Hi-Wire Sour Pumpkin Ale is all over the flavor map. That’s a good thing. There’s a lot going on in this beer.
As fall creeps in, Asheville, North Carolina based Hi-Wire Brewing has released Sour Pumpkin Ale. Put the pumpkin spiced latte down because things are about to get a little weird.
After spending time wandering around local Rayburn Farm, Hi-Wire was struck with the idea of sourcing a beer from a single farm source. Sure, this is a pumpkin ale so you’re probably thinking something with pumpkins, cinnamon, and cloves. Make it taste like pie and ship it, right? Wrong.
Let’s talk pre-barrel. The base beer spent time in stainless steel tanks, with roasted delicata pumpkins, cinnamon basil, and blue ginger. Blue ginger is a Hawaiian variety known for its superior flavor. Cinnamon basil is also called Mexican spice basil. Methyl cinnamate found in the cultivar gives off flavors of the cinnamon spice when the leaves are crushed.
If this beer is already sounding unique, Hi-Wire isn’t done yet. After three months in stainless steel, the beer was split into rum, whiskey, and red wine barrels for six months, then blended back again. There’s nothing “basic” about this creation.
At this point, it is downright impossible to use something as simple as “pie” to describe Hi-Wire Sour Pumpkin Ale. It just doesn’t fit. Sour Pumpkin is aggressively sour as you dive in, melding into a light wash of ginger and cinnamon. As the beer warms, the blend of barrels are fighting for palate domination. Honestly, we think the rum won. This is no simple wild ale, with typical flavors. Everything about this beer is unpredictable in the best of ways. Speaking in the spirit of Hi-Wire’s hometown of Asheville, “Keep Fall Weird.”
Hi-Wire Sour Pumpkin Ale is a limited, 375-milliliter bottle release. Not for the faint of heart (or palate).
Style: American Wild/Sour Alehttp://beerstreetjournal.com/tag/american-wild-ales/ (w/ Pumpkin. Blue Ginger. Cinnamon Basil. Barrel Aged. Whiskey. Red Wine. Rum.)
Availability: 375ml Bottles
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The Asheville, North Carolina based Hi-Wire Brewing’s specialty lineup has recently included stars like Pink Drink, 10W-40 Imperial Stout, and most recently, Man Eater. Now releasing is Hi-Wire Citra Gose, really a perfect match for summer.
The tart gose is big on the tropical notes of Citra hops which fall on a background of sour tartness. Gose is a great beer, but throw in the aspects of Citra hops, and the real winner is your taste buds. This release is so bright you’ve got to wear shades. We are officially fast tracking this one to one of the top 10 new beers we’ve tried this summer.
Hi-Wire Citra Gose is available in 16 ounce cans and debuted this past May. There is still a bit floating around out there in Hi-Wire’s distribution territories. We hope they brew it again soon.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
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Hi-Wire Pink Drink, a fan favorite, will be available in cans for a second time this month.
Previously a draft only favorite, Hi Wire Pink Drink is a kettle soured wheat ale brewed with lemongrass and raspberries. The end result is a pink beer, thanks to the berries (the brewery compares it to beer’s version of pink lemonade). The brewery finally packaged this release for the first time in fall, 2016.
…an ultra crushable tart wheat ale with lemongrass & raspberries; simple, refreshing, & pink.
Hi-Wire Pink Drink is back in 16 ounce cans starting June 26th.
Asheville, North Carolina’s Hi-Wire Brewing its expanding their Georgia coverage with the addition of Atlanta. The brewery is distributing through Georgia Crown.
Hi-Wire has already been shipping their lineup to Athens, Augusta and Savannah. As the heat rolls in, Hi-Wire has decided it’s time to head for the ATL.
“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.” – Chris Lutkowski, Director of Hi-Wire Sales
The brewery’s entire portfolio including year-round offerings, seasonals and wild and sour beers will be available starting in June.
Hi-Wire Brewing currently distributes to North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio.
If you go:
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)
Hi-Wire Blackberry Sour joins the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery’s sour & wild lineup on April 1st.
18 months of fermentation were required to make Hi-wire Blackberry Sour, a blend of stainless steel, rye whiskey, red wine and North Carolina rum barrel ales.
Think blackberry jam, brett, and oak in this balanced and drinkable ale.
Hi-Wire Blackberry Sour can be purchased in 750ml bottles on Saturday, April 1st at the brewery’s South Slope location.
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Hi-Wire Man Eater, the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery’s popular imperial IPA, is now in cans.
The hop headliners in this release are Amarillo, and Citra. Hopped at a rate of 3.5 pounds per barrel, this beer is full of citrus, floral notes and spice. In abundance we might add. You love bold imperial IPAs then but Hi-Wire Man Eater on your must have list.
Each sip starts with orange zest flavors that turn to a lingering floral finish with a touch of warming alcohol heat. Very bright, very spring-like. Just sit back, relax, and crank up some Hall & Oates.
Hi-Wire Man Eater is already available on draft and in 16 ounce cans in both of the brewery’s taprooms. Expect limited distribution to follow soon.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Amarillo, Citra
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017
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Expect this one to pour like motor oil. Meet Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout.
This decadent imperial stout is brewed with fresh vanilla beans, dark chocolate from Asheville local French Broad Chocolates, and Organic Dynamite Roasting Company coffee beans. The sum of the parts means one big decadent way to drink your dessert.
The beer truly delivers on flavor. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla in a big stout is heaven to us, but what we can’t get over is the branding. Sure it would be easy to find some creature from Greek mythology, or an obscure Shakespearian phrase, combine with some comic book art, and launch the beer. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. In this case, when we say this beer pours like motor oil, we have a can that follows suit. This release is just the start of something new for Hi-Wire Brewing.
…coffee accentuates the cocoa and adds slight roast to balance out the vanilla in this dessert beer.
Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout became available in 16 ounce cans starting January 6th.