D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Highland Brewing Company Collection

Summary Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
Highland Brewing Company Collection
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Linear feet
Physical Description
The collection contains documents, sample bottle labels, press releases, newspaper and magazine articles, a CD Rom, and copies of articles from Highland Brewing.Company.
Located in Special Collections, Row 4, Sections 5.

Preferred Citation

Highland Brewing Company Collection, Special Collections, D. H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville.

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Scope and Contents

The Highland Brewing Company Collection (HBC) contains documents and articles from Highland Brewing Company. Founded in 1994, HBC is the oldest continuously operating brewery in Asheville and is considered the seminal brewery that paved the way for Asheville's craft brewing in the early 21st century. The strength of the collection is from the extensive documentation that Oscar Wong and Leah Wong Ashburn collected of magazine and newspaper articles written about HBC from its founding days, many articles from smaller and hard to find publications.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives

Ramsey Library, CPO # 1500
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804-8504

Access Information

The collection is open for research. Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Custodial History

Donated by Oscar Wong and Leah Wong Ashburn, Fall 2015.


Additional accruals are expected.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

Folder 1: News articles and press releases, 1994-1999 

Folder 2: Magazine articles about Highland Brewing (Business NC, Smokey Mountain Living, Welcome, South Asheville Life, WNC, Japan Beer Times) 

Folder 3: Newspaper articles (2013-15) 

Folder 4: Articles about Oscar Wong, awards as Small Businessman of the Year, presentation to Mountain Bizworks, other materials. 

Folder 5: Articles about Leah Wong Ashburn and women brewers 

Folder 6: Articles about Highland's expansion, beer industry, and Troy & Sons distillery 

Folder 7: Highland Brewing - sample labels, beer lists, publicity materials 

Folder 8: Highland Brewing company profile, NC Manufacturers Register, 2002 

Folder 9: Copies of various advertisements 

Folder 10: Modern Brewery Age barrelage ranking report, 2008 

Folder 11: 2008 World Beer Cup competition entry 

Folder 11: US Beer Tasting Competition 2009 Summer Competition entry 

Folder 12: Carolinas Championship of Beer awards for HBC - 2008 

Folder 13: Information on printing beer labels, publicity materials -2001-2003 

Folder 14: Beer labels and advertisement information 

Folder 15: Beer glass orders - California Glass Company 

Folder 16: Orders for signage