Beers I Have Known: Highland Brewing 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale

This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.

We were fortunate enough to arrive in our humble little mountain town at about the time the craft beer movement was beginning its unrelenting and blissful takeover process. Even though it constantly seems like we’re nearing the point of saturation with local breweries, there always seems to be room for more. And the old-timers have responded to the increasing competition with perpetually renewable vigor, especially the unofficial founding father of our scene, Highland Brewing. The onetime hobby business of a retired engineer, Highland is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, and doing so with spirited ambition. So even though my fridge was very well-stocked with the spoils of a northern trip, I couldn’t resist the acquisition of a hefty bottle of the first anniversary brew I’d seen, a scotch ale. Rich and robust, the beer is a dandy reminder that sometimes the trailblazers got there first because they truly knew what they were doing. And a long stretch of time doesn’t necessarily dim that knowledge. It’s going to be a good year.

Point Special
21st Amendment Bitter American
Abita Restoration Pale Ale
Rolling Rock
Skull Splitter
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
Red Stripe
Rhinelander Bock
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
ABA Hoppy Saison
Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
French Broad Brewing Gateway Kolsch
Big Boss Brewing “High Monkey”
Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
The Native Brewing Company The Eleven Brown Ale
Labatt Blue
Smuttynose Winter Ale
Point Beyond the Pale IPA
Capital Brewery Supper Club

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