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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 Hike 2018

“The sounds of Alison Krauss’ debut filled the gaps in spirited conversation between excited, carpooling hikers.

“Steel rails chasin’ sunshine round the bend. Winding through the trees like a ribbon in the wind.”

Having filled up the trunk with Clawhammer Oktoberfest Marzen Lager from Highland Brewing Company, we were finally approaching the trail head. Today we would ascend approximately 1,500 feet over a distance of 10.5 miles to the summit of Clawhammer Mountain in Pisgah National Forest.

As part of our “For Love of Beer and Mountains” partnership, Highland Brewing Company’s seasonal brews are named after natural elements of the Southern Appalachian landscape.

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“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

“For Love of Beer and Mountains” partners care for Grassy Ridge

hike_crewOn a brisk fall morning in October, a boisterous group of SAHC and Highland Brewing Company staff (and guests) met at the corner of Roaring Creek Road and 19 East, eager and excited for the busy “For Love of Beer & Mountains” partnership work day ahead. The plan included removing invasive species and restoring habitat for Golden-winged Warblers (neo-tropical migratory songbirds that nest in the Highlands of Roan). Good company with cheery spirits, a gorgeous day on Grassy Ridge, and delicious food combined to create the recipe for a great workday! 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

Appalachian Spring Celebration – 40th Anniversary!

 

table3.jpgThank you to all the friends, members, volunteers, donors, and event sponsors who made our Appalachian Spring 40th Anniversary event such a success! And we appreciate Fire Cracker Jazz Band for providing music for our event and to NC PhotoBox for a fun-filled photo booth experience for our guests. We’d also like to give a special ‘thank you’ to Nona Mia Italian Kitchen for preparing the delicious buffet dinner enjoyed by all, and for generously donating a huge portion of the catering expense.

We enjoyed a night of fun and fellowship, honoringpauline_anna_cropped.jpg our founding members and volunteers for an inspiring forty years of conservation successes. Read more

Devil’s Britches “For Love of Beer and Mountains” Partnership Hike

hikingtime.jpgSAHC’s AmeriCorps PR & Outreach Member Anna Zanetti recaps a snowy “For Love of Beer & Mountains” partnership hike:

“Highland Brewing Company’s seasonal release of Devil’s Britches Red IPA kicked off the first “For Love of Beer & Mountains” partnership hike of 2014 at Cataloochee Ranch. Hikers trekked through deep snow to the top of Hemphill Bald (5,540 ft. elevation), where they leaned about SAHC’s first conservation easement as well as feral hog damage and the natural history of the area.

In late February the Southeast experienced a large snowstorm, accumulating 6 inches of snow in the Asheville area and more in higher elevations, but the Devil’s Britches hikers were undeterred. On the Sunday after the storm 17 hikers made their way out to tackle the mountain with SAHC and Highland Brewing. Read more

Fall “For Love of Beer and Mountains” Partnership Hikes

img_1643.jpgOur new AmeriCorps PR and Outreach Associate, Anna Zanetti, launched into a full schedule of fall hikes when she came on board with us in September. Part of that slate of fall hikes included our “For Love of Beer & Mountains” Clawhammer and Thunderstruck partnership hikes — which luckily occurred on two lovely October weekends. The Thunderstruck hike also gave the group an opportunity to visit one of SAHC’s newly protected tracts  — Blackrock Mountain. Below is Anna’s take on the experience:

“SAHC partnership hikes with Highland Brewing are one of the highlights of my job. These popular group hikes feature protected peaks that are namesakes of Highland Brewing Company’s seasonal beers. The “For Love of Beer and Mountains” partnership, including our guided hikes, helps raise public awareness of the places and species that make our mountains so special. Read more

Devil’s Britches and Bark, Buds, Nuts – A pint, a party, a presentation and hike for Tree ID.

chris-with-crew-at-beginning.jpgThe end of February was a great time to practice winter tree identification, and to enjoy a new Highland Brewing Company seasonal pint with friends. As part of our “For Love of Beer & Mountains” partnership with Highlands Brewing Company, we hosted an informative & engaging presentation at the Tasting Room on Thursday, February 21, followed that weekend by an on-the-ground field opportunity with SAHC Field Ecologist Chris Coxen. The presentation was short & sweet – an informative beginner’s guide to success in knowing more about the trees you may see in our area, given in six steps. Read more

Events

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!
Friday:
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!
Saturday:
Grab a liter or half liter pour of Clawhammer and enjoy music by Alex Arcana in the meadow from 6-8pm
Sunday:
Rooftop pop-up with Clawhammer and donuts for sale by Stay Glazed. Rooftop will be open to anyone 21+

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.

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.

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!)

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 israel@appalachian.org

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

Midnight Summit & Starchaser Double Release Party

Celebrate the longest night of the year with Highland Brewing Company’s latest seasonal and year-round beers.

Midnight Summit, their newest seasonal offering, is a vanilla milk stout that hits the perfect creamy notes of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee.  A dollar per pour of Midnight Summit at the release party will be donated to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

The Starchaser summer seasonal returns as a year-round offering. Named the fourth best American wheat ale by Vine Pair, this Belgian-inspired white ale is brewed with coriander, candied ginger, and grapefruit peel.

For more info, check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1082517225265662/

Clawhammer Hike 2018

Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: Starting at 10:00 am
Where: Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC
Difficulty: Very Strenuous (10+) — 10+ mile hike with significant elevation change
Cost: FREE for all participants

This hike to Clawhammer Mountain, namesake of Highland Brewing Company’s seasonal Clawhammer Oktoberfest Lager, will be a long and strenuous 10+ mile trip along multi-use trails that traverse mountain bike, equestrian, and hiking trails as well as forest service roads. We will follow the trails up a steep climb along a creek, through wildflower patches and rich cove forest. From Clawhammer Cove to the summit, we will climb close to 1,500 feet to finish at 4,072 ft elevation. The summit offers scenic views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Looking Glass in Pisgah National Forest.

This year we will be departing as a group from Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC and returning there for a Clawhammer pint following the hike!

Please Note: There are a couple single log bridges, muddy areas, rocky and steep inclines and a chance of yellow jackets; SAHC wants to provide a fun and safe trip so please be aware of these conditions.

Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.

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

2018 “For Love of Beer & Mountains” Highland Stargazer Release Party

Join us and our “For Love of Beer & Mountains” partners at Highland Brewing Company for the release of Highland’s newest seasonal brew — Highland Stargazer White Ale.

Like their other seasonal favorites, Highland Stargazer is named for a part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. This brew is perfect for gazing up at the night sky to relax after a hike, and the name calls attention to the important role that conservation can play is protecting the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky (while protecting land and water resources on the ground).

Highland will donate $1.00 per pour at the release party to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, to support ongoing conservation efforts across the region.

Enjoy free live music at this family-friendly event. Music starts at 7 pm, and SAHC staff will be on-site beginning around 4 pm to answer questions about our conservation work.


This event is part of #WNCforthePlanet —  a collaboration of environmental and conservation groups in Western North Carolina to coordinate and raise awareness about events and volunteer opportunities scheduled throughout the month of April in honor of “Earth Month.” Local nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses have teamed up to host a myriad of service days, workshops, hikes, educational events and celebrations. Join us in unifying our community to encourage and celebrate environmental stewardship for our planet and the region. More info at WNCforthePlanet.org.

2018 “For Love of Beer & Mountains” Stargazer Release Party

Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Highland Brewing Company for the release of Highland’s newest seasonal brew, Stargazer White Ale.

Like HBC’s other seasonal favorites, Stargazer is named for a part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. This brew is perfect for gazing up at the night sky to relax after a hike, and the name calls attention to the important role that conservation can play in the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky (while protecting land and water resources on the ground). Highland will donate $1.00 per pour at the release party to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, to support ongoing conservation efforts across the region.

Enjoy free live music at this family-friendly event. Music starts at 7 pm, and SAHC staff will be on-site beginning around 4 pm to answer questions about our conservation work.


This event is part of #WNCforthePlanet —  a collaboration of environmental and conservation groups in Western North Carolina to coordinate and raise awareness about events and volunteer opportunities scheduled throughout the month of April in honor of “Earth Month.” Local nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses have teamed up to host a myriad of service days, workshops, hikes, educational events and celebrations. Join us in unifying our community to encourage and celebrate environmental stewardship for our planet and the region. More info at WNCforthePlanet.org.

2018 Southern Sixer Release Party

Join us for the first “For Love of Beer & Mountains” seasonal release of 2018! 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 special. The Southern Sixer IPA is named after the mountains in the Southern Appalachians which reach above 6,000 ft. elevation.

Live music from 7-9 pm, TBA.  This event is free, and family-friendly.