Hi-Wire Brewing Rolls Out Launch of Sour & Wild Ale Program

Asheville, NC – Hi-Wire Brewing will officially be rolling out its Sour & Wild Ale program Saturday, November 19, 2017 at 12:00pm at their South Slope Speciality Brewery with a bottle release of its two first sours, including a Sour Blonde Ale and Wild Rye IPA.

Over the course of the past year, Hi-Wire’s South Slope Specialty Brewery has fully transitioned from brewing a wide variety of one-time-release ales and lagers to brewing exclusively sour and wild beers. After one year of experimenting with limited releases from their Single Barrel Series and one-off batches of wild-ales, Hi-Wire Brewing is excited to announce the official release of its first two sours that will be hitting all four of the states they distribute in on Monday, November 21.

The Sour Blonde Ale (7.65% ABV) was aged in American oak red wine barrels before being bottle conditioned. It displays aromas of citrus rind and hay from brettanomyces with faint berry, pineapple, and oak. This classic American-style sour exhibits notes of bright acidic stone and tropical fruit, subtle brett funk with a clean, dry finish. Bottles will be $17.

The Wild Rye IPA (6.75%) is a lively, tropical India Pale Ale blending rye spice, dank mango, and pine notes from American hops, with the rustic character of house brett. Aged for 6 months before being bottle conditioned, this wild ale has a medium body that finishes with a soft bitterness and lasting notes of tropical fruit & funk. Bottles will be $13.

In conjunction with the release of the Sour & Wild Ale program, Hi-Wire Brewing has launched the RingMaster V.I.P. Beer Club, a year-long limited membership program that provides exclusive sour and wild ale beer releases to members. Membership is $200 and includes the following:

  1. Receive five sour and wild ale releases per year, that are custom beers for RingMaster members. No other customers will have access to these beers. These special release beers are included with your VIP membership and there is no additional cost to get them. No shipping; all beers must be picked up from our South Slope Speciality Brewery (197 Hilliard Avenue).
  2. RingMaster members are entitled to a barrel tasting of in-progress sour beers with our brewers once during the year.
  3. 15% off all Hi-Wire Brewing merchandise purchases in either taproom with membership ID card.
  4. Free admission to any Hi-Wire event with membership ID card.
  5. One-of-a-kind embroidered Hi-Wire Brewing t-shirt.
  6. RingMaster members will receive one VIP member Teku glass.
  7. The opportunity to purchase bottles and cans of ALL releases one day prior to the public release date.

More information and registration is available at hiwirebrewing.com/vip

About Hi-Wire Brewing Located in Asheville, NC, Hi-Wire Brewing is known for producing approachable and balanced lagers and ales, most notably Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch IPA. They have two locations in Asheville: the 27,000 square foot Big Top Production Brewery & Taproom located half a mile from the Biltmore Estate and the South Slope Specialty Brewery & Taproom located in the South Slope region of downtown. Hi-Wire was awarded the most medals at the 2014 NC Brewer’s Cup and was named Best New North Carolina Brewery of 2013 by RateBeer. Most recently, the Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager won gold at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival® in the German-Style Maerzen category. Their award-winning beers can be found on draft and in bottles across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia.

“Here’s to you, Asheville!” Fresh Hop Double IPA

Asheville, NC – On Saturday, August 27th at 6:00pm Hi-Wire Brewing | 2 Huntsman Place | will be releasing a limited number of 22oz bottles of their Good Vibes Fresh Hop Double IPA (9.0% ABV), made with local hops from OB Joyful Hops Farm and malt from local Riverbend Malt House for $15 per bottle.

From supporting non-profits, or acting as a lead sponsor for local festivals, Hi-Wire Brewing prides itself on being a local business in Asheville, NC. More important, they love giving back to the community that formed them as a brewery. Good Vibes Fresh Hop Double IPA is a ‘thank you’ to the community that has embraced and supported Hi-Wire from the beginning. This big, fresh hopped IPA, showcases Heritage & Pilsner malt from Asheville’s Riverbend Malt House, and creates the perfect canvas for 15 lbs per barrel of freshly picked Chinook and Cascade hops courtesy of OB Joyful Hops Farm.

Johnathan Parks, Hi-Wire’s Head Specialty Brewer, notes “working with fresh local ingredients is great. Not only are we helping out local businesses but we get to showcase flavors that really represent Western North Carolina. Brewing a beer with freshly picked hops straight off the vine and 100% local malt is something we can only do once a year during the hop harvest, so this beer is pretty special. I’m looking forward to showing Asheville what our locally grown, fresh hops taste like.”

The bottle release will feature local artist, Ian Wilkinson, whose artwork can be seen on the Good Vibes water tower located in the River Arts District as well as the Good Vibes Fresh Hop Double IPA beer label. Ian will be doing a live art demonstration during the bottle release that will be raffled off at the end of the evening. Every individual who purchases a bottle of the Good Vibes Fresh Hop Double IPA beer will automatically receive a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be for sale for $5. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the Asheville Area Arts Council.

Live music from local musicians, Jay & John Moye, will be happening in conjunction with the release from 7pm-10pm. Foothills Local Meats, a company specializing in local and pasture-raised meats for retail and wholesale markets, will be serving up fine eats for the event as well.

Come on down, and join Hi-Wire Brewing, Saturday, August 27 at 6:00pm as they raise a glass to celebrate all-things-local, and even better, all-things-Asheville!

Batch #5 of Hi-Wire's Single Barrel Series

Hi­-Wire Announces Batch #5 of their Single Barrel Series

Approaching their one year anniversary of brewing one­ off and sour beers at the revamped South Slope Specialty Brewery, Hi­Wire Brewing has hit their stride and is building towards more frequent releases from their wild ale and sour program. To celebrate, Hi­Wire will be releasing Batch #5 of their Single Barrel Series, Saturday, July 9 at 12pm at their South Slope location | 197 Hilliard Ave.

Hi-Wire Single Barrel Series Batch #5Hi­Wire Brewing took a leap of faith one year ago and started experimenting with sours and wild ales. In addition to their sour and wild ale program, a small portion of production is dedicated to producing a different line of limited speciality beers which they are calling the Single Barrel Series. All Single Barrel Series releases are small batches fermented 100% in oak barrels with mixed yeast cultures, bottle conditioned with brettanomyces, and sold in cork and caged 750ml bottles.

Batch #5 of the Single Barrel Series is a single malt, single hop Imperial IPA (9.5% ABV) brewed and aged in a white wine barrel with Brettanomyces for 8 months. Dank tropical fruit & bright citrus notes from Citra hops blend perfectly with earthy brett funk & oak in this big complex beer with a smooth, warming finish. Bottles will be $14.

Production of these beers are limited to 120 bottles each and will not see distribution. Join Hi­ Wire at noon on July 9 to get your hands on these special, limited beers.