Hi-Wire Brewing Collaborates with Highland Brewing

Two of Asheville, North Carolina’s most beloved breweries are teaming up! Highland Brewing Company and Hi-Wire Brewing have joined forces to create Plum Nectar, a dry-hopped Berliner Weisse with plums. Tart and refreshing, Plum Nectar blends aromatic citrus and tropical fruit notes from Azacca hops with the juicy and sweet character of 17 pounds of plums per barrel.

This Berliner Weisse is the result of a collaboration headed by brewers Sarah Gulotta of Hi-Wire and Katie Smith of Highland, who crafted the idea through connections with the Pink Boots Society. Gulotta was excited for an opportunity to work with Asheville’s original craft brewery. “It’s awesome to work with Highland – the beer culture in this town started with them, and they’ve been so supportive of Hi-Wire. I love when local breweries work together – it’s all about celebrating our community here in Asheville. Also, Highland has been very supportive of women in the beer industry, so it was fantastic to work with another female brewer.”

The excitement is mutual, with Smith saying, “I had a blast collaborating with Hi-Wire on this beer! Starting with recipe development alongside Sarah all the way to spending the day brewing at their Big Top location. Our goal was (is) to create a deliciously tart Berliner Weisse with a slight spicy rye note to pair with the deep rich flavor of the plums.”

Inspired by Sarah and Katie’s involvement with the Pink Boots Society, Highland and Hi-Wire will donate one dollar from each draft pour of Plum Nectar sold at the release parties at each brewery on October 17th to the non-profit. The Pink Boots Society assists, inspires and encourages women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education.

Plum Nectar will be available on draft and in 4-packs of 16oz cans featuring Highland’s signature mountain-scape with Hi-Wire’s “clean color-blocked” specialty branding. Look for it in Hi-Wire’s and Highland’s taprooms on October 17th and throughout North Carolina in mid-October.

New Year-Round Beer: Hop Circus Rotating IPA Series

Hi-Wire Brewing is pleased to introduce the Hop Circus IPA program, an experimental hop series exploring the endless spectrum of hop flavors and aromas, to their line-up of flagship beers, with the first release from the program hitting shelves in October 2018.

The Hop Circus IPA Series is an homage to Hi-Wire Brewing’s original launch of what is now their Speciality Program. Pushing the limits through hop exploration and creative ingredients, it is Hi-Wire Brewing’s goal to bring a new IPA to the market every three to four months. Each release from the Hop Circus IPA Series will feature different combinations of hops, fruit, or adjuncts, keeping the program fresh and interesting.

Co-owner Chris Frosaker notes “our best selling beer is Hi-Pitch Mosaic India Pale Ale, which is a traditional West-Coast Style IPA. We have also been having a blast with our Hazy&Juicy&Hoppy&Fresh series, which rotates some of our favorite hops in a Northeast IPA style. With the Hop Circus series, we get to meet in the middle by experimenting in the wide range of IPA styles, but keeping the beer at a more affordable price point.”

The first release from the Hop Circus IPA Series is a Tropical White IPA (6% ABV). Blending tropical sweet tart flavors from mango and pineapple, with dank white grape and citrus notes from Hallertau Blanc and Citra. A heavy-handed portion of flaked wheat rounds out the flavors in this bright and silky brew. Available in 6-pack 12oz cans and draft, this beer, and all releases from the Hop Circus IPA Series, will see full distribution in Hi-Wire Brewing’s entire footprint.

Hop Circus will be an addition to Hi-Wire Brewing’s current line-up of flagship beers including Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA, Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA, and Hi-Wire Gose.

September Beer Releases

Hi-Wire Brewing is bottling up the last little bit of summer with September beer releases that are sure to have beer drinkers itching for a few more days of warm weather. Customers can expect a line-up of tart, hoppy, fruity, and refreshing beers to round out the end of a sun-baked season.

Back by popular demand, Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing Pink Drink (4.2% ABV), an ultra crushable tart wheat ale with lemongrass & raspberries; simple, refreshing, & pink. A kettle sour with the perfect balance of raspberry fruit sweetness & fresh candied-lemon aroma from lemongrass. Available beginning Friday, September 7 in both of Hi-Wire Brewing’s taprooms in 4-packs of 16oz cans, this beer will see limited distribution the second week of September.

After taking home the award for “7th Best IPA” in the country by Paste Magazine, Hi-Wire Brewing wanted to put their Hazy&Juicy&Hoppy&Fresh Batch #1 (7.5% ABV) in the rotation one last time before summer came to a close. This double dry-hopped New England-style IPA is super hazy, juicy, and chock full of bright aroma, finishing super silky and smooth. A grip of oats and a touch of lactose rounds out this drinkable, tropical IPA. Available in 4-packs of 16oz cans, this beer will only be available in Hi-Wire Brewing’s two taprooms beginning Saturday, September 8 at 12pm.

Lastly, Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing their Flanders Red Sour Ale from their Sour & Wild Ale program on Saturday, September 15 at 12pm from their South Slope taproom | 197 Hilliard Ave. The Flanders Red (5.8% ABV) is a perfectly balanced American version of a Belgian classic with strong flavors of cherry, dark fruit, and hints of vanilla & oak. From stainless, to white wine barrels, before being bottled conditioned for 1.5 months, this beer boasts a total fermentation time of 18 months. This is one of the most popular offerings from the program and will be available in 750ml bottles, this sour ale will not see distribution.

2018 August Beer Releases

Hi-Wire Brewing has announced the details of its seasonal & specialty releases for August, including Hazy & Juicy & Hoppy & Fresh Batch #3, a barrel-aged Blueberry Sour, and an Apricot Blonde for charity.

The haze-train continues at Hi-Wire Brewing this August, with the third release in their popular series of Hazy & Juicy & Hoppy & Fresh (7.5% ABV). Batch #3 of this New England India Pale Ale is double dry-hopped with Azacca, Mosaic, and Amarillo to make this beer full of bright hop aroma, with a silky smooth finish. A grip of oats and a touch of lactose round out this super hazy, crushable, and citrusy IPA with subtle notes of peppercorn. Available in 4-packs of 16oz cans, this beer will see limited distribution beginning August 17.

Hi-Wire Brewing’s award-winning Sour Blonde takes an extended rest in oak barrels on blueberries, 14.5 months to be exact, to create the Blueberry Sour Ale (7.5% ABV). Bright notes of pomegranate, blueberry tea, and brett build a well-balanced sourness in this vibrant, blueberry flesh colored sour ale. Blueberry Sour Ale will be available on draft and in 750ml cork and cage bottles beginning Saturday, August 18 at 12pm from Hi-Wire Brewing’s South Slope Sour & Wild Ale facility. This beer will not see distribution and will only be available in Hi-Wire’s taprooms.

For the third year in a row, Hi-Wire Brewing has partnered with the French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series, presented by MountainTrue and Blue Ridge Orthodontics, to create a limited-release beer where a portion of the proceeds from the sales supports the work of the French Broad Riverkeeper, protecting the French Broad River watershed. This year Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing an Apricot Blonde (4.6% ABV). This crispy golden blonde river beer sports big stone fruit aroma from apricot complemented by floral and citrus notes from a late addition of Loral hops. To celebrate, on Saturday, August 25, Hi-Wire Brewing will be co-hosting a French Broad River & Hominy Creek cleanup, with a beer release party, Hi-Wire Brewing tap takeover, and live music (artist TBD), all happening at French Broad Outfitters after the clean-up. The special release beer will be available in 6-packs of 12oz cans beginning Saturday, August 25 and will see limited distribution throughout Western North Carolina.

Hi-Wire Brewing Announces Plans for Durham, NC Taproom

Durham, NC has always been a dream destination for Hi-Wire Brewing owners Chris Frosaker and Adam Charnack. Alive with an eccentric culture, a booming music and arts scene, endless boutique restaurants, and an active political community, Durham, NC has always seemed like a natural fit for the Asheville, NC-based brewery.

Yep, that’s right folks, Hi-Wire Brewing will be opening its third taproom, currently referred to as the “Durham Fun Zone,” in Downtown Durham in late 2018. The taproom will be located at 800 Taylor Street at the Golden Belt campus. Golden Belt is an historic 320,000 square foot mill that once housed textile and tobacco facilities, and is the only remaining 1900s-era conversion opportunity of its kind in the area.  

Hi-Wire’s new taproom will consist of 8,844 square feet of interior space, as well as a 1,678 square foot outdoor covered patio and beer garden. Dubbed the “Durham Fun Zone,” the space will be game and activity heavy, featuring full-sized shuffleboard courts, soccer pool tables, table tennis, and more. The bar’s 24 taps will feature Hi-Wire’s full line-up of beers, including year-round, seasonal, specialty, sour, and one-offs, as well as wine, local cider, and guest taps from neighboring Durham breweries. Space will be dedicated to a potential pilot brewing system in the future.  

Strategic growth has always been a part of the Hi-Wire vision. Co-owner, Adam Charnack reflects on where Hi-Wire Brewing started just five years ago and notes, “the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Triangle is Hi-Wire’s second-largest market behind Western North Carolina, and one of the first we ever distributed to. We’ve felt for some time like it’s a second home to us, and we’ve been looking for ways to root ourselves in the community. So while a taproom outside of our two primary breweries wasn’t necessarily part of our Day-One-Business-Plan, we’ve realized how important it is both for Hi-Wire and for our fans to have more ways to connect with the brewery. We’ve been looking for the right opportunity for some time now, and feel as though we’ve really nailed it with our new Durham spot. Hopefully our customers will appreciate and understand our commitment to the area, and either take their love of Hi-Wire to the next level, or, if they’re not really familiar with us just yet, get to know Hi-Wire for the first time – both in our new taproom but also at bars, restaurants, and retail outlets in the community.”

The goal is to open by end of October 2018, but as we all know, construction can have a mind of its own. With that in mind, Hi-Wire Brewing will be regularly updating their website and social media with formal announcements regarding construction, hiring, an opening date, etc. For the most up to date information, please visit hiwirerewing.com or follow them on social media at @hiwirebrewing.

April Beer Releases

Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing three specialty beers this month highlighting their Sour & Wild Ale program, High Gravity 4-pack series, and a one-off can release for the Asheville City Soccer Club.

Being released Saturday, April 14th at 12pm from their South Slope Sour & Wild Ale facility, customers will be to purchase Hi-Wire Brewing’s Oude Brett Saison (6.6% ABV). Blended down from a handful of red and white wine barrels, each one with it’s own unique character, to create this rustic saison with aromatic notes of barnyard hay and red hard candy. Moderate second use oak and earthy brett are accentuated by notes of baking spice and champagne in this tribute to the heritage of “old saisons”. This beer will see limited distribution the first week of May.

The second release from Hi-Wire Brewing’s High Gravity 4-pack series is the Tropical Golden Strong Ale (11.3% ABV). This American golden ale uses fresh fruit to complement the tropical flavors and aromas present in Citra hops. Guava, papaya, and mango are added during secondary fermentation to create a dank, tropical fruit-forward profile. This high octane beer is deceptively drinkable, allowing big fruit flavors to mask the heat of this dank & sticky beer that does not taste anywhere near 11.3%. This beer will see full distribution in Hi-Wire’s entire footprint.

For the second season in a row, Hi-Wire Brewing is the title sponsor for the Asheville City Soccer Club, who is part of The National Premier Soccer League, the second largest national soccer league in the US Soccer development pyramid, operating and competing in the 4th Division. To celebrate their partnership, Hi-Wire Brewing created Bluebeard IPA, named in honor of Asheville City Soccer supporters. This bright and crushable IPA is perfect for a summer nights at Memorial Stadium, where the club hosts their home games. President of Asheville City Soccer Club, Ryan Kelly notes “As genuine fans of Hi-Wire’s work, it is an honor for us at the club to have our own beer to share with our supporters, whom we are privileged to name it after. We think the taste of Bluebeard IPA will become as synonymous with summer nights at Memorial Stadium as the sight of blue smoke and the sound of thousands of fans after an Asheville City goal. We are proud to wear Hi-Wire on the front of our jerseys, and it is truly a pleasure for us to take the partnership to another level and have our crest on a Hi-Wire can.” This beer will see very limited distribution in Western North Carolina the second week of April.

NC Small Batch Festival

Hi-Wire Brewing will be hosting their 2nd Annual NC Small Batch Festival on Saturday, March 10th from 1:00PM-5:00PM at their Big Top Production Facility and Taproom in Biltmore Village | 2 Huntsman Place.  

The festival will feature 21 North Carolina craft breweries that have brewed a small, one-off-batch, that can not be found in the market. No styles are off-limits as long as it is a one-off product. Hi-Wire’s Brewery Operations Manager, Ben Jutras, notes “this is one of (his) favorite festivals. It is a great opportunity to showcase North Carolina craft breweries and all of the talent we have in this state. We look forward to seeing what everyone came up with and share the craft with new and old friends alike.”

The awesome line-up of participating breweries includes Archetype Brewing Company, Birdsong Brewing, Boojum Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co., Catawba Brewing, Crank Arm Brewing, Free Range Brewing, Homeplace Beer Co., Innovation Brewing, Lexington Avenue Brewery, New Anthem Beer Project, Newgrass Brewing Co., Pisgah Brewing Company, Resident Culture Brewing, Steel String Brewery, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Thirsty Monk Brewery, Trophy Brewing Co., Wooden Robot, and Zillicoah Beer Co.

Guests can expect food from Foothills Local Meats, beats from local band The Chris Cooper Project, and delicious beer. Entry is $10 and includes two beer tokens and commemorative tasting glass. For more information visit our facebook page @Hi-Wire Brewing or website at www.hiwirebrewing.com.

 

Hello, Kentucky!

We’re so excited to announce our distribution launch into the entire state of Kentucky via Dauntless Distributing beginning Saturday, February 17 with roll-out events scheduled through February 22 in Louisville & Lexington.

Michael Minton, Owner of Dauntless, notes “ Hi-Wire has mastered the balancing act of offering great value and high quality with their diverse lineup of ales and lagers. They’ve also invited the inquisitive imbiber to their “side show” of sour ales and barrel aged beers. This dynamism allows them to appeal to the ever-growing-wider spectrum of drinkers in Kentucky without compromising their precise yet evolving point-of-view. Dauntless is extremely excited to introduce Hi-Wire to The Bluegrass State for the above reasons and how they jive with their dedication to strong, transparent, and communicative relationships with wholesalers. True partnerships are imperative in today’s craft beer universe; Hi-Wire and Dauntless share a mutual understanding and respect for this fact.”

Full Lexington and Louisville event list via Beer Pulse.

January 2018 Beer Releases

Hi-Wire Brewing announced today their January 2018 beer releases including Death Defying India Pale Ale, a Cherry Flanders Red ale, and 12-pack cans of two year-round flagships.

On Saturday, January 6 at 12pm from their South Slope Sour & Wild Ale facility, Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing a Cherry Flanders Red (6.2% ABV) ale for $18 per bottle. With a total fermentation time just under 22 months, Cherry Flanders Red is packed with cherries at eighteen pounds per barrel, giving it huge notes of dark fruit, red berries, and balanced acidity. Typically for consumers with an acquired taste, this American version of a Belgian classic on cherries is perfect for anyone looking to expand and explore their “wild side.” This beer will see limited distribution beginning in February.

Kicking off the Seasonal Program in 2018 for Hi-Wire Brewing is the easy drinking and hoppy Death Defying India Pale Ale (6% ABV). Malted oats soften the satisfying bite of dank, piney, and tropical Eureka and El Dorado hops, creating the perfect beer to assist with your quest from winter to spring. Death Defying India Pale Ale 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 taproom the first week of January.

Lastly, Hi-Wire Brewing will be adding 12-pack cans to their year round line-up including Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA (4.9% ABV) and Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA (6.7% ABV). Adding volume and diversity to their packaging line-up will allow Hi-Wire Brewing to reach a broader customer base with two of their top selling beers. Both sets of 12-packs will be available the second week of January and will see distribution in Hi-Wire Brewing’s entire footprint.