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.

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+

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 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!)

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

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:

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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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+)


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