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.

Big Plans for 2018

Less than 5 years old, Asheville, North Carolina’s Hi-Wire Brewing plans to spend over $500,000 in a brewery expansion at their Big Top Production Facility beginning in January 2018 to meet an overall goal of increasing distribution sales by 56% in the upcoming calendar year.

Co-Owner, Chris Frosaker notes, “the equipment addition which will make the biggest impact is adding eight new 90 bbl tanks to increase fermentation capacity to 26,460 bbl per year from our current capacity of 18,900 bbl per year. We will also be adding a new canning line, stainless hard piping throughout the brewery, upgrading water infrastructure into the brewery, and adding numerous pieces of quality control equipment.”

Investments in new equipment has allowed Hi-Wire Brewing to revamp their year round beer lineup to include 12-pack cans of both Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA (6.7% ABV) and Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA (4.9% ABV). Chris Lutkowski, Director of Sales for Hi-Wire Brewing notes, “Cans are becoming more and more an accepted package by the consumer for their craft beer. With the active lifestyles our customers are engaged in, a lighter, more convenient container is definitely an item that our distributors and consumers have been asking for over the past few months. We believe there is a significant amount of business to be had in all channels by putting two of our most popular styles in a 12-pack can configuration and look forward to a very positive response from existing and new consumers alike.” Both sets of 12-packs will be available the second week of January and will see distribution in Hi-Wire Brewing’s entire footprint.

Along with adding 12-pack cans, Hi-Wire Brewing has streamlined their seasonal program and added a High Gravity 4-pack Series to their 2018 release calendar. The seasonal series has been re-envisioned to contain Hi-Wire’s best selling seasonals such as Aerialist Spring Lager and Zirkusfest Oktoberfest, while the High gravity series features some throwbacks, including Raspberry Wheat Wine and Tropical Golden Strong Ale.

2018 is going to be a wild ride for Hi-Wire Brewing and they look forward to sharing it with new and old fans alike. For regular updates on the expansion upgrades and progress, beer releases, and other upcoming news follow them on Facebook or Instagram @hiwirebrewing or please visit www.hiwirebrewing.com.  

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)