Hi-Wire Brewing Releases 2019 Collaboration 12-Pack

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will release the 2019 edition of its always popular Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack in mid-January.

Back for its third straight year, the Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack is a project that attempts to “connect the dots between some of [Hi-Wire’s] favorite breweries and their fans while creating beers that blend the different styles and philosophies of each brewery.”  The packaging for each collaboration beer features “a vintage ‘spray paint’ can inspired design which represents the kaleidoscope of ideas and recipes created within the collaborations.”

This year’s collaborations are as follows (official descriptions sourced from Hi-Wire Brewing’s press release):

  • Hoppy Pilsner | Collaboration with Rhinegeist Brewery – A common thread among our collaboration 12-pack for 2019 is the ‘beer first’ philosophy of the participating breweries. Rhinegeist Brewery out of Cincinnati, Ohio stays true to this sentiment by creating solid, drinkable beers and brewing a lot of them. For this classic Hoppy Pilsner we used triticale malt from Epiphany Craft Malt here in North Carolina. The hybrid of wheat and rye in this malt varietal imparts a pleasant mouthfeel and grainy backbone to let the tropical citrus, passionfruit and pine notes from Vic Secret, Montueka, and Ella hops shine.  (5.5% ABV)
  • Blonde Brunch Stout | Collaboration with Revelry Brewing Co. – Revelry Brewing likes to play with creative ingredients and recipes at their brewery in Charleston, South Carolina. With this collab our objective was simple: create a brunch-worthy stout without utilizing darker stout malts with an ABV low enough to take you from breakfast well into the late afternoon. Cacao nibs lends notes of roasty chocolate, fresh vanilla creates a creamy mouthfeel, while naturally processed Monte Crisol Costa Rican coffee from Asheville’s High Noon Coffee Roasters adds a soothing and distinct coffee character with notes of blueberry and lemon. (4.8% ABV)
  • No Coast IPA | Collaboration with Monday Night Brewing – Our collaboration with Monday Night Brewing out of Atlanta, Georgia represents the melding of two IPA worlds and we think that’s a good thing, probably. No Coast IPA is brimming with stone fruit, tangerine zest, and juicy tropical hop character balanced by a creamy mouthfeel. All the while, this hazy straw colored ale pays homage to the piney wheat and bitter character of a classic west coast IPA. It’s not east coast. It’s not west coast. It’s no coast. (6.7% ABV)

The beers above will enter full distribution in mid-January with limited availability in the Collaboration Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find these brews at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Prost!

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Hi-Wire Brewing Establishes Rotating Gose Series

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will be reinventing its popular Hi-Wire Gose offering by launching a rotating year-round Gose Series with the release of Citra Gose on Thursday, December 6.

Here to serve as a creative playground that will allow Hi-Wire’s brewers to “experiment with different flavor combinations to better reflect each season of this typically ‘summery’ style”, the brewery’s newly established Gose Series will introduce itself this month with the release of Citra Gose (4.2% ABV).  This hop-centric riff on the style takes a “tart, balanced, and refreshing” Gose base and blends it “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 officially releases on December 6 and will be available for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Rotating Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Prost!

Vital Information for Citra Gose from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Rotating/Gose Series, launching December 6, 2018
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.2%
Featured Hops – Citra
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee & Ohio

Hi-Wire Brewing Introduces Gimme the Brut DIPA

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Gimme the Brut Double IPA on Friday, November 9.

Arriving as another example of Hi-Wire Brewing’s continued efforts to “to push the boundaries of the India Pale Ale style”, Gimme the Brut is a Brut Double India Pale Ale “that pushes the limits of how dry a hoppy beer can be. Super spritzy with a champagne-like body, this experimental IPA is sweet and fruity with notes of white grape and an extremely low bitterness at 20 IBUs.”

Gimme the Brut officially enters distribution on November 9 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Prost!

Hi-Wire & Highland Brewing Brew Up Plum Nectar Berliner Weisse Collaboration

HighlandBrewingLogoHighland Brewing (Asheville North Carolina) and Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) have officially announced that they will release their new collaboration beer Plum Nectar in their respective taprooms on Wednesday, October 17.

Developed from an idea that brewers Sarah Gulotta of Hi-Wire Brewing and Katie Smith of Highland Brewing concocted while interacting together in the Pink Boots Society, Plum Nectar is a Berliner Weisse that has been dry-hopped with Azacca hops and introduced to “17 pounds of plums per barrel.”  This results in a 4.6% ABV Plum Nectar that “blends aromatic citrus and tropical fruit notes from [the] hops with the juicy and sweet character” of the plums.

“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.”  – Sarah Gulotta of Hi-Wire Brewing

 

 “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.”  – Katie Smith of Highland Brewing

Plum Nectar will officially debut at release parties that will take place at Hi-Wire’s and Highland’s taprooms on October 17.  The breweries “will donate one dollar from each draft pour of Plum Nectar sold at the release parties” to the Pink Boots SocietyPlum Nectar will also enter distribution in mid-October, and you can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located throughout North Carolina.  Prost!

Vital Information for Plum Nectar from Hi-Wire Brewing & Highland Brewing

Release – Limited, mid-October 2018
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.6%
Featured Hops – Azacca
Added Ingredients – 17 pounds of plums per barrel
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: The 16 oz. cans feature “Highland’s signature mountain-scape with Hi-Wire’s ‘clean color-blocked’ specialty branding.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – North Carolina only

Hi-Wire Brewing Adds Hop Circus IPA Program to Year-Round Lineup

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will add the rotating Hop Circus IPA program to its Year-Round portfolio in October with the release of Hop Circus – Tropical White IPA.

Meant to serve as an “homage to Hi-Wire Brewing’s original launch of what is now their Specialty Program“, the Hop Circus IPA project is a rotating series of India Pale Ales that will “[push] the limits” by having each release “feature different combinations of hops, fruit, or adjuncts, keeping the program fresh and interesting.”  Hopheads can expect for a new Hop Circus IPA offering to hit “the market every three to four months.”

“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.”

 

– Chris Frosaker, Co-owner of Hi-Wire Brewing

The inaugural release in the Hop Circus IPA project will be a Tropical White IPA that blends “tropical sweet tart flavors from mango and pineapple, with dank white grape and citrus notes from Hallertau Blanc and Citra” hops.  With “a heavy-handed portion of flaked wheat” acting as the recipe’s linchpin, Hop Circus – Tropical White IPA comes together to be a “bright and silky brew” that clocks in at just 6% ABV.

Hop Circus – Tropical White IPA will be available for a limited time beginning in October 2018.  You can expect to find this first Hop Circus offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hop Circus – Tropical White IPA from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Rotational, launching October 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
Featured Hops – Hallertau Blanc & Citra
Added Ingredients – Mango & pineapple
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee & Ohio

Hi-Wire Brewing Closes Out the Summer with Limited Release of Pink Drink

HiWire_PinkDrink_High_Res-402x1030.pngHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has announced that it will officially begin the Limited Release of Pink Drink on Friday, September 7.

“Simple, refreshing, . . . pink” and back by popular demand, Pink Drink is a kettle-soured tart Wheat Ale brewed with lemongrass and raspberries. Weighing in at a super light 4.2% ABV, Pink Drink provides an “ultra crushable” experience that achieves “the perfect balance of raspberry fruit sweetness & fresh candied-lemon aroma from lemongrass.”

Pink Drink will be available in Hi-Wire Brewing’s taprooms on September 7 and will enter limited distribution during the second week of September.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer retailers located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio. Prost!

Vital Information for Pink Drink from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Limited/Specialty Series; September 7, 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 4.2%
Added Ingredients – Lemongrass & raspberries
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky & Ohio (Distribution of this beer will be limited. It is possible that it will not make it to every state located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution area)

 

Hi-Wire Brewing Begins Limited Release of Man Eater Double IPA

HiWire_ManEater-can_High_Res-402x1030Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that Man Eater Double IPA returns this month for a limited run.

Emerging once again from Hi-Wire Brewing’s Specialty Series, Man Eater is an aggressively hopped Double India Pale Ale that “marries Amarillo’s spicy aromas with Citra’s classic notes of lemon zest and mandarin orange.” Meant to satisfy the cravings of the most dedicated hop fiends out there, Man Eater Double IPA (8.3% ABV) offers an experience filled with “big hop aromas [that accompany] a spicy, citrusy, floral flavor with a warming alcohol finish.”

Man Eater Double IPA is available now in both of Hi-Wire Brewing’s taprooms and will enter limited distribution any day now.  You can expect to find this Specialty Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer retailers located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio.  Prost!

Vital Information for Man Eater Double IPA from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Limited/Specialty Series, May 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.3%
IBUs – 88
Featured Hops – Amarillo & Citra
Fun Fact – Man Eater is “hopped at a rate of 3.5 pounds per barrel”

Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky & Ohio

 

Hi-Wire Brewing Revives Tropical Fruit Golden Ale

hi-wire-brewing.pngHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) recently announced that it is adding to its High Gravity 4-pack series with April release of Tropical Fruit Golden Ale.

Arriving as the year’s second offering in Hi-Wire’s newly established High Gravity 4-pack series, Tropical Fruit Golden Ale – originally released in 2015 as a “one-time release” – is an American-style Golden Strong Ale that incorporates the use of “fresh fruit to complement the tropical flavors and aromas present in Citra hops.”  To get the most out of the featured fruits, the brewers at Hi-Wire added “guava, papaya, and mango . . . during secondary fermentation to create a dank, tropical fruit-forward profile.”  Although this “high octane beer” clocks in at 11.3% ABV, Tropical Fruit Golden Ale remains “deceptively drinkable” as the “big fruit flavors . . . mask the heat of this dank & sticky beer.”

Tropical Fruit Golden Ale is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Fruit Golden Ale from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Seasonal/High Gravity Series, April 2018
Style – American Golden Strong Ale
ABV – 11.3%
Featured Hops – Citra
Added Ingredients – Guava, Papaya & Mango
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia & Ohio

Hi-Wire Brewing to Release 2018 Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has announced that it will officially release its 2018 Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack with Against The Grain Brewery (Louisville, Kentucky), Blackberry Farm Brewery (Walland, Tennessee) and Trophy Brewing Co. (Raleigh, North Carolina) in mid-February.

In the spirit of sharing their “craft with respected peers in the Southeast”, the folks at Hi-Wire Brewing recently brought in “longtime [friends] and connections” from Against the Grain, Blackberry Farm and Trophy Brewing Co. so that they could develop some creative offerings to be featured in the 2018 version of their annually released Collaboration Mixed 12-pack.  This year’s featured collaboration beers are as follows (descriptions provided by Hi-Wire Brewing):

  • Against the Grain Brewery Dark Coffee Lager: “We took special care to let the beautiful fruit notes from naturally processed Ethiopian coffee via Dynamite Roasting sing in this collaboration with our buddies from Against The Grain Brewery in Louisville, Kentucky. Aromatic notes of fresh ground coffee beans, hazelnut, cherry, and new leather meld perfectly with a soothing dark malt sweetness and hints of fresh baked bread with a clean, crisp finish.” (5.5% ABV)
  • Blackberry Farm Brewery – A Wee Bit More Hops Tropical Saison: “In our collaboration with Blackberry Farm Brewery we decided to celebrate Blackberry Farm’s world class house Saison yeast strain by pairing it with a plethora of tropically aggressive American hops, including a mid fermentation hop addition for added depth. Azacca, El Dorado, and Mosaic shine with magnificent aromas of mango, papaya, juicy fruit, and white grape while a slight bitterness and dry finish preps the palette for another sip.” (6.2% ABV)
  • Trophy Brewing Co. – Double Dry-Hopped IPA: “It’s no secret Trophy Brewing makes some of the best IPAs in the country. So after very little deliberation, we decided to brew the hoppiest beer Hi-Wire has ever created at 3.5 lbs per barrel. Starting with Simcoe and Centennial in the whirlpool before mid-fermentation and dry-hop additions of El Dorado and Simcoe, this hazy gold monstrosity screams of green mango, huge citrus, and piney resin with a slight sweetness on the finish. This one is for the truest of hop fiends.”  (7% ABV)

To complete this mixed 12-pack, Hi-Wire has also included three of its flagship brews: Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA, Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA, and Hi-Wire Gose.  Each Mixed 12-pack will contain two 12 oz. bottles/cans of each of the six beers mentioned above.

According to Hi-Wire’s Release Calendar, the 2018 Collaboration Mixed 12-pack is slated for release on February 16 and will be around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release mixed pack at select craft beer retailers located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio.  Prost!

 

Hi-Wire Brewing to Release 10W-40 Imperial Stout

HiWire_10W-40_HiRes-2-402x1030Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has announced that it will officially begin the limited release of its coveted 10W-40 Imperial Stout on Friday, December 22.

Back for the second year in a row, 10W-40 is a full-bodied Imperial Stout that has been brewed with fresh cocoa nibs from Asheville’s French Broad Chocolates and then “rounded out by milk sugar and Madagascar vanilla beans.”  This decadent dessert beer is then finished with coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co. to “[accentuate] the cocoa and [add] slight roast to balance out the vanilla.”

10W-40 Imperial Stout will have availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans beginning on December 22.  This Specialty Series offering will see limited distribution to select craft beer establishments found within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution area that includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio.  If you wish to get your hands on some 10W-40 Imperial Stout this holiday season, go ahead and mark those calendars now because this highly-anticipated release is sure to disappear just as soon as it hits shelves. Prost!

Vital Information for 10W-40 Imperial Stout from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Limited/Specialty, launching December 22, 2017
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 8%
Added Ingredients – Cocoa nibs, milk sugar, Madagascar vanilla beans & coffee
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – Limited distribution to select establishments in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia & Ohio