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.

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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.

Hi-Wire Brewing Reformulates Hi-Pitch IPA to Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA

Hi-Wire Brewing has revamped their Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale, now calling it Hi-Pitch Mosaic India Pale Ale. Why, you ask?…access to better hops!

The young brewery, only in its third year of production, understands the importance of staying relevant in an ever-changing and competitive craft beer market. As drinkers palates change, so do breweries. Hi-Pitch started out featuring Zythos and Centennial hops, which is all Hi-Wire could obtain on contract when first starting out. With three years of continuous growth under their belts, they now have a much wider array of hop options to play with, which spurred the idea to reformulate their flagship IPA. The resulting product will please both old-school Hi-Pitch fans, as well as draw more hop-heads into the brand.

Hi-Pitch IPA, known for balancing a sturdy malt backbone with citrus-forward aromas and a lingering bitterness, now features Mosaic hops in place of Zythos. Timing of hop additions has also changed, with more emphasis on late additions and dry hopping to give Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA huge levels of hop flavor and aroma without adding large amounts of bitterness. A simplified malt bill was also created to let the hops shine.  

Head brewer, Luke Holgate notes “We were very excited to get the quantity of this hop we needed to move it into production.  Mosaic offers such a range of flavors and aromas that it lends itself to any hop forward brews.  The dank, earthy, piney aroma gives way to a range of floral and fruity flavors.  From stone fruit and more tropical tones to resinous pine, the range of Mosaic is what makes it so special.  It creates a deep palate that morphs and develops throughout the pint.”  

Not only was the beer redesigned, but so was the label and artwork. Drinkers will now notice a more vibrant and colorful label on the Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA. Don’t worry, the fan-favorite Hi-Pitch Hippo can still be found on the label. The last-ever Hi-Pitch IPA was brewed in early October. The new and improved Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA will be available to customers on draft and in six-packs in Hi-Wire’s entire distribution footprint starting this week.

Hi-Wire Brewing Takes Home Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival®

Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager Wins Coveted Brewing Honor in German-Style Maerzen

Asheville, NC — Hi-Wire Brewing has earned a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The winners in the competition’s 96 beer-style categories were announced October 8 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Luke Holgate, Head Brewer at Hi-Wire Brewing, notes “it’s amazing to know our crew made a beer on par with the top brewers in the country.  It shows our internal drive to constantly improve, and when we execute, there is world class beer coming out of our facility.” Additionally, Chris Frosaker, Co-owner of Hi-Wire Brewing, said “this medal justifies all of the hard work and time it has taken to launch a lager program that sees multiple unique releases per year.  Lagers are hard to do right and take a lot of time and space, and it feels amazing to see that dedication paying off and being recognized.”

Hi-Wire Brewing was recognized in the German-Style Maerzen beer-style category for its Zirkusfest Oktoberfest (6% ABV), 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. Hi-Wire Brewing is a regional brewery, located in Asheville, NC that specializes in approachable and balanced ales and lagers.

The 2016 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 264 expert judges from the record number of 7,227 entries, plus 88 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,752 U.S. breweries.

“The innovation, creativity and flavor of American beers was well showcased at this year’s Great American Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This was the most competitive competition to date, with a record number of entries. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated the best of America’s beer culture.”

PINK DRINK is here!

Back by popular demand, Hi-Wire Brewing will be canning Pink Drink (4.2%), 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. Think pink lemonade. Think happiness.

Originally developed as a one-off batch, Hi-Wire Brewing is thrilled to be canning this fan-favorite. To celebrate, Hi-Wire Brewing will be hosting a can release party at their South Slope Speciality Brewery, Friday, September 9th starting at 6pm. Cans will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz cans for $12. Wearing pink is highly encouraged.  Pink Drink will see limited distribution and will hit shelves mid-September.

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Hi­-Wire Announces First Can Releases

Craving a cold beer while floating down your local river or at the summit of an awesome Appalachian hike? Well, Hi­-Wire Brewing now says “can do.” Canning is on the horizon for Hi­-Wire Brewing: Pushing their way into new markets, stretching all the way to the Carolina coasts, most of Tennessee, and parts of northeast Georgia.

Expanding rapidly over the past 3 years, Hi­-Wire has no fear in testing new markets. Owners, Chris Frosaker and Adam Charnack have always dreamed of canning, but they wanted the time to be right. With consumers asking for more travel­friendly beers, and hot days approaching, the brewery was finally in a place to make canned Hi­-Wire favorites a reality. Chris Frosaker notes, “Deep distribution in each market we are in is always our goal. Canning is a way to deliver our beer to a population of customers we are not currently reaching.”

“Deep distribution in each market we are in is always our goal. Canning is a way to deliver our beer to a population of customers we are not currently reaching”

Hi­-Wire will be releasing their flagship Hi­-Wire Lager, as well as a new, never­before released beer, Hi­-Wire Gose. The Gose (4.2% ABV), which is brewed with Pink Himalayan Salt, is tart, supremely drinkable, and incredibly balanced with a complex fruit character. Crisp citrus and lemon­lime from coriander marries with Hi­-Wire’s house Lactobacillus strain, creating subtle notes of stone fruit and apricot in this hazy, sessionable sour wheat beer. The Hi­-Wire Lager (4.6% ABV), one of their four flagship beers, is a true American lager that is as approachable as it is delicious, a perfect balance of light pilsner malt and German hops. Only released after reaching peak maturity, this lager is your handcrafted option when only a refreshing, light beer will do.

While Hi­-Wire plans to continue using bottles as their primary method for packaging beer, they are excited to explore this first run of cans to see what consumers make of it. Additionally, they cannot ignore the pros of canning: sustainability, decreased shipping costs, and tapping into an untouched market. The first run of cans will be released at their Big Top Production Brewery, located at 2 Huntsman Place, on Saturday, June 4th with a crawfish boil. In addition, Hi­-Wire will be selling cases of Gose and Lager cans for $30 for that day only. This official Asheville Beer Week event will declare that summer, the season of cans, has arrived. For more information, check out our events calendar.