November Beer Releases

Asheville, NC- Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing four speciality beers in November. Customers can expect one beer from their Sour & Wild Ale program, and three variants of an old fan favorite.

Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing a Dark Berry Sour (6.9% ABV) on Saturday, November 11th at 12pm from their South Slope Sour & Wild Ale facility | 197 Hilliard Ave. Foeder aged for nine months, and with a total fermentation time of one year, Dark Berry Sour ale was brewed with raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. With notes of dark fruit and grape jelly, this beer is reminiscent of a chocolate covered raspberry. This beer will see limited distribution the second week of November and will be on draft in both of Hi-Wire Brewing’s taprooms beginning November 11.

To round out November, Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing a Strongman Coffee Milk Stout Mixed 12 Pack with three additional variants of the original beer. Featuring Habanero Strongman, Raspberry Mocha Strongman, Single Origin Strongman, plus the Original Strongman Coffee Milk Stout, customers will get three of each in this awesome stout mixed-pack. To celebrate the release, Hi-Wire Brewing will be hosting a Strongman Brunch, Sunday, November 19th at 10am at their Big Top location | 2 Huntsman Place. Customers can enjoy live bluegrass by the No Name Ramblers, a hearty breakfast from Foothills Local Meats, and flights or pints of the Strongman variants offered in the mixed-pack. The menu is as follows:

Brunch Menu:
Two pasture-raised eggs, cooked to order
Sourdough toast with beef butter or biscuit & beer gravy
Choice of Foothills breakfast sausage patties or bacon
Home fries with peppers & onions

Ala Carte options:
Habanero Stout mini beef hand pie
Raspberry Mocha Stout French toast stuffed with bourbon cream cheese

The Strongman Coffee Milk Stout Mixed 12 Pack will see limited distribution in Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint the second week of November.

October Beer Releases

Hi-Wire Brewing announced today the release of three beers scheduled to hit shelves during the month of October. Their releases include some old favorites, including Strongman Coffee Milk Stout and Twice As Nice Doppelbock, as well as a new release from Hi-Wire Brewing’s Sour & Wild Ale program, a Brett Saison with Passion Fruit & Hibiscus.

Strongman Coffee Milk Stout (5.3% ABV), inspired by head brewer Luke Holgate’s cafe con leche-fueled travels in Key West, has become one of the most anticipated seasonals from Hi-Wire Brewing. A Mexican and Honduran blend of locally roasted coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co. is cold extracted and added post fermentation to this sweet, creamy beer. With huge notes of coffee and latte sweetness, this beer is perfect for brunch. Available in 6-packs and on draft beginning October 13, this beer will see Hi-Wire Brewing’s entire distribution footprint.

Twice As Nice Doppelbock (10% ABV), inspired by a traditional German doppelbock, is a robust dark lager. Despite its full flavor and high alcohol, this beer was lagered for more than 8 weeks to make it light on the palate and incredibly smooth. Expect Vienna and Munich malt to contribute subtle flavors of fig, plum and chocolate to this big, yet easy-drinking beer. Available in 6-packs and on draft beginning October 23, this beer will also see Hi-Wire Brewing’s entire distribution footprint.

Scheduled to be released Saturday, October 7 at 12pm from their South Slope Speciality Sour & Wild Ale facility (197 Hilliard Ave) is a Brett Saison with Passion Fruit & Hibiscus (5.9% ABV). Notes of white grape, dank passion fruit, and funky rose petals are highlighted in this tropical wild ale. With a total fermentation time of 9 months, this beer will be available in 750ml bottles. It will see limited distribution the second week of October and will be on draft in both of Hi-Wire Brewing’s taprooms beginning October 8.

2017 Fall Seasonals & Specialties

After a busy summer, things do not seem to be slowing down for Hi-Wire Brewing. With production in full swing, Hi-Wire Brewing is excited to announce the release of four beers in the upcoming month.

Taking home the Gold Medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in the German-Style Maerzen beer-style category, customers will be able to enjoy Hi-Wire Brewing’s Zirkusfest Oktoberfest (6% ABV) beginning the first week of August. Zirkusfest is a traditional Maerzen that boasts all the flavors one wants in a rich Oktoberfest lager without the heavy finish. The use of Munich malt provides upfront biscuity and honey flavors that fade into a dry finish. Zirkusfest Oktoberfest will be available on draught and in six-packs throughout Hi-Wire Brewing’s entire distribution footprint, as well as both of Hi-Wire’s taprooms.

For the fifth year in a row, Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing Lion Tamer Rye IPA (7% ABV). This popular ale seasonal is aggressively hopped with a blend of citrus-forward Citra and Amarillo hops. Ruby red in color, Lion Tamer’s citrus fruit flavors are rounded out by the unmistakable spice bite of rye. Also available in six-packs and on draft, this beer will see Hi-Wire’s entire footprint beginning July 28.

Coming out of their Specialty program for the first time this fall is Hi-Wire Brewing’s Southern Hemisphere IPA (7% ABV). With hops from New Zealand and Australia, join Hi-Wire Brewing on an exploration of southern hops in this aromatic and drinkable India pale ale. Notes of green melon, juicy cantaloupe, and piney resin balance perfectly with a firm bitterness that doesn’t linger and finishes dry. Available in 4-packs of 16oz cans, Southern Hemisphere IPA will see limited distribution in Hi-Wire Brewing’s entire footprint beginning August 14.

Lastly, Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing their much anticipated Apricot Sour Ale (8.5% ABV) Saturday, August 5 at 12pm from their South Slope facility | 197 Hilliard Ave. With upfront sourness, this beer is balanced with apricot sweetness before finishing dry and oaky from red-wine barrels. With a total fermentation time of 11 months, this sour ale will be available in 750ml bottles and will see limited distribution the second week of August.

Hi-Wire Brewing Celebrates 4th Anniversary

Hi-Wire Brewing will be celebrating their 4th Anniversary on Saturday, July 22 at 5:00pm at their Big Top Production Brewery | 2 Huntsman Place | with a variety of circus-themed attractions, including a glass-house maze, ferris wheel, dual aerialist acts, tarot card reader, stilt walkers, a high striker, a face painter and much more. Additionally, they will be pouring sixteen, never to be seen again, sour and wild ales.

Hi-Wire Brewing opened a little over four years ago at their 3,000 square foot South Slope location, only brewing and distributing in the Asheville area. Today, Hi-Wire Brewing distributes to five states, and works out of a 27,000 square foot production facility in the Biltmore Village area of Asheville.

Reflecting on the past four years, co-owner Adam Charnack notes “While it’s been only four years since Chris and I started Hi-Wire, it feels like forty years sometimes. I hear similar feedback from our loyal fans as well ‘haven’t you guys been around for like six or seven years?’ So much has changed in four years, including our now two-year-old Big Top facility being built and our incredible growth. But our commitment to quality and innovation as well as to the communities that we’re a part of has only grown deeper and deeper. Thanks to everyone who’s been such a big part of our success – our employees, accounts in the marketplace that have supported us, our distributors, and, of course, you – our fans. Cheers!”

Step Right Up! and come enjoy this family-friendly party with Hi-Wire Brewing. Admission is $10 and includes commemorative glassware and two beer tokens. For more information visit www.hiwirebrewing.com or follow us on social media @hiwirebrewing.

Hi-Wire Brewing Announces Atlanta Distribution

Hi-Wire Brewing is proud to announce the addition of Atlanta, Northwest Georgia, and Southwest Georgia to their distribution network, which will result in full geographic coverage in the state. To launch these new markets, Hi-Wire is partnering with Georgia Crown Distributing Co, with rollout events happening the first week of June.

With great success in smaller markets such as Athens, Augusta, and Savannah, Hi-Wire Brewing feels confident their decision to launch the larger Atlanta market, as well as the remainder of the state of Georgia, will only further their brand and presence in an extremely passionate and developing craft beer community. Chris Lutkowski, Director of Sales for Hi-Wire Brewing, notes “the opportunity to roll out into a major metropolitan area like Atlanta doesn’t come along too often. Hi-Wire will certainly see an incredible boost in its overall sales, but I believe the increased exposure from having a larger and more targeted audience, is the bigger piece of the puzzle.”

Hi-Wire will be launching Atlanta with their entire portfolio, including year-round, seasonal, specialty, and sour beers. To celebrate, craft beer drinkers will be able to join the owners and sales team of Hi-Wire Brewing at a variety of tap takeovers, tastings, and other specialty events throughout the week of June 5th-9th. Below is a sampling of the events, and check out Hi-Wire’s social media for more announcements:

Monday, June 5
6pm | Launch Party – Argosy (Argosy (470 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta)

Tuesday, June 6
6:30pm | Beer Geek Tuesday – Cypress Street Pint & Plate (817 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta)

Wednesday, June 7
4pm | Tap Takeover – My Friend’s Growler Shop (415 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta)
5pm | Tap Takeover – My Parent’s Basement (22 N. Avondale Rd. Avondale Estates)

Thursday, June 8
4pm | Tap Takeover – Ale Yeah! (906 W. College Ave, Decatur)
6pm | Tap Takeover – Republic Social House (437-C Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta)

Saturday, June 10
11am | Tap Takeover – The Beer Growler (38A N. Avondale Rd. Avondale Estates)

May Speciality Releases

Hi-Wire Brewing Announces May Speciality Beer Releases

Hi-Wire Brewing is excited announce the release of two speciality beers which will be perfect for your summer-stocked-cooler. If you are into fresh, hoppy, tropical beer vibes, then these two beers will be right up your alley.

Being released Saturday, April 29th at 12pm from their South Slope Sour & Wild Ale facility is Tropical Sour Weisse with Passion Fruit & Guava (4.2% ABV).This tropical fruit bomb displays an electric acidity and big hop aromas. It was first soured with lactobacillus in the kettle, then fermented in stainless tanks with saccharomyces before being barrel-aged with lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces for 10 months, with the last 4 on passion fruit and guava. The barrels were blended together and dry hopped with Mosaic and El Dorado before being refermented in bottles with champagne yeast. Available in 750ml bottles, this beer will see limited distribution in Hi-Wire Brewing’s entire distribution footprint and is expected to hit shelves the first week of May.

Next up from Hi-Wire Brewing’s Specialty program for 2017 is Citra Gose (4.2% ABV), available in 4-packs of 16oz cans beginning May 12. This refreshingly tart Gose blends perfectly with the citrus and tropical fruit notes of Citra hops, creating an extremely aromatic and floral sour wheat beer with no bitterness. Citra Gose will be available in both of Hi-Wire Brewing’s taprooms and will see limited distribution in their entire footprint.

Hi-Wire Brewing is stoked about these releases and is thrilled to share their ever-evolving releases from both their Speciality and Sour & Wild Ale programs with enthusiastic customers. Be sure to stop by their two taprooms or visit your local specialty beer store to experience these new summer releases.

 

Summer Seasonals & New Specialties

With the weather getting warmer, Hi-Wire Brewing is excited to announce the release of their summer seasonals, and two new specialty beers. Customers will soon be able to enjoy four releases from Hi-Wire Brewing including specialties Man Eater Double IPA and Blackberry Sour, and seasonals Aerialist Summer Lager and Uprisin’ Hefeweizen.

Man Eater Double IPA (8.3% ABV) triumphantly returns in 4-packs of 16oz cans. Hopped at a rate of 3.5 pounds per barrel, this is a seriously hopped Double IPA. Man Eater marries Amarillo’s spicy aromas with Citra’s classic notes of lemon zest and mandarin orange. These big hop aromas accompany a spicy, citrusy, floral flavor with a warming alcohol finish. Man Eater is now available in both of Hi-Wire’s taprooms and will see limited distribution in Hi-Wire Brewing’s footprint.

The next release from Hi-Wire Brewing’s Sour & Wild Ale program is a Blackberry Sour (8.2% ABV) in 750ml bottles, available Saturday, April 1st at 12pm from their South Slope Speciality Brewery. From stainless, to a blend of rye whisky, red wine, and North Carolina rum barrels before being bottled conditioned, this beer boasts a total fermentation time of 18 months. Think blackberry jam, brett, and oak in this balanced and drinkable ale.

The Aerialist Summer Lager (5.5% ABV), Hi-Wire Brewing’s seasonal lager, pairs two styles of beer: A German-Style Lager and an American IPA. Brewed with their house lager yeast and hopped with Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, and Huell Melon, this drinkable summer beer has big hop flavors of citrus and tropical fruit which give way to more subtle flavors of peach, melon, and apricot with a smooth, balanced finish. “This beer combines the profiles of two of my favorite styles, lagers and IPAs,” says Hi-Wire’s Head Brewer, Luke Holgate. “The light grain bill and clean lager fermentation profile create the perfect canvas for these hops to shine. This is a refreshing, warm-weather beer with a bite.” This beer will hit shelves the week of April 3rd in six-packs across Hi-Wire’s entire distribution footprint (North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Eastern Georgia, and Ohio), and will also be available on draft in numerous bars and restaurants across their territories through July.

Hi-Wire Brewing’s summer ale seasonal, Uprisin’ Hefeweizen (5% ABV), was brewed with North Carolina grown wheat from Riverbend Malt House located in Asheville, NC. This traditional German Hefeweizen is all about the yeast, with ester notes of banana backed by tones of clove, peppercorn, banana and spice that no one would expect from a traditional take on this beer. The Uprisin’ Hefeweizen will see Hi-Wire Brewing’s entire distribution footprint beginning April 14, and will be available in six-packs and on draught.

Hi-Wire Brewing Launches Distribution in Ohio

Hi-Wire Brewing will be launching distribution in the entire state of Ohio beginning Sunday, February 19 with roll-out events scheduled through March 3 in Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton.

Hi-Wire will be launching Ohio with their entire portfolio, including year-round, seasonal, specialty, and sour beers. For distribution, Hi-Wire has partnered with Premium Beverage Supply, a 100% craft and import beer and cider wholesaler based out of Columbus, Ohio, for statewide coverage. Chris Lutkowski, Director of Sales for Hi-Wire Brewing, notes “Ohio has a good number of retailers that prioritize craft beer sales and putting new brands in front of their customers. Regardless of whether or not it’s the bar down the street or the large box retailer that covers the country, the retailers take pride in understanding what the consumers want and what they are willing to try.”

Ohio is one of three projected new markets Hi-Wire Brewing plans to launch in 2017, which is part of a larger plan to grow sales by 60% this year. Co-owner of Hi-Wire Brewing, Chris Frosaker, notes “the launch of Ohio is an exciting new step for Hi-Wire and North Carolina made beer in general. Ohio is a top-five craft beer state, and its beer drinkers have more commonly been making Asheville a must-visit location. We are honored to be able to “export Asheville” to these amazing beer markets.”

To celebrate the launch of Hi-Wire’s brews in Ohio, craft beer drinkers will be able to join the owners and sales team of Hi-Wire Brewing at a variety of tap takeovers, beer pairings and other specialty events throughout each market over the next two weeks. Here’s a sampling of the events. Check out Hi-Wire’s social media for more announcements:

Columbus Area

Sunday, 2/19

  • Gallo’s Tap Room, Olentangy River Rd. | NW Columbus
  • Brother’s Bar & Grill | Downtown Columbus

Monday, 2/20

  • Condado Tacos, Short North | Columbus
  • Barrel on High, Short North | Columbus

Tuesday, 2/21

  • Local Cantina, Grandview Ave | Columbus
  • Grain + Grape, E Main | Columbus

Friday, 3/3

  • Lizardville | Westerville

Cincinnati Area

Wednesday, 2/22

  • Growler Stop | E Cincinnati
  • Dilly. Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop | Mariemont
  • Mac’s, Wooster Pike | Madisonville

Thursday, 2/23

  • BC’s Bottle Lodge | West Chester
  • Dingle House | West Chester

Saturday, 2/25

  • Cappy’s Wine and Spirits | Loveland

Dayton Area

Friday, 2/24

  • Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill | Vandalia

Wednesday, 3/1

  • Dorothy Lane #3 | Springboro

Cleveland Area/NE Ohio

Sunday, 2/26

  • Tremont Taphouse, Tremont | Cleveland

Monday, 2/27

  • XYZ the Tavern, Gordon Square/Detroit-Shoreway | Cleveland

Tuesday, 2/28

  • The Wine Spot, University Heights | Cleveland

Wednesday, 3/1

  • Craft Beer Bar | Cuyahoga Falls
  • Giant Eagle, Market District | Cuyahoga Falls

Toledo Area

Thursday, 3/2

  • Village Idiot | Maumee

January Beer Releases Announced

Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing four beers in early January 2017 that span every section of their portfolio, including two new seasonals, a limited specialty beer, and a release from their Sour & Wild Ale program.

Kicking off the Lager Seasonal program for 2017, Enchanter Baltic Porter (8.5% ABV) will be replacing Twice As Nice Doppelbock the first week of January. Lagered for 8 weeks, this robust porter was created with historic traditions in mind. Brewed to withstand shipment across the North Sea, Baltic Porters have a long tradition of being big, chewy beers.The Enchanter draws from these roots by blending an abundance of dark malts with tannic dryness imparted by American White Oak.

For the second year in a row, Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing Death Defying Spring Ale (6% ABV), but as a different style. In 2017, Death Defying is an Oatmeal Pale Ale that is easy drinking, hoppy, and smooth. Malted oats soften the satisfying bite of dank, piney, and tropical Eureka and El Dorado hops, creating the perfect beer to assist in your quest from winter to spring. Both Enchanter and Death Defying will see distribution throughout Hi-Wire’s entire footprint.

New from Hi-Wire this January is 10W-40 Imperial Stout, which is brewed with Coffee, Chocolate, and Vanilla (8% ABV). With notes of dark chocolate, fresh vanilla, and roasted coffee beans, this big decadent stout is full-bodied, sweet, and creamy with a smooth finish. From Asheville’s own French Broad Chocolates, the cocoa nibs are fresh and rounded out by milk sugar and Madagascar vanilla beans. Organic Dynamite Roasting Company coffee accentuates the cocoa and adds slight roast to balance out the vanilla in this dessert beer. 10W-40 will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz cans and will see limited distribution beginning January 6th.

Lastly, Hi-Wire Brewing will be selling their first foeder beer from their Sour & Wild Ale program with a bottle release Saturday, January 14 at 12pm at their South Slope brewery | 197 Hilliard Ave. The Foeder Brett Saison (6.5% ABV) is a fruity tart saison with an earthy brett character. Fermented and aged in a foeder for seven months, this beer is effervescent and drinkable with notes of stone fruit & white grape before finishing bone dry. This beer will see limited distribution and will be available on shelves beginning January 16.

Hi-Wire Brewing is able to offer a wide range of balanced and approachable lagers and ales, but remain innovative and experimental in the ever-changing craft beer market. Their line-up of January beer releases is a reflection of this, and they are proud to provide beers for everyone, from novice craft beer drinkers, to seasoned vets.

Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA

Hi-Wire Brewing Introduces New Beer To Flagship Line-up

Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing a new year-round flagship this January in place of their Prime-Time Session Pale Ale. Customers will now be able to enjoy Hi-Wire Brewing’s latest creation and year-round flagship, Lo-Pitch Juicy India Pale Ale (4.9% ABV), scheduled to hit shelves and both of Hi-Wire’s taprooms by early January 2017.

Hi-Wire Brewing’s decision to phase out Prime-Time Session Pale Ale was as strategic, as it was difficult. Co-owner, Chris Frosaker notes, “we decided to make the switch from Prime-Time Session Pale Ale to Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA to modernize our core-lineup. While Prime-Time is a very well made, delicious beer, Lo-Pitch has the big, juicy hop flavors and aroma that modern IPA drinkers are looking for. Plus, at only 4.9% ABV, this is a great every-day option as your go-to beer.”

The Prime-Time Session Pale Ale will always have a place in the heart of the Hi-Wire Brewing team, but its production will be severely dwindled by the end of 2016. Moving forward, Prime-Time Session Pale will only be available on draft in Hi-Wire’s taprooms, and will see limited bottle distribution in mixed 12-packs.

Capitalizing on the next generation of explosive IPA drinkers, Hi-Wire Brewing feels confident  Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA will have broad appeal. This thirst quenching, easy drinking IPA packs a bright citrus hop punch. Made with juicy American hops and a light malt bill, Lo-Pitch is the perfect pairing for sandy shores, mountain tops, or your bestie’s birthday party.  Welcome Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA to the flagship family, because Hi-Wire Brewing does not see it going anywhere anytime soon.

Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA will be available in six-packs in Hi-Wire’s entire distribution footprint and available on draft in both taprooms starting in January.  Join Hi-Wire as they celebrate the beginning of a new era, and say goodbye to an old friend.