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.

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.

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

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

“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.


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