool with plenty of outside space to sit not to mention the volleyball courts, disc golf course, and hiking trail. Inside plenty of space to park at one of the many tables available.

Quality of their beers are very good. The consistency has been striking from the outside and when taking the tour knowing they have a staff of four monitoring all fermenting beers to ensure quality is awesome. They are not afraid to "drain pour" a bad batch.

Service was impeccable from the time to we arrived, ordering the first beer, and then to be made to feel special on the tour by being handed a taster to start the tour, during the tour, and then the flight at the end was cool!

Selection was solid with maybe 15-20 beers available as well as carryout from the gift shop.

Overall i recommend the tour and go when food is available, makes for a nice 3–4-hour time spent there!
Feb 17, 2023
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25
Stopped in early afternoon with the wife. Had a flight of Oatmeal Porter, Clawhammer Marzen, Gaelic Ale, & Festbier. All three a good quality enjoyable beers. Still leaned toward the Clawhammer of the four. The brewery is outside of downtown, which I actually liked because it has plenty of parking. roomy inside with a outdoor seating on the entry deck. They had a decent variety of beer; however, it leans more IPA & Sours than it probably did years ago. I like IPA's but prefer lagers and they had two seasonals this time (Marzen and Festbier) that they probably would not normally have in the lager category. Good space, quality beer. Definitely visit there if in town for the first time.
Oct 11, 2022
Rated: 4.67 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Sep 25, 2022
Rated: 3.56 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Oct 29, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Oct 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Easily my favorite craft brewery i've visited thus far. Now there hasn't been a whole lot as if yet, but this will be hard to best. Did not take the tour, the timing was off. Excellent spacious interior, the outside area, I think it's called the meadow was enjoyable. What made the visit memorable were the folks working there. Knowledgable, courteous, friendly and nice. The NC pioneers hit a Homerun with this place.
Feb 14, 2019
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Reviewed by CaptAsheville from North Carolina

4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
Reggae Sundays are a must when visiting Highland. I love the beertenders and the meadow when the weather is nice. It's a good mix of locals and visitors. Great beer selection and always good food trucks.
Dec 24, 2018
Rated: 4.54 by jak from North Carolina

Oct 07, 2018
Rated: 4.92 by BruceyB from North Carolina

Aug 24, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Coho11 from Ohio

Jun 19, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

Jun 14, 2018
Rated: 4 by socon67 from New York

Jan 30, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by BiddzzBA from North Carolina

Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by kcrumle18 from South Carolina

Nov 14, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by qcghost from North Carolina

Oct 31, 2017
Rated: 4 by Mgriz79 from Georgia

Oct 05, 2017
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Reviewed by daringer from North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
North Carolina native here, and I've been to many local hotspots--from small town breweries to big guys who started small.
I appreciate Highland in many ways. Of course their beer is tasty (they offer a black saison now that's very nice), but a brewery is more than the beer, isn't it? It's also about the experience.
The brewery tour was free, with free samples of their flagship beer, Gaelic Ale. An informative guide led us through the place, which included a meadow on the right side of the property, where live music is often played.
The bar area is large and comfortable. The draught selection is broken into large batch and small batch brews--the small batches, as I understand, are only available on location.
I enjoyed my time at Highland, moreso than the other two nearby breweries I visited that day. These folks have a small operation, ran on big ideas and greater levels of quality.
A fine place.
Aug 31, 2017
Rated: 5 by jbarry3000 from North Carolina

Jul 08, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Jul 01, 2017
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Reviewed by SmokySignals from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Everything I look for in a great place to go on a Saturday with my beautiful wife.

Great city, easy to find.
Easy parking, no charges...scenery - it's a given in WNC
Spacious patio area entrance into comfortable small venue with small pro stage in corner - interesting fans and great positive vibes from quality clientele who love great beer, 2 awesome smelling food trucks parked in easy place to see...

Great informative brewery tour, with sampling of Gaelic Ale. Top notch staff and ownership, who are also usually around somewhere....the beers are incredible, and the staff knows their craft. Small batch Paul's Dark Mild, one of my all time top beers! A must see for any brew lover !
Apr 05, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by REVZEB from Illinois

Dec 27, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by scottspencer from Indiana

Jul 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Marzen_Fan from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Went on the tour, which I think is worth your time, this is a brewery worth checking out if in the area. They have a nice selection of brews all done very well and an interesting venue that hosts many different events. Wish I would have been there a month later when they would be serving their Marzen Clawhammer.
Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by sendbeer from Georgia

Jun 14, 2016
Rated: 3.36 by PerfecTool from Georgia

May 12, 2016
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Rated by BeerDaveGA from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
They had a reggae band playing the night we were there - loved the facility and the beers aren't bad. Food trucks out front.
Apr 13, 2016
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
This is a big building with food trucks parked outside and a bunch of folks enjoying beers in the sunshine. Inside there is a large bar on the one side next to the gift shop area. A big stage is in the back and picnic tables and hitops are through the place. All the standard beers were on draft with a few small batch brews. The beers we had were fresh and tasty. The IPA is now made in a west coast style, and was really good. This should be on everyone's tour of the area.
Apr 04, 2016
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Reviewed by wapcap from Nebraska

3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
A good brewery to visit when in Asheville. I felt the beers were all solid, the location was good, and the layout/feel was pretty good. Service was not bad. THe place was not that busy, but there was only one bartender so always quite a long line. Worth a visit.
Feb 11, 2016
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Rated by J_Monroe from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
The staff at the brewery was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Greatly enjoyed the tour. Bar selection was great.
Feb 02, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by Links41 from Virginia

Jan 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Miles_in_beer_city from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5
Original large tasting room, and a new roof top deck, the meadow, and upper level tasting/event rooms. (no more closing because of a private event).

Huge change in beer offerings, all for the good. New Brewer, and apparently a goal to expand the product line have produced some great beers.

Service can be iffy at the bar... some time great, sometimes you feel you are invisible as the younger and prettier are served.
Jan 08, 2016
Rated: 4.39 by OldhouseRecs from North Carolina

Nov 29, 2015
Rated: 4 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Nov 22, 2015
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Rated by CSFolks from North Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Good small batch list
Nov 21, 2015
Rated: 4 by cnealc from North Carolina

Nov 16, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by craft_shannie from Indiana

Sep 09, 2015
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Reviewed by tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5
The place is huge and they hold indoor concerts there on occasion. Beer selection is fairly varied, but limited to those brewed in house. When crowded, such as during concerts, service is adequate, at best. Under normal conditions, the service is quite good. Beer quality is rather good, but nothing is world class, yet.
Aug 17, 2015
Rated: 3.38 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Jul 20, 2015
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Rated by alexledford25 from North Carolina

4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Cool outside venue and soon to be awesome rooftop bar
Jul 11, 2015
Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC
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