The brewery was the perfect venue for local chefs to showcase some of their great dishes to a hungry bunch of food bloggers. Below are a few of the snapshots that I was able to take.
One of Highland Brewing Company’s own line of craft beers
Mimosa Fried Chicken Biscuit – from Biscuit Head
Sriracha slaw, sweet potato chai butter, and Cheerwine bacon
Scratch-made buttermilk biscuit, with duck leg & liver terrine, spare rib jam, peach-pepper jelly, and shaved jalapeño from The Junction
Ummm…..I forgot what this was and from where. I think it was duck pâté. (My apologies to the chef.) Whatever it was, it was beautifully plated.
Sunburst Mountain Trout from Red Stag Grill
Seasonal vegetable ragout, heirloom tomato jam, lemon balm crème fraiche
Citrus Kale Salad from Green Sage Cafe
Kale, cabbage, carrots, beets, citrus vinaigrette, avocado, orange, raisins, and pumpkin seeds
Baby back ribs from 12 Bones
Rubbed with a blend of brown sugar and spices, slow smoked with oak and sauced with blueberry chipotle sauce
Braised collard greens – traditional southern favorite braised with crispy applewood smoked bacon and sweet onions
Corn pudding – sweet corn and spicy peppers
Belgian Dark Chocolate and Cup of Joe from Ultimate Ice Cream
Highland Mocha Stout Cake from French Broad Chocolates
There was a lot of food – much more than what I have shown you. There was also:
- Montadito en Escabeche from Cúrate
- Duck Liver Pate with Natural Pickles and Lavash from King James Public House
- Posana Kale Salad from Posana Café
- Empanadas from The Cantina
- Foraged mushroom gratin, roaste shallots, parmesan herb crust, crostinis from The Market Place
- Artisan breads from Annie’s Bakery
- Three BBQ sauces with Roasted Pork, Gaelic Ale Mustard, St. Terese’s Mustard from Crooked Condiments
- Pickled vegetables from Green River Picklers
- Mocha Stout Micheladas featuring the Black Mocha Stout BBQ Sauce from Smoking J’s Fiery Foods
About the Brewery
Highland Brewery is a family-owned brewery named in honor of the Scots-Irish who settled in the Appalachian mountains in the 18th & 19th centuries. It is the first legal brewery in Asheville since Prohibition.
Highland is in its second generation of family ownership with founder, Oscar Wong, and his daughter Leah Wong Ashburn. Oscar is of Chinese descent and was born and raised in Jamaica. After retiring early from a successful engineering career that took him all over the country, Oscar landed in Asheville in 1994 and started Highland Brewing “as a hobby” in the 3,500 square foot basement of Barley’s Taproom in downtown Asheville. He is an active member of the Rotary Club and other community-minded volunteer endeavors. Leah is a Chapel Hill alum from Charlotte, NC, who joined the brewery in 2011 in a sudden confluence of life changes, resulting in a husband, two step-daughters and a new home and job in Asheville. She serves as Vice President and will lead the company when her father retires.*
Schlemeel, schlemazel….sorry – I had to do it. I really enjoyed touring Highland Brewing Company, but the first thing I that came to mind when I saw the shiny bottles lined up was the theme song from Laverne & Shirley. I started to sing it ~quietly to myself~ when I was there.
As you can see, there was a lot of food for us to enjoy. But that was only the beginning of our culinary journey! We still had a tour of Hickory Nut Gap Farm and Looking Glass Creamery on our agenda, followed by an evening restaurant crawl. Looking back I had no idea of how much food – all of the different types of dishes – that I would have in ONE day. Oh my!
What dish do you think you would try first?
*I would like to thank the Asheville CVB for providing information about the tasty dishes we enjoyed as well as information about Highland Brewing Company.