Tuesday, January 5, 2016


By Matt Kelsey

The newest year-round release for Highland Brewing Company is a West Coast-style IPA from Appalachia that will be the first of 12 new beers debuting for the North Carolina-based brewery in 2016. This craft beer is available in our market starting this week.

"Our vision for intentional growth and our talented team inspired the additions of a West Coast IPA and other exciting styles to our portfolio," said Highland Brewing Company President Leah Wong Ashbury.

Developed by Head Brewer Hollie Stephenson, the West Coast-style India Pale Ale features American Chinook, Citra and Centennial hops, creating hints of tropical fruit, lemon rind, grapefruit and dank hop notes.

"Highland IPA will be my favorite in the Southeast," said Stephenson. "As a year-round offering that is drinkable and edgy, I think Highland IPA is unique. It is assertively bitter, but not overwhelming. The ABV is higher than what you see in a lot of of new IPAs, but not so high that you can't go back for another. For me, Highland IPA is what defines a West Coast IPA."

Sold in six-packs, 12-packs and available on draft, Highland will release the IPA in January 2016 with distribution expanding throughout the year.

The 22-year-old brewery will release two other year-round beers, three new seasonals, two new Warrior Series beers and four Kinsman Project beers in 2016. For more details about the brewery, its beer selections, special events and sustainability efforts, please visit www.highlandbrewing.com.

1 comment:

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