Took the brewery tour during the week which is free and gives you five free samples of their year round beers. The tour guide was certainly enthusiastic. The space is located in a warehouse, watch out for the guard shack or you’ll miss it, which also includes a tap room/ music venue. You certainly have to admire Highland’s commitment to the environment from their use of corn plastic cups to using re-purposed storage containers as offices. We even got to see Oscar Wong during our visit.
tmongoose (108) 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.
I was there early in the day, but I could see it being a really cool place at night. The problem with selection was that they had about 7 brews on and 3 were porters. I had an IPA, which was good.
Guyute_Pig (48) Asheville , North Carolina | December 4, 2011| Updated March 21, 2012
These guys have a wonderful tap room. Free live music indoors during the cold months and in a big open field out back during the warmer months. Always have 1 or 2 brewer reserve beers on tap that are a step up from their regular beers (which I think are pretty disappointing, how can one not make a quality IPA?). Super friendly staff.
October 2011. This is a cavernous, crowd-favoring place off the beaten path. With live music on the weekend, it seems this place fills up, too. With good beers and lots of free shwag, why not drop in here!? As the original place in Asheville, you should feel obliged! (#561)
It’s safe to say that Asheville wouldn’t 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 Asheville’s oldest brewery.
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 wasn’t a beer I didn’t 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 can’t decide which is my favorite.
This place is way bigger than I expected. Attended for the release of their Tasgal Ale. Very good brew that they have not released in some time. Anyhow, the brewery is pretty cool and the employees were all nice. They had a band set up out side and an area for games (people were playing corn hole). I imagine this is just a working brewery most of the time but if you can get in for a tasting it is a neat place to see.
I’ve been both to the old location in downtown and the bigger newer one. Gotta say, the newer one has more of a factory atmosphere to it, but I guess ambience isn’t really a goal of an industrial park. Staff has always been nice. Worth stopping by for a visit if you like getting behind the scenes.