Highland 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 Society. Plum 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