High Branch Brewing is a family-run artisanal brewery located in the historic Gibson Mill in Concord, North Carolina. We focus on Belgian inspired and hop forward ales, with an emphasis on fermentation profiles.
High Branch opened in November of 2015, when we decided to turn our passion for beer into a business. TJ (brewer for High Branch) discovered his love for making beer in 2009 after receiving his first home brew kit. Since then, the drive to make craft beer has been all-consuming.
We wanted to create a brewery/tap room space that is fun and lighthearted, while keeping the quality of the beer as the top priority.
High Branch symbolizes always reaching for the "higher branch" and endeavoring to improve the beer being produced. We strive to use local ingredients and develop relationships with farmers and other small businesses.
Turning our passion into a business would not have been possible without the support of our family and friends.
— TJ & Maureen Creighton
High Branch Brewing’s tap room is a family friendly space to relax, socialize and enjoy great beer. We have indoor and outdoor seating, and dogs are welcome on our deck.
While we don't have a restaurant onsite, we do offer snacks from a local farmer and cafe. Please also feel free to bring your own food in any time.
Join us for yoga on Thursdays from 7 to 8. $8 a person, which includes the class and one beer. Bring your own mat.
We have a projector to show football and other events. We aren't a sports bar but we want to offer something for our fellow local sports fans.
Check out our Facebook page for upcoming can and bottle releases, as well as other events happening in the tap room.
While limited, we do rent the tap room out Monday and Tuesday evenings, as well as Saturdays before 12 and Sundays before 1. Contact Maureen for more information.
High Branch Brewing Co
325 McGill Ave Suite 148
Concord, NC 28027
High Branch is located in the Gibson Mill in Concord, North Carolina. As you enter the Gibson Mill parking lot, our front entrance is through the double doors under the green awning. We are in Suite 148 at the end of the hall. You can also use the rear entrance which is just behind the main building and to the left.
Saison with Fruit
A Thirsty Nomad Brewing collaboration beer. We used fresh local strawberries, hibiscus flowers and two different saison yeasts to create this refreshing summer beer.
A barrel aged Grisette. A mixed culture, low gravity wheat beer that is similar to a Saison. Earthy and lightly tart.
For the first day of fall we are releasing Autumn Tweener. This Saison was brewed with primarily NC ingredients. We used local honey, malt, and hops.
Collaboration with Birdsong Brewing Co. This beer is a summer crusher that is lightly tart and quite drinkable.
A barrel fermented Saison re-fermented with raspberries and blackberries. It has a slight tartness and is heavy on the fruit.
This beer is loaded with Amarillo, Columbus, and Simcoe hops. It stands at 8% ABV but you can't tell while drinking it. Thanks to a touch of oats in the recipe it drinks incredibly smooth.
We brewed this stout in an effort to mimic a blueberry dessert. The blueberries are restrained and we added graham crackers in the mash.
Our traditional Berliner Weisse aged on local NC Blueberries. We utilize a no boil process and age the beer in barrels for 3-6 months.
Hazy IPA aged on lactose sugar and mangoes.
This is our version of the American Blonde Ale. It is hopped nicely with American citrus hops without being overly bitter. It is easy to drink yet still flavorful.
This Porter was brewed with lactose sugar and aged on whole coffee beans.
A barrel-aged beer fermented on peaches. Aged with a mixed culture, making the beer slightly tart.
This Saison is soured in the kettle and then fermented in stainless with our house yeast. We add a light amount of hops late for a delicate hop flavor.
IPA w/ Coffee
We added Ethiopia beans from Mello Coffee Roasters to Little Sis. The coffee is seamlessly integrated, creating depth to this citrus dominated IPA!
Belgian Blonde Ale
This is a light colored beer that fermented with a belgian yeast giving it a slightly spicy and fruity aroma. Hopped solely with East Kent Golding there is a moderate hop flavor to go with the smooth dry finish and perceived malt sweetness of the beer.
Deeney's Day Off is a citrusy and hazy IPA coming in at 7% ABV. Lots of oats and flaked wheat in this one for a silky mouthfeel. Hopped with citra, falconers flight, and Columbus hops.
Our traditional Berliner Weisse aged on Elderberries. We utilize a no boil process and age the beer in barrels for 3-6 months.
An incredibly smooth stout with notes of dark chocolate and a light roast. A little bit of oats and a high mash temperature lend to a full body.
Grisette w/ Basil
A blend of barrel aged and young clean fermented beer. Crisp, low on hops, and light in body. Aged on Dark Opal Basil and Holy Basil grown by Alexander Acres.
A barrel fermented Brett beer (Brett is a wild yeast). We dry hopped it with citrusy hops to go with the funkiness of the yeast.
This is a blended beer with a portion of it being barrel fermented Saison. We added organic cucumbers from Alexander Acres in Concord, NC.
This is a light easy drinking brown ale fermented with a Belgian yeast. The hops are subdued and the beer ferments quite dry.
HB Squared is a double IPA brewed with our pals from Heist Brewery (Charlotte, NC). We made the trek down there to make this semi hazy, tropical hop drank.
Hazy IPA w/ Honey
A delicious and balanced IPA brewed with local honey from Salisbury, NC.
This beer has late additions of citrusy northwest hops, which results in a deliciously balanced beer with a low bitterness. The citrus is restrained but adds another dimension to the beer.
Imposter is a interesting beer as the color does not match the flavor. We are calling it a Golden Stout with flavors of coffee, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. After fermentation we added whole coffee beans from Villani's Bakery to add a complex coffee flavor and aroma.
Hazy Double IPA
This is a smooth drinking Double IPA. Dry hopped with heavy additions of Vic Secret along with smaller additions of Mosaic and Centennial to create intense aromatics and notes of tropical fruits with pine.
IPA w/ OJ & Pineapple Juice
Not for the faint of heart. Freshly Juiced Pineapple and Orange Juice in this IPA. Yep there's pulp.
This pale ale is easy to drink with a nice hop presence. We dry hop it lightly to add a citrus aroma to the light malt backbone.
This beer is dark, yet smooth and easy drinking. It was hit with Columbus hops early in the boil for bittering, and also "late additions" for flavor. This created a slight citrus note to go with the chocolate and roast backbone.
Our traditional Berliner Weisse aged on limes. We utilize a no boil process and age the beer in barrels for 3-6 months.
This is our Gose (sour) beer with sea salt! 5.4% ABV and very tasty.
Little Sis packs a potent hop punch with a modest alcohol content. Like her Big Sister, this beer is heavily hopped after the boil, resulting in a low perceived bitterness that is full of flavor and aromatics.
Smooth and easy drinking with a distinctive hop flavor and aroma from the heavy dry hopping with Mosaic and Columbus.
This is our smooth drinking coconut infused brown ale. Low hopping rates and the addition of toasted coconut together meld a deliciously balanced beer.
This beer has nice maple notes with a slight edge from Mello Coffee Roasters coffee. A light addition of vanilla rounds out the mouthfeel.
Our rotating milk stout with coffee and a touch of vanilla.
Milk Stout w/ Maple
The second version of our milk stout, this time with Vermont maple syrup. We added cinnamon and maple to this stout. Balanced with a nice hint of maple.
Milk Stout w/ Vanilla & Maple
A variant of the second version of our milk stout, this time with Vermont maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla beans.
The base beer for our rotating milk stout series. Silky mouthfeel and big notes of chocolate rounded by subtle roast and a slight sweetness on the back end.
Imperial Red Ale
A merging of the minds resulted in this delicious Imperial Red ale. We added natural grape juice to the fermenter after fermentation.
Dark Barrel Aged Saison
A dark Saison that spent months on "second use blueberries" in an oak barrel with a mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. The flavors meld wonderfully to make a nice tart beer with a touch of fruit.
Imperial Milk Stout
This is our imperial stout brewed with lactose sugar, vanilla beans, and Mello Coffee Roaster's coffee beans. Smooth, slightly sweet, and thick.
A farmhouse inspired ale that is 100% fermented in wine barrels. We use a mixed culture fermentation to bring on earthy flavors, a light tartness and fruitiness. Also available in bottles to take home.
A rotating IPA in which we test new hops and grain bills. The only constant will be the ABV. This version utilizes a hop new to us, Denali. In addition, we added Falconer's Flight and Columbus hops. Pineapple, citrus and pine.
We went with some old school hops Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe. We used a ton of wheat this time and the mouthfeel is amazing. Lots of grapefruit in the aroma and flavor for a very pleasant IPA.
Our third edition of our rotating IPA series. This one used a lot of oats for a nice full/silky mouthfeel. We also used Idaho 7 for the first time in addition to mosaic hops.
Our fourth edition of our rotating IPA series. In a world of juicy IPA, high bitterness, and extreme flavors we chose to go with subtlety. Falconers Flight and Amarillo hops for a nice easy drinking IPA.
Version 5 of our rotating hops series. Full bodied, hazy, and balanced. Motueka, Ella, and Vic Secret Hops.
Version 6 of our rotating hops series. Full bodied, hazy, and balanced. Comet, Citra and Motueka hops.
Version 7 of our rotating hops series. This one is 100% Mosaic dry hop.
A smoky and slightly sweet high ABV Saison. The malt is smoked over cherry wood to give a nice flavor to work with the yeast.
Poke is our interpretation of a historical Berliner Weisse. We utilize a no boil method of brewing while simply heating the wort to near boiling temperatures to sterilize it. The beer is then aged with a mixed culture for 3-6 months.
Hazy Pale Ale
This Pale Ale has the same base recipe as our regular Pounder, but was dry hopped with twice the amount of Simcoe. Smooth, citrus and haze!
Hazy Pale Ale
A hazy Pale Ale with Citra, Centennial, and Simcoe hops. Super clean, perfect mouthfeel, and a nice softness.
Notes of stone fruits, citrus, and pineapple. This batch turned out super fruity and insanely crushable.
American Session Ale
American Session Ale with a nice aroma and low bitterness. We added body back to the beer with flaked grains despite the low ABV.
A clean, stainless fermented Saison aged on raspberry. Light and fruity.
Rusted Door is a barrel aged Brett Saison that we aged for 3 months before packaging. It is not sour but it a has a nice earthy character from the Brett strain. 6.0% and very refreshing.
A Saison brewed with flaked rye for a nice spiciness on the back end. We also added East Kent Golding hops for a nice flavor and aroma.
Motueka, Ella, and Vic Secret hops in this Hazy IPA. We get lingering tropical fruits, a spicy edge, and floral hop character. Used lot of oats in this one for a silky mouthfeel.
Irish Dry Stout
An Irish Dry Stout on nitro. Heavily roasted malts add to the dryness of the beer and the nitro creates a cascading head, resulting in a smooth and highly drinkable ale.
We brewed this dark Saison in advance of the shortest day of the year (December 21). It is light bodied and easy drinking with a touch of tartness and chocolate malty flavor. It is quite light on the palate despite the color.
Our collab with Durty Bull Brewing Company (Durham, NC). Sour Tree is a refreshingly tart Saison with tamarind added.
This is a blonde kettle soured ale fermented with a neutral yeast. It results in a tart beer that is nice on a hot day.
This is an amber saison with a firm hop character. The amber color comes from Special B malt to give the beer a raisin/toffee flavor.
A light dry stout with East Kent Golding hops. This beer is dark brown more than black and is easy drinking for warmer weather.
This pale ale is less aromatic than Lake View and is brewed with 100% Simcoe hops. It is intended to be an everyday/easy drinker.
Poke is our interpretation of a historical Berliner Weisse. We utilize a no boil method of brewing while simply heating the wort to near boiling temperatures to sterilize it. The beer is then aged with a mixed culture for 3-6 months and aged on SC strawberries.
This is a delicious American wheat beer that was dry hopped with Citra and Hallertau Blanc hops. It is cloudy yet crisp and full of hops.
Belgian Tripel Ale
This beer comes in at 8.9% ABV and is fermented with a Belgian Ale yeast. Light in color and in body it is dangerously drinkable.
Our house saison aged on lavender. Herbal and floral.
Tweener is unfiltered and unpasteurized, resulting in a beer with a slight haze that’s true to the style. This golden ale has notes of fruit and pepper from our house yeast.
A hazy IPA coming in at 7% ABV, smooth drinking and crushable. Unstable is a constant project for us....guess it is living up to its name! We felt the hop character was a little light with our typical recipe so we opted for a third dry hop addition on this one utilizing Citra. It will be slightly different than the past batches but maybe even more juicy with a bitterness kick on the back end. In the dry hop we used Citra, Falconers Flight, and El Dorado.
Wakey Wakey is a coffee infused Saison coming in at 6% ABV. We used a light hand to add the coffee which lends a nice chocolate/roast flavor that lingers after the sip. It's not overpowering and very balanced with our house saison yeast culture.
Poke is our interpretation of a historical Berliner Weisse. We utilize a no boil method of brewing while simply heating the wort to near boiling temperatures to sterilize it. The beer is then aged with a mixed culture for 3-6 months and aged on Concord, NC watermelons from Green Meadow Acres.
Wheat Ale w/ Guava
While You're Up is an American Wheat beer with puréed guava. We lightly dry hopped it with Mosaic hops. The hops and guava meld nicely to create a nice summer beer that is easy drinking.
Imperial Pumpkin Ale
This imperial pumpkin ale comes in at 8.5% ABV and is quite smooth. We added pumpkin purée, cinnamon, vanilla beans, and chili peppers. None of the flavors dominate but it is oh so good!
Aged on local chocolate habaneros from Green Meadow Acres in Concord, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Super smooth with a nice thick body and a hint of heat on the back end.