2022 “For Love of Beer and Mountains” Thunderstruck Retirement Party

Thunderstruck Retirement Party at Highland Brewing Company

Friday, December 16

Join us for the LAST Thunderstruck Coffee Porter Release Party! Our partners at Highland Brewing Company retiring the Thunderstruck brew, and will be sending it off with a special dark beer flight. Axeville will be in the parking lot from 2-6 pm and  Wildfire Ceramics will be vending inside the Taproom from 12-5 pm.

As with all of Highland Brewing Company’s seasonal releases, a dollar from every pint of Thunderstruck poured at the Taproom on Friday will go to benefit Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and our efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the mountains of Western North Carolina and Tennessee.

Come out to join us in raising a pint “For Love of Beer and Mountains”!

Click HERE for more info.

Highland Brewing Co. Seasonal Release Party

Highland Brewing Company is releasing the NEW seasonal brew “Peachful Picnic” this summer.

The seasonal release party will be held in the Meadow on Saturday, June 26 from 3 to 7 pm.

For each pint of Peachful Picnic sold during the release party, Highland Brewing Co. will donate $1 to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to support land and water conservation.

Wanderlush Release Party

We’re ready to leave the cold behind and welcome the sun back to the mountains with the release of Wanderlush, Highland Brewing Company’s seasonal hazy adventure ale!

Come on out to the brewery and help us kick-off a season of adventure! Highland Brewing Company will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on their new on-site trails, with pals from Asheville Van Life showing off their amazing vans for a little taste of their off-the-grid lifestyles.

The Saylor Brothers will be belting out some Asheville-inspired bluegrass tunes from 6-8 pm.

$1 from every pour of this seasonal Wanderlush brew at the Release Party will be donated to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to support our work preserving rare plant and animal habitats, water sources, and beautiful places to enjoy outdoor recreation! SAHC ambassadors will be on-site for part of the evening to share info about our work, along with “For Love of Beer and Mountains” merchandise. Come see us!

Also, be sure to sign up for our Wanderlush Sensory Exploration Hike on Saturday, March 14.

Midnight Summit Release Party 2019

Get your first taste of the Midnight Summit seasonal brew at the Taproom release party! Best enjoined by a roaring fire, this vanilla milk stout perfectly melds together creamy notes of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee.

Thanks to our generous partners at Highland  Brewing Company, a dollar from every pint of Midnight Summit sold will go to SAHC to support conservation of land and water resources. Come stop by our table to say “Hi!” and check out our “For Love of Beer & Mountains” merchandise, too.

Thunderstruck Release Party with Highland Brewing Co.

Come see us at the Thunderstruck release party, and raise a pint “For Love of Beer & Mountains” Coffee Porter returns on Friday, October 11.

Each batch of Thunderstruck is brewed with 200 pounds of fresh coffee from our friends at Dynamite Roasting Company, making this cold brew classic the perfect pick me up!

Thank you to our corporate partners at Highland Brewing, who support land and water conservation in YOUR mountains. They are donating $1 to SAHC for every pour of Thunderstruck during the release party! 

But don’t party too hard — you’ll want to join us on Saturday morning for our annual Thunderstruck partnership hike with Highland Brewing — enjoy an invigorating out-and-back to a SAHC-protected summit at Blackrock Mountain, enjoying gorgeous glimpses of Thunderstruck Ridge (the coffee porter’s namesake) along the way.

Click here for more info and hike signup.

Clawhammer Hike 2019


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A Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio trolius)

It was a rather calm morning deep in the Pisgah National Forest. The anxious noise of the city was far from recollection, with only the rushing sounds of a nearby creek bubbling in our ears. Filled with excitement, I took a deep breath and inhaled the cool, damp, mountain air; this is my stomping ground. My name is Shaylyn (Sarge) Sargent, and the Clawhammer hike today was my first hike of the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps service term with SAHC.  I could barely keep my socks on. Due to the threat of storms, we had a small group — Israel and his friend Abby along with her black puppy, Prairie. Israel, a former SAHC hike leader, shared his experience with me as we set off down into the rhododendron depths of the forest cove. Read more

Clawhammer Release Party

When: Friday, August 9

Where: Highland Brewing Company in East Asheville, NC

Join us for Highland Brewing Company’s Clawhammer Oktoberfest — celebrating the seasonal release of Clawhammer, a Märzen lager. Our Corporate Partners at Highland will donate $1 to SAHC per pint of Clawhammer poured during the release party!

The event runs from noon to 10 pm, with SAHC staff/volunteers on-site in the late afternoon/evening to share our “For Love of Beer & Mountains” merchandise, tell about our recent conservation projects, and answer questions about our work — and how our members and partners like HBC help protect important land and water resources in the mountains of WNC and TN.

There will be stein hoists, pretzels, sausages, and stein-making (sign-up ahead for this one!)

Pints for Nonprofits

Location: The Casual Pint, Asheville

Time: 6 to 9 pm

Join us for a local pint night celebrating Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and benefitting land and water conservation!

To support SAHC with Pints for Nonprofits, The Casual Pint will donate $1 for each pint of Appalachia Session IPA sold that day

Wicked Weed Brewing has crafted a special brew to support conservation of mountains, forests, farms, streams, and rivers across Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. For more than 45 years, SAHC has worked to protect scenic views, habitat for rare and endangered native species, and places for people to hike, camp, fish, bike, and more. Donations will support protection of headwater streams that flow into the French Broad, Catawba and Broad River basins, as well as productive family farms, wildlife corridors adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and special places for outdoor recreation. SAHC has helped protect lands added into Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests as well as state parks, game lands and natural areas, and we work with a variety of private and public agency partners across the region to help manage habitat on protected lands.

Staff and volunteers will be onsite to answer questions and talk about our conservation work.

We are grateful to Wicked Weed Brewing and The Casual Pint for supporting SAHC as “For Love of Beer & Mountains” partners!

Upper Catawba Falls Wanderlush Hike

Date: Sunday, June 2
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Difficulty:  Moderate (7 on a scale of 10) — 5.0 miles roundtrip, elevation gain: 650′
Terrain: Dirt path (few rocks/roots), steep sections, 18 stream crossings
Cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members

Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Highland Brewing Company for a moderately difficult hike to Upper Catawba Falls. The Catawba River flows for approximately 220 miles, beginning in the Southern Appalachians until it drains in the South Carolina Piedmont. Our hike will begin near the headwaters of this great river to the Upper Catawba Falls. Participants will travel by the water, through a rich cove forest filled with rhododendron, hemlock, and maple trees. Participants will be rewarded with up close views and the cooling mists of the SAHC-protected Upper Catawba Falls.   Our hike begins on a tract which has been protected through a conservation easement with SAHC. The trail involves several creek crossings – 18 round trip! – So prepare for wet feet.

This hike is also a celebration of the release of Highland Brewing Company’s Wanderlush, a hazy adventure ale! As part of our For Love of Beer and Mountains hike series, participants will be invited to try this double dry hopped ale elevated by notes of melon, pineapple, and fresh squeezed orange juice on the hike. So come out and let’s celebrate Wanderlush Hazy IPA and land conservation together.

Following the hike, we will meet for a pint of Wanderlush at Highland Brewing Company!

Registration for this hike is full – to be placed on the waiting list please email

This event is part of WNC for the Planet! Western North Carolina is celebrating Earth Day throughout the entire month of April by coming together to act locally and think globally. This year, local community and environmental groups are teaming up to offer a myriad of service days, workshops and educational events and celebrations. #WNCfortheplanet

Thunderstruck Hike 2018

“You can do this, Izzy, it’s only October,” I tried to convince myself as I braced for the angry, bitter, frigid wind outside in the parking lot. I was at the carpool rendezvous point at 8:30 am, 15 minutes before the group would arrive, and I needed to get breakfast. I opened the latch – come what may.

Steaming, painfully hot coffee in one hand, toasty vegan breakfast burrito in the other I was able to wait outside for the rest of my participants to arrive. I should have packed a thicker sweater. In total, eight of us met for the carpool – the rest would join us at the trailhead at Waterrock Knob.

I had the privilege of riding with my good friend Nico and two new friends Art and Wes. Adrienne Lenker’s new LP abysskiss played on my stereo as we ascended the Blue Ridge Parkway. Time slid effortlessly by as we discussed the finer points of stealth camping. Read more


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