Fish (11) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 3, 2006
This is a really laid back bunch of folks. I happened to be walking by one afternoon and was able to hop in on a tour with two other guys. I think they gave us 3 pints of beer all told. GAVE. For FREE. You canít beat that with a stick. Anyway, it was a lot of fun. I hear their location is changing to out East somewhere tho.
My favorite brewery in Asheville. The first time I visited was on my 21st birthday on the brews cruise. They were so friendly and seemed honestly excited for me. I got a free pint glass, a poster, and they let our group tap a cask of oatmeal porter(yum!). They constantly kept my cup full and there wasnít a beer I didnít like. My favorites are the oatmeal porter, kashmir ipa, black mocha stout, gaelic ale, and the seven sisters abbey style ale. All are so delicious I canít decide which is my favorite.
Itís safe to say that Asheville wouldnít be the beer mecca it is if not for the pioneer spirit of Highland Brewing Company owner/founder Oscar Wong. The brewery which began in 1994 has expanded its brand and is available in seven states. You can tour the brewery and sample beers like Gaelic Ale, Kashmir IPA and the seasonal offerings in the new tasting room which is open Thursday - Saturday with food and music available Friday and Saturday. The atmosphere is very laid-back so grab a seat at one of the indoor picnic tables under the giant fan and enjoy beers from Ashevilleís oldest brewery.
This is just a little operation in the basement of some building. They used to have a brewpub years ago, but itís long since gone. We chatted it up with one of the brewers and he offered us some fresh brews on tap and straight out of the walk-in cooler. The tour was thorough without being painstaking, and the staff was extremely, extremely friendly. Iím a big fan of Highland I feel even more fondly of this brewery now that Iíve visited.
The new location is a giant warehouse. I stood in line in it to get some imperial Gaelic ale. Not much to say about it.
[September 30, 2011]
Highland has dome some serious improvements to their facility. There is a stage, a cool patio area and a ton of seating inside for drinking good beer and socializing. Really nice building now.
Visited the brewery for the Imperial Kashmir release. Big warehouse type place, but very clean and organized. The staff there was very friendly and made the release very painless and quick. They answered everyoneís questions and gave out free samples while waiting in line. They were also giving out free tours for those who were interested. Seems to be a well-run establishment that make some tasty beers.
I really liked taking a tour of the brewery then sitting down for a few good brews.
tmongoose (103) Louisville, Kentucky | January 23, 2012| Updated February 24, 2014
Totally taken aback with this place. Of course they serve their beers. 6 on tap this past Friday. Ran out of one but plenty to choose from. Big open room with picnic table settings and a band playing. Rawesome tunes and beer. There was a food booth there not sure if part of highland or not so not rating it. But next time back in asheville will be going back.
No pub, only a brewery. Took a tour led by Oscar who is also the owner, truck driver, assistant bottler, etc., etc. EVERYONE here pitches in on bottling day, no matter what area they work in. It is a small operation with ancient second- hand equipment that puts out a hell of a lot of good beer. Very friendly, laid-back folks. Visit them if youíre near Asheville. Call first.