It’s time for a beautiful winter brew wonderland at this local North Carolina brewery! Ring your holiday bells because Highland Brewing is transforming its East Asheville brewery into a winter wonderland this week. This is in honor of Cold Mountain Spiced Winter Ale. Yum!

This will be the 25th anniversary of a beer that Highland first produced as a holiday treat for the staff in 1996. In honor of the book “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier and the mountain itself, Highland changed the name from Holiday Ale to Cold Mountain Winter Ale in 1997. This spiced brown ale’s release has become a seasonal tradition that still draws crowds from North Carolina and across the Southeast.

According to the press release, “We started receiving messages in May asking about the dates for the Cold Mountain release,” said Nikki Mitchell, Highland’s Hospitality Director. “Our team is working to make this 25th-anniversary celebration special. We’re transforming the brewery taproom into a ski lodge and the tented beer garden in the Meadow offers an incredible music lineup. We have the brewery exclusive beers on draft, Super Spice Cold Mountain in packages this year, and blue glass liter bottles available a la carte! The downtown taproom turned winter wonderland has a flights and bites event as well.” Here is the schedule for this winter wonderful week of events!

Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14: Cold Mountain opening weekend celebrations will require guests to purchase an access pass to enter the property. Each day has two sessions offering a family-friendly afternoon session (12-4 p.m.) and an adult 21+ evening session (6-10 p.m.). Each session will feature table seating, live music, brewery-only Cold Mountain variations on draft, and food trucks.

Friday, November 12:Afternoon Music: Ashley Heath and Her Heathens Evening Music: Lyric

Saturday, November 13:Afternoon Music: Eleanor Underhill and Friends Evening Music: Pimps of Pompe

Sunday, November 14: Afternoon Music: Pleasure Chest

Sunday, November 14: Cold Mountain Flights, Pints & Small Bites at the Downtown Taproom

There is an allotment of Cold Mountain available for pre-order and pick up without an access pass on Monday, November 15. Daily allotments of beer packs are available to pre-order online for pickup on a designated day between November 12- 15.

  • Holiday Pack ($120) includes a case of Cold Mountain (four 6-pack bottles), Coconut Cold Mountain (one 4-pack 16oz
  • cans), Imperial Cold Mountain (one 4-pack of 16oz cans), and Super Spice Cold Mountain (one 4-pack 16oz cans).
  • Cheer Pack ($80) includes Cold Mountain (two 22oz bottles), Coconut Cold Mountain (one 4-pack 16oz cans), Imperial
  • Cold Mountain (one 4-pack of 16oz cans) and Super Spice Cold Mountain (one 4-pack 16oz cans).
  • Anniversary Pack ($36) Cold Mountain (22 oz bottle), Super Spice Cold Mountain (22 oz bottle), and a commemorative 25th Anniversary Cold Mountain glass (13oz).

A la carte packages, including pre-filled varieties in the blue glass liter bottles, will also be available onsite and are not eligible for pre-order. Cold Mountain will make its way out to stores across Highland’s distribution footprint beginning Monday, November 15. For more information on Cold Mountain or to purchase tickets and pre-order beer, click here.


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