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Monday, July 4, 2016

BEER SPOTLIGHT: Highland Lost Cove, Mosaic Rye IPL, & Pilsner

As seasons change, so do the offerings of craft beers provided by different breweries. For Highland Brewing Company, that means releasing selections of strong seasonals that should definitely make your summer sampling list.

Mosaic Rye India Pale Lager is the newest release from Highland’s Warrior Series. Featuring three pounds of Mosaic hops per barrel, this beer’s huge citrusy notes complement tangerine and pepper flavors from the Australian Ella hops. Its North Carolina-grown rye creates a spicy malt character. Imagine tasting a clean and piney hop candy with a sticky finish. This beer has an 8% ABV, pairing well with corn on the cob and BBQ beef brisket or possibly with Asiago cheese as a lighter snack.

Lost Cove Kolsch is the third new seasonal brew for the brewery in 2016. As the days heat up, this crisp, dry and refreshing German-style Kolsch hits the spot! Bready, elegant malts combine with floral hops in this easy sipping craft beer. This beer has a 4.5% ABV and is incredibly versatile in pairing with different foods. It is an awesome brunch beer, pairing well with eggs benedict. If bratwurst and braised cabbage is your preference, it also goes well with those. And for dessert, it’s a great pair for apricot tart with almonds and fresh cream!

Last but not least is Highland Pilsner, currently ranked No. 5 on Untappd for German-style Pilsners. Featuring German Hallertau Blanc hops and three other Hallertau region varietals (Saphir, Perle and Hersbrucker), notes of stone fruit, pepper and lush grass combine with the German pilsner malt body. This beer is cold fermented with lager yeast to create a crisp, dry finish. This beer has a 5.5% ABV. Be on the lookout: Highland Pilsner will also be available in cans very soon at a store near you!

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