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Highland Brewing Company — St. Terese’s Pale Ale

St. Terese's Pale Ale - Highland Brewing
Liz Riggs

IBU: 24

Sometimes I forget that Highland Brewing is an Asheville brewery, mostly because there are so many breweries drowning the small mountain town in booze.

And then I find myself in Salter Path, North Carolina — a stretch of beach “town” a handful of miles down from Atlantic Beach, not to be confused with Atlantic City. There is nothing in Salter Beach except for oceanfront property and sand.

And a place called Port of Call: Bogue Dining, which serves a short list of craft beer, one of which is St. Terese’s Pale Ale. The menu lists the beer as being from RiverHighland Brewery, which was utterly confusing, but didn’t keep me from pouring a glass of this. It made washing down the warmed up frozen broccoli drenched in butter a little easier.

St. Terese’s is a light, easy, refreshing pale ale. If I were trying to convert a Coors Light drinker into a craft beer drinker, I might start with St. Terese’s (Or Dry Dock’s Apricot, because of its apricot-y-ness). Even on Highland’s website, they tell you that the beer was brewed for easy drinking. Its hop profile is pretty mild on the tongue, but super aromatic on the nose. Which is great, because it’s a golden pale that smells good and drinks easy.

For hop lovers, it won’t be extreme enough, but for a reliable pale ale after a long day at the beach, it will definitely do the trick. Plus, the Cascade and Chinook hops it uses are so refreshing you won’t even want a glass of water afterwards.

And, perhaps the best part of this beer? The source of its name: the patron saint of headaches, Highland notes, “in consideration of all beer lovers who may occasionally be over served.”

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