Clawhammer Celebration, supporting Conservation

When: From Friday August 6 at 3 pm to Sunday August 8 at 7 pm

Our Corporate Partners at Highland Brewing Company have planned a jam packed weekend celebrating their newest seasonal release, Clawhammer!
Axeville set up outside the tasting room from 5-8pm
The Get Right Band live in the Meadow from 6-8pm
Plus delicious food by Sweet Cheeseus and Baires Food trucks
$1 from every pour of Clawhammer will be donated to our community partner Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy!
Grab a liter or half liter pour of Clawhammer and enjoy music by Alex Arcana in the meadow from 6-8pm
Rooftop pop-up with Clawhammer and donuts for sale by Stay Glazed. Rooftop will be open to anyone 21+

Pint Night with JRH Brewing

Join us at JRH Brewing on Tuesday, November 13 in Johnson City for a Pint Night! JRH Brewing is generously donating $1 for every pint sold to support SAHC!

Learn more about our land and water conservation work and how we are protecting the places you love and need. We will have SAHC and “For Love of Beer & Mountains” merchandise available for sale.

This Pint Night is in conjunction with There is No Place Like Roan: Ensuring a Highland Legacy Presentation at ETSU. We hope you can join us for both events!



2018 “For Love of Beer & Mountains” Thunderstruck Hike

Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: Starting at 10:00 am
Where: Plott Balsam Mountains off the Blue Ridge Parkway
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (7-8) — 6-mile hike with rugged terrain
Cost: FREE for all participants

Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Highland Brewing Company for a moderately difficult hike to enjoy views of Thunderstruck Ridge, for which Highland’s latest seasonal is named. Participants will travel over 5 miles of rugged terrain, through red spruce and fraser firs, red oak forest, and other high elevation trees while occasionally stopping at rock outcroppings for views of Thunderstruck Ridge.

The group will hike through the 1,595-acre Plott Balsam Preserve and eventually reach Blackrock Mountain, which SAHC protected in 2013, at a towering 5,600 feet of elevation. This beautiful section of mountains can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway. SAHC’s conservation work in this area protects high elevation habitat and pristine headwater streams. So come out and let’s celebrate Thunderstruck Coffee Porter and land conservation together. This hike is FREE for everyone!

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

Hike difficulty ratings are based on this formula: (0.002 x elevation gain (ft.)) + round trip distance (mi.) = difficulty rating (1 – 10+)

Registration for this hike is full – if you wish to be placed on the waiting list email

Wicked Weed — Brewing Appalachia

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.

“We are thrilled and proud to be represented as the nonprofit for Appalachia!” says Membership Director Cheryl Fowler. “We are very grateful to Wicked Weed Brewing for donating a portion of proceeds from all sales of Appalachia Session IPA, to help support conservation of the mountains we call home.”

Named for the mountains that surround Asheville, Appalachia Session IPA is on tap for a limited time. A percentage of all sales of Appalachia Session IPA will be donated to SAHC to support protection of headwater streams that flow into three major river basins, including the French Broad River, Catawba River, and Broad River. Read more

“For Love of Beer & Mountains” Thunderstruck Coffee Porter Release Party

Cooler days herald the release of Highland Brewing Company’s Thunderstruck Coffee Porter! Named for Thunderstruck Ridge in our Balsam Mountains conservation focus area, this cozy seasonal is steeped with Dynamite Roasting Company coffee, with hints of chocolate.

Join us at the release party (a family-friendly event) to enjoy free live music from the Dirty Badgers. Food trucks will be onsite with food to purchase; details TBA.

We are grateful to our partners at Highland Brewing Company for donating $1 per pour from the seasonal release party, to help us continue saving mountains, rivers, farms, and streams you love!

On Saturday, November 11, join us for our “For Love of Beer & Mountains” Thunderstruck Hike to Blackrock Mountain.

“For Love of Beer & Mountains” Southern Sixer Challenge Kickoff!

Last Saturday, we led our first guided Southern Sixer hike to the summit of a peak above 6,000 feet. For this “For Love of Beer and Mountains” Southern Sixer Challenge Kickoff, we traveled to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to climb Mount Kephart, named after Horace Kephart, who played a major role during the early years of the park. We were fortunate to be greeted by a majestic herd of elk both on the way into the park and at the end of the day!

While the summit of Mount Kephart doesn’t afford spectacular views, you can continue just a quarter mile further to “The Jumpoff,” the top of a 1,000 foot sheer cliff on the side of the mountain that provides views for miles to the east. From this vantage point we could see back towards SAHC’s Smoky Mountains focus areas, where we work to conserve land adjoining the national park, creating a buffer for wildlife and helping preserve viewsheds in this unique landscape.

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“For Love of Beer & Mountains” Southern Sixer IPA Release Party

Join us for the first “For Love of Beer & Mountains” seasonal release of 2017! From sales during the release party, Highland Brewing Company will donate $1 from each pint of Southern Sixer to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to support conservation of the mountains and rivers which make our area so unique. The Southern Sixer IPA is named after the mountains in the Southern Appalachians which reach above 6,000 ft. elevation.

According to Highland, Southern Sixer is packed with six American hop varieties, bringing assertive citrus and tropical fruit notes to this West Coast-inspired IPA.

Live music will be provided by The Resonant Rogues from 7-9 pm.  This event is free, and family-friendly.

“For Love of Beer & Mountains” Lost Cove Excursion

IMG_2628Late this summer, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Highland Brewing Company were joined by The Aloft Hotel, Altamont Environmental, Traveling Chic Boutique and USA Raft to explore Lost Cove, where SAHC protected a 95-acre tract in 2012. We hiked into the gorge and rafted the Nolichucky River while learning about the historical significance of the area. Read more

Thunder on the Mountain

2014_thunderstruck_hike_view_from_waterrock_knobDrew Stevenson from Highland Brewing Company  and Kana Miller (SAHC AmeriCorps PR and Outreach Associate) fearlessly led our group of hikers into the clouds for a strenuous but fun October hike — the Thunderstruck “For Love of Beer and Mountains” Partnership hike to  Blackrock Mountain. Drew recounts this trek through the Plott Balsams in Jackson County, our 2nd Partnership  hike of the fall season:

“The hike group met at the Waterrock Knob overlook (elevation 6,292 feet), which gets its name from a cool stream where hunters and farmers came to quench their thirst. About 1/4 mile down from the Waterrock Knob Visitor Center we started the trail, which covers approximately 2.2 miles of up-and-down terrain, becoming very skinny at times to hug the steep mountainside.

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A Rattling Good Time

bridge.jpgOur newest AmeriCorps Project Conserve PR and Outreach Associate, Kana Miller, jumped full into the outings program last month with her first “For Love of Beer & Mountains” guided hike — and a bit of a surprise along the trail!

“On September 20th, a beautiful and sunny Saturday, my initiation into the SAHC family truly commenced as I led my first event and “For Love of Beer and Mountains” partnership hike up Clawhammer Mountain. As the newest AmeriCorps Project Conserve PR and Outreach Associate, part of my responsibilities include teaming up with Highland Brewing Company  to lead these partnership hikes to namesakes of Highland’s seasonal brews, raising awareness and support for our conservation efforts to protect clean water, unique plant and animal habitat and scenic beauty. While I was nervous about leading my first hike, I was quickly put at ease by the cheerful demeanor of our hiking group. Read more


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