Highland Brewing Company (Asheville, North Carolina) announced this week that they are officially releasing Gaelic Ale in 12 oz. cans to give craft beer fans another option when it comes to enjoying the brewery’s flagship offering.
Since it was first brewed and bottled in 1994, Gaelic Ale – originally named Celtic Ale – quickly became a fan-favorite offering for Highland Brewing and has been “the top-selling native beer in North Carolina” for quite some time. Now that the brewery has added a canning line, it only makes sense to have Gaelic Ale join the canned craft beer boom and become available to those who enjoy both the outdoors and fine beer offerings. Gaelic Ale joins Highland Pilsner and Mandarina IPA as the brewery’s lineup of canned brews.
“With bottling and canning operations, we are in a new chapter. And Gaelic is the right beer to package both ways because of its flexibility – its medium body and balance.” said Leah Ashburn, President. “It fits with food or on its own, in cool or warm weather. Gaelic cans will be with me on my next hike.”
If you are unfamiliar with this offering, Gaelic Ale is an American Amber Ale that is a nod to the Scottish Ale style. Deep amber in color, this beer boasts an exceptional balance between the sweetness of its rich malt body and the complex hop flavor and aroma. Gaelic Ale comes together as a brew with “universal appeal” and the ability to be a true daily drinker.
Cans of Gaelic Ale officially release at a launch party to be held at the brewery on September 16 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Although distribution of cans from Highland Brewing Company has been limited to this point, the brewery plans to expand availability of all three canned offerings to all of their markets now that Gaelic Ale has joined the lineup. Look for these cans to start hitting shelves in Alabama, Florida, and throughout the brewery’s full distribution footprint in the coming months. Prost!
Vital Information on Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing Company
Style – American Amber Ale
Availability – Year-round
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 30
Malts – 2 Row Brewers Malt, Munich, Caramel 40, Caramel 60 & Extra Special Malt
Hops – Chinook, Willamette, & Cascade
Packaging – 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles, and on draft
Distribution – limited area for now with distribution planned to expand to Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Washington, DC markets in the coming months