Highland Brewing

BEER AVG
3.95/5
Highland BrewingHighland Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(828) 299-3370 | map
highlandbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
26
Ratings:
6,633
Reviews:
2,462
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
4.73%
 
 
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

After going up that winding road that seemingly led to nowhere, we arrived at the brewery, pretty much right when they opened. The place was a lot huger than I would've expected, with the main space being about the equivalent of a large bowling alley. The bar itself was mid-sized, off to the right, with tons of seating space for, I don't know, events? Concerts? Festivals?

Again, the place had pretty much just opened, and we were the only ones there, along with a few other stragglers who came in soon afterward. The staff was pretty laid back. Can't really comment too much on that, since I didn't really see them in action during busy hours, but all things considered, service was fine.

There was a decent amount of beer to choose from, with a few stylistic options. Porters and English style ales seemed to be the central theme. We got a sampler flight of about 6 or 7 beers...none of which really stood out as particularly memorable or good. Lots of merch available, and prices were pretty decent. No food apparently, and considering the size of the place, it's pretty amazing they don't have a kitchen, or at least a little snack bar.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed by Highland. It was a neat venue I guess, but kind of hinted at being a tourist trap brewery. In the grand scheme of Asheville, I'd say that ultimately this place is skippable.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Out on the fringe of town - huge interior with a stage setup for live entertainment.

We visited in between christmas and new years and the place was packed (90% tourists, at least). There was a large brewery tour commencing and almost everyone was drinking those blasted samplers.

Having had every release a few thousand times prior, opted for one of the 3 brewery exclusives - barrel aged cherry black mocha stout. Pretty disappointing - not a lot of barrel.

Really kind of hectic and too touristy of a vibe to really justify a return visit, unless there was something special on tap.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Friday afternoon with Raquel, FTB, JBug, and ksak.

Atmosphere: Careful, you may get lost looking for the entrance. Up a steep driveway, Highland's campus unfolds. Outdoor seating leads to the open air warehouse, stage to the front left and bar to the right. Converted rail containers house office space. The brewery, including a small pilot system are behind glass walls on the right.

Quality: We were given the VIP tour by management, a nice little diversion through the brewery. The tap list featured some extra special offerings and space is very neat.

Service: Bar service did well for a busy afternoon. We cozied up with several pints (sorry, no offerings smaller than a pint glass, so be careful). Our tour, as mentioned, was extra special.

Selection: The regular line up of five beers was alright but things quickly got interesting after that. The Thunderstruck Porter, Razor Wit, and Little Hump, all seasonals, were good with Little Hump taking the cake. In addition, three one-offs: Bourbon Gaelic, Bourbon Black Mocha and Pale #2 were on. The bal-aged beers were excellent - a real treat.

No growler fills here - so be forewarned. Also, mind the pint servings.

Food: No food but food trucks rotate in regularly.

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Photo of JustinSparks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ZEB89
3.9/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of italianstallion
3.78/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of midlifec
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DrMindbender
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of wapcap
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tjcamm
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Vogt52
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of fastestmanalive
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of craft_shannie
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of mlockman
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Staff are some of the nicest people you could ever meet, and the service is unmatched, as is the on-tap selection. While they have a number of year-round brews and seasonal on draft, I would recommend any or all of the small-batch brews which can only be had on-tap at the brewery. They are brewed by the employees, who are allowed to brew at least one small-batch beer of their own each year. I would definitely recommend the tour, make sure Gary is your guide if you do so, he is hands-down one of the best tour guides I've ever had at any sort of venue and one of the nicest dudes I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC
3.95 out of 5 based on 6,633 ratings.
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