Some of the best vacation days are unplanned – snow days, being a tourist in your own town, or a spontaneous day trip. Relish the unscheduled time with Daycation IPA, Highland’s portfolio linchpin and, at 4.9% ABV, the potential for any day to be a Daycation.
Beyond the name, creating the right low-gravity IPA came with months of targeted recipe trials. Daycation is a small beer with a big grist bill, because the desired balance and body is a harmony of six different malts.
“It’s hard to make a beer this small that doesn’t disappear. We wanted some body and mouthfeel and got the right mix by adding small percentages of wheat, rye and flaked oats,” said Stephenson.
From that base, Brewing and Quality created three rounds of dry hop trials. Using variable quantities and combinations of hops – Mosaic®, Citra®, El Dorado®, and Azacca® – a dry hop sensory panel twice determined the best combinations for a third pilot before the winner was sealed and the final recipe was scaled up for full production. This beer packs in tropical, lemony, pineapple leaf flavors and aromas, perfectly balanced with a bready, bright, sessionable body.
Highland has delivered several quality American IPAs since Brewmaster Hollie Stephenson’s arrival. The brewery kicked off the recent streak with the small batch King MacAlpin Double IPA, followed by the incredibly well received West Coast-style, year-round Highland IPA, and the crushable orange year-round Mandarina IPA. Daycation rounds out the IPA family with full flavor and a low ABV.
Grist – 2 Row Brewers Malt, White Wheat, Rye, Vienna, Caramel 20 & Flaked Oats
Original gravity – 11.8° Plato
Hops – Mosaic®, Citra®, El Dorado & Azacca®
Alcohol – 4.9% by volume
IBU – 40
Highland Brewing Company has crafted the highest quality beer with North Carolina mountain water since 1994. Family-owned and Asheville’s first legal brewery since Prohibition, it is a favorite destination for beer fans, music fans, and families. From the balanced, food-pairing favorite Gaelic Ale, to the tad aggressive, fruit and pine hop-burst of Highland IPA, the portfolio always showcases quality. Highland’s name honors the Scots Irish who settled in the Appalachian Mountains in the 18th and 19th centuries.