We recently received three new beers from Highland Brewing Co. and think you should give them a try. We never wanted to be just a beer review blog, our focus is to be educational and informative about things going on in the beer industry. And many of our reviews are from Highland. Why? Because they send us new beers to try. (Hint, hint, other breweries.)
We love Highland. They’re all great people. Everybody we’ve met from Highland is top notch. Oscar, the founder, came to Nashville a few years ago and was a delight. Their TN rep, Mark, is one of our favorites. We also love the “Highland 2.0” the next generation is forging. Oscar built a great brewery, and his daughter Leah and crew are continuing his work of making great beer. There have been so many new recipes the last year or so, it’s hard to keep up. So, let’s try. Here are three of Highland’s newest beers.
Let’s start with one of Highland’s newest all-year beer, the Pilsner. The the first thing you notice it the malty and bready aromas and flavors. It was more malty than we expected. Yes, it’s a German pils, but the rich malts blur the line and reminded me of some great Czech pils we’ve had. What makes it German are the four hops from the Hallertau region. The beer was clean and the malt didn’t get in the way of the beautiful floral, grassy, and slightly peppery hops. Pils is great any time of the year, especially a summer day. It’s available in bottles or can, so perfect for the lake or the beach.
The Lost Cove Kolsch is back for summer, and we’re glad. Some breweries change up recipes every season, so it’s nice to have a familiar beer back. Kolsch is a great style for warm days. One of the few German Ale styles, it’s light, crisp and easy drinking. The Lost Cove is not exception. It’s floral, semi-dry, with a light bread malt flavor. At 4.5% ABV, you can enjoy a few without overdoing it. The beer is named after the Lost Cove, a hard to reach ghost town on the Nolichucky River, where secluded residents took shelter from the Civil War.
Last up is the latest in the Warrior series. You know we love these beers. Every one so far has been big, bold, high ABV and delicious. The King McAlpin DIPA and Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout were fantastic. This new beer, the Mosaic Rye IPL (India Pale Lager), lives up the the Warrior Series reputation. The Mosaic hops give it a huge citrus nose, with pine and sticky resin. It’s a dangerous 8% ABV, it goes down way too easy. This clean lager let’s the spicy rye malt shine and compliment the hops. The beer has a firm piney bitterness, with a bright citrus flavors.
Thanks, Highland! We enjoyed the beers. Y’all should too.
Disclosure: The beers were provided free for our consideration. As always, we try to be impartial and honest. If we like a beer, we’re going to tell you why. If we don’t, we’ll tell you why we don’t like it, but that doesn’t mean you won’t. Every palate is different.