Beer – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:28:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Hi-Wire Brewing Announces 2nd Annual NC Small Batch Festival http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-announces-2nd-annual-nc-small-batch-festival/ http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-announces-2nd-annual-nc-small-batch-festival/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:28:15 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11490 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.

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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 Company.

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.

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Sanctuary Brewing Company to Host Third Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff http://ashevilleblog.com/3rd-annual-vegan-chili-cookoff/ http://ashevilleblog.com/3rd-annual-vegan-chili-cookoff/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:44:25 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11501 Come Sunday, chili lovers from all over will be digging into bowls of deliciousness at Sanctuary Brewing Company, 147 1st Ave East in Hendersonville, NC. The popular brewery is hosting its Third Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff on Sunday, February 25th from 2 to 5 p.m., with music by the brotherly harmonic duo, Brother Bluebird.

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Come Sunday, chili lovers from all over will be digging into bowls of deliciousness at Sanctuary Brewing Company, 147 1st Ave East in Hendersonville, NC. The popular brewery is hosting its Third Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff on Sunday, February 25th from 2 to 5 p.m., with music by the brotherly harmonic duo, Brother Bluebird.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to enter the mouthwatering contest for a fee of $15. All entries must be completely free from animal products, but otherwise, anything goes! Each entrant needs to bring one full-sized crockpot of their scrumptious creation. Winners will receive a certificate and cast iron skillet, the perfect tool for the home chef. If you’re more of a foodie and less of a cook, you can taste all the chili you want for a fee of $15 for adults, $10 for kids (free under three).

“Our chili cookoff is one of my favorite events of the year,” says Sanctuary co-founder Lisa McDonald. “You’d be blown away by some of the incredible chefs we have in the area and the amazing chili they make – all animal free! Seriously, it’s not-to-be-missed for and anyone who loves great chili.”

Attendees can watch their chili selections down with a whole host of craft beer options from the signature, flavorful Hop Pig IPA to the refreshing Bobby Beer Jr. Kolsch. Sanctuary has 20 rotating taps featuring freshly brewed creations from light to malty to hoppy, plus a new wine menu and cider and non-alcoholic options.

The proceeds from the cookoff will benefit Sweet Bear Rescue Farm, the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Sanctuary owners McDonald and Joe Dinan. The farm is home to 19 animals including best friends Ollie the pot-bellied pig and Charlotte the chicken; Maggie and Shadow, two newly adopted goats; George and Paul, turkeys rescued by Farm Sanctuary and who recently joined the fold, and numerous other furry/feathered inhabitants.

Sanctuary Brewing has raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes since its opening in 2015, offers free Sunday meals for anyone in need, and has a Kindness Wall outside the main entrance that’s always stocked with essentials for the local homeless population. Recently featured in Thrive and Our State magazines, Sanctuary has even garnered the attention of big names like comedian Ricky Gervais, ARCA racecar driver Leilani Munter, and filmmaker Kip Anderson (Cowspiracy, What the Health).

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Donna the Buffalo Performs at Loaded Up & Truckin at Oskar Blues Sat 4/14 http://ashevilleblog.com/donna-buffalo-performs-loaded-truckin-oskar-blues-sat-414/ http://ashevilleblog.com/donna-buffalo-performs-loaded-truckin-oskar-blues-sat-414/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:39:25 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11498 Donna the Buffalo is joining forces with legendary Producer/ Engineer Rob Fraboni to record their next album February 2018 at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. It is one of the world's largest residential recording studios and is built around an 80-year-old hacienda and pecan orchard right along the border. The band recently visited Jam in the Van while in Los Angeles and recorded a video session of one of their new songs, “Swing That Thing.” Check it out at https://youtu.be/UEkcqzg-L88.

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Donna the Buffalo is joining forces with legendary Producer/ Engineer Rob Fraboni to record their next album February 2018 at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. It is one of the world’s largest residential recording studios and is built around an 80-year-old hacienda and pecan orchard right along the border. The band recently visited Jam in the Van while in Los Angeles and recorded a video session of one of their new songs, “Swing That Thing.” Check it out at https://youtu.be/UEkcqzg-L88.

Fraboni is well known for his work with Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Tim Hardin, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, and Bonnie Raitt, and as Vice President at Island Records where he oversaw the remastering of the entire Bob Marley catalog. He produced the soundtrack on Martin Scorsese’s groundbreaking concert movie, The Last Waltz, which included an all-star cast of famous rock and roll performers. He built and designed the legendary Shangri-La studios in Malibu to the specification of Bob Dylan and the Band. Referred to as a “genius” by Keith Richards in his bestselling autobiography Life.

Donna the Buffalo’s fanbase, The Herd, will be excited to hear this news since their most recent album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, came out nearly five years ago in the spring of 2013. All Music Guide says of it, “This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.”

Known as one of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, The Erie Times says, They craft spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities: Nevins’ songs are unfailingly melodic, brisk and buoyant, powered by her reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals and ever-present fiddle and accordion. Puryear’s songs accentuate the groove, his exceptional guitar work and sly, Dylan-like way with lyrics.”

New Haven Register expands upon this to say, “Donna the Buffalo knows a thing or two about rhythm. Cajun, zydeco and old-time rhythms. A bit of reggae rhythm. Various guitar and fiddle rhythms. The rhythm of traveling by bus year after year for more than a quarter-century now, criss-crossing America… over and over again.”

Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, fiddle, guitar, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (B3 Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It’s been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says. “You get to the point where you’re playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it’s like turning on the key to a really good car. It just goes.”

Donna the Buffalo drew it’s original inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage: the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together. Not only was it playing music at these events, it was the vibe and the togetherness that bonded the people that attended.

“Those festivals were so explosive, and the community and the feeling of people being with each other, that’s the feeling we were shooting for in our music.” Puryear says, “Donna the Buffalo is an extension of the joy we’ve found.”

It’s a great feeling to promote such a feeling of community, like you’re really part of something that’s happening, like a movement or a positive force…” Nevins says. “All those people that come and follow you and you recognize them and you become friends with them — you’re all moving along for the same purpose. It is powerful. It’s very powerful, actually.”

Donna the Buffalo has released ten albums and are affiliated with several others including  two solo albums from Nevins including 2011’s Wood and Stone (produced by Larry Campbell in Levon Helm Studios) and Mule to Ride in 1999,  Puryear’s 2007 solo album Hopes and Dreams, and a 2003 release, Wait Til Spring, with Jim Lauderdale. The band’s 2008 release, Silverlined, as well as the 2013 release, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, (both on Sugar Hill Records) did well on the Americana Music Chart, each placing well into the top ten.

“Though it will always be hard to pinpoint the key to an act’s staying power, distinctiveness and consistency surely can’t hurt.” Pittsburgh City Paper says, “Donna the Buffalo has carved out a niche; it has weathered trends, and even made some of its own by being unapologetically itself.”

Take a look at their official music videos:

“Across The Way” → https://youtu.be/JqbVb2302Xs

“Working On That” → http://bit.ly/1eXPofS

“I Love My Tribe” → http://bit.ly/1i9fy9Q

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.donnathebuffalo.com

facebook.com/donnathebuffalo and twitter.com/donnathebuffalo

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Highland Brewing To Shutter Its Doors (Temporarily) February 19 http://ashevilleblog.com/highland-brewing-shutter-doors-temporarily-february-19/ http://ashevilleblog.com/highland-brewing-shutter-doors-temporarily-february-19/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:59:13 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11506 Asheville’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, Highland Brewing, is closing its doors February 19 - but will reopn 4 days later to celebrate their rebranding.

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Asheville’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, Highland Brewing, is closing its doors February 19th.

For four days.

“We are unveiling of our new branding and visual identity digitally on February 19th, and will re-open on February 23rd with a new look in the tasting room,” said Molly McQuillan, the brewery’s marketing manager. “We’ve been working on this project for over a year and look forward to this launch with great anticipation.”

The launch celebration will be held during normal business hours that day, from noon until 10 p.m. and will feature new small batch beers, including Highland’s very first Brett brew, as well as throw-back favorites including Little Hump, Razor Wit, and Vintage 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale. Live music will be provided by Mark Shane, Woody Wood, and All the Locals. New merchandise will be on sale and the new packaging and branding will be highlighted. Popular food trucks Smashbox and Appalachian Chic will also be on site, at 12 Old Charlotte Highway. The event is free and open to the public.

“Highland Brewing has been a pioneer in beer since my father founded the company in 1994,” said President Leah Wong Ashburn. “Over two decades, we led with beer, and in recent years, we developed our beer portfolio significantly with fresh new styles and our innovative spirit is firing. The result of the changes was that our beer and our brand were sharing different messages. I love that we are now aligning the message.  

What that means is we focused on the four things we know to be true about ourselves: authenticity, sense of place, consistently excellent beer and an inventive spirit.”

Highland’s new look will be reflected in all of its marketing, labeling, point of sale, packaging and merchandise, said McQuillan, who participated in extensive research and development work collaboratively with Austin, TX, firm Helms Workshop which informed the project. All beers will continue to be labeled under the name “Highland Brewing Company” but will now sport imagery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the suggestion of a pioneer’s compass and the clear messaging that Highland remains Asheville’s first craft beer.

“Our name is perfect. With it, we honor the local Scots-Irish heritage. We are also on high land – in the mountains and on a hilltop.

We believe in authenticity,” said Ashburn, who became second-generation President of the family-owned business in 2015. She was referring to the staff survey that named authenticity as a common value. “You act the same way when no one else is looking. You deliver the same level of quality every time that only you could notice. You are authentic when your actions align with your words. And when our brand aligns with our beer. This refreshed brand is who we are.”

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Burial Beer Begins Built Out of Forestry Camp http://ashevilleblog.com/burial-beer-begins-built-forestry-camp/ http://ashevilleblog.com/burial-beer-begins-built-forestry-camp/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:29:39 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11455 Burial Beer Co.’s newest wave of expansion is taking shape in South Asheville in the form of a new craft beer bar called Forestry Camp.

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Burial Beer Co.’s newest wave of expansion is taking shape in South Asheville in the form of a new craft beer bar called Forestry Camp.

The two-story structure, built in the early 1900’s by members of the Conservation Civilian Corps, will soon house a small selection of Burial beers and focus on a diverse draught and retail beer list featuring breweries from around the country and internationally. The owners of Burial have a stated goal of curating a selection of beers that feature craft offerings beyond the Burial portfolio and their South Slope taproom.

“Burial’s taproom will always exist at 40 Collier. There is no way that you could replace the aura of that storied ground,” states Doug Reiser, Co-Founder. “When we purchased the new property in 2015, we did so with the hope and dream of bringing a real, community-driven beer bar to Asheville. The goal is to connect Ashevillians with the great people (owners/brewers/employees) that make some of the best beer in the country.

We won’t just buy beer off lists, we will bring the beer and the people behind it into the beer bar the for these interactions. The purveyors of craft will also be smiling faces about the bar; they will be humans who live and breathe and talk with the visitors. The goal of Forestry Camp is to offer everything that craft was intended to be.”

The two-acre property is currently home to Burial’s production brewery, corporate offices, and sour barrel facility where day-to-day operations have been conducted since October 2016. In keeping with their core values, Burial is aiming to build out Forestry Camp with the same revivalist spirit that has guided the whole of their expansion.

“We aim to breathe new life into those beautiful old bones while carefully maintaining their soul,” explains Tim Gormley, Co-Founder. “We chose to keep the original name of the property, “Forestry Camp”, as homage to its vibrant roots. We aim to use as much wood from the property as possible to build the tables, chairs, and bar itself. With the décor we will continue to celebrate the initial purpose of the property, utilizing tools of the trade, a purposeful tie in with our current South Slope taproom. When you have a beer at Forestry Camp, you’ll have the comforts of a modern bar, but you’ll have traveled back in time. You’ll have experienced a history so important to Asheville, and it’ll taste so good.”

Slated to open to the public in early summer 2018, the Forestry Camp property will afford the brewery both a new outlet for retail and much needed space for their ever growing festivals and events.

“Forestry Camp was named as such because it truly is a camp,” states Gormley. “Six building are spread across its two acres, creating a feel akin to a winery estate or a university commons. I can’t imagine a better place for a festival. We may keep one of our annual festivals in the South Slope, for nostalgic reasons, but we will definitely be moving toward Forestry Camp hosted events. More info to come as the property becomes more fully realized.”

Forestry Camp boasts ample parking space via its own lot and connected parking above for an estimated 100 cars total. For events and weekends, 200 additional spaces will be available across from the property.

A small menu of sandwiches, charcuterie, and other locally purveyed goods are in planning for the beer bar. Additionally a curated wine list with a moderate whiskey and Amaro selection will be offered all the while keeping the focus on craft beer.

“The beer bar will have 20 taps of craft beer, but will offer vintages of over 150 different canned and bottled beer, including extremely limited beers that you could otherwise only get at brewery taprooms,” states Reiser. “This is the craft drinker closeness and experience that we hope to purvey – and we hope other brewers follow suit in their own home states.”

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Social Media Superstars To Emcee Annual Puppy Bowl festivities http://ashevilleblog.com/social-media-superstars-emcee-annual-puppy-bowl-festivities/ http://ashevilleblog.com/social-media-superstars-emcee-annual-puppy-bowl-festivities/#comments Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:04:24 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11371 Social media superstars, serial entrepreneurs, and world-famous animal advocates The Vegan Bros will be playing with puppies and drinking brews at Sanctuary Brewing Company’s (SBC) annual Puppy Bowl on Sunday, February 4th,  all to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) and Sweet Bear Rescue Farm. The famous duo will be flying in from LA to emcee the popular annual event, where puppies play football in an epic showdown of cuddly cuteness.

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Social media superstars, serial entrepreneurs, and world-famous animal advocates The Vegan Bros will be playing with puppies and drinking brews at Sanctuary Brewing Company’s (SBC) annual Puppy Bowl on Sunday, February 4th,  all to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) and Sweet Bear Rescue Farm. The famous duo will be flying in from LA to emcee the popular annual event, where puppies play football in an epic showdown of cuddly cuteness.

Phil and Matt Letten boast tens of thousands of social media followers and have been featured on Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, Vice, NPR and all of the other major media networks for their totally unique and undeniably powerful approach to social change and activism. The two are about to launch a new company, and have a book coming out this year via the world’s largest publisher, Penguin Random House.  

“We are beyond excited to have the Vegan Bros host the Puppy Bowl!” says SBC co-founder Lisa McDonald. “We love their message and approach to animal advocacy, With puppies, beer, and the Bros, it’s gonna be such a phenomenal day!”

Now in its third year, the Puppy Bowl is a massively popular event at the Hendersonville, NC, brewery. Each year, dozens of adoptable puppies hit the field for adorable antics. This year’s lineup includes Team Tuff and Team Gruff, with all players available for rescue from Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

Attendees will be asked for a $5 cash donation at the door, and the event will kick off at 2 p.m. Funds raised will benefit BWAR and Sweet Bear Rescue Farm, the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by SBC owners Lisa McDonald and Joe Dinan. The farm is home to 17 animals including best friends Ollie the pot bellied pig and Charlotte the chicken; Maggie and Shadow, two newly rescued goats; Oskar the cat; dogs Harry and TT and numerous other furry/feathered inhabitants.

SBC has also raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes since its opening in 2015, offers free Sunday meals for anyone in need, and has a Kindness Wall outside the main entrance that’s always stocked with essentials bags for the local homeless population. Recently featured in Thrive and Our State magazines, Sanctuary has even garnered the attention of big names like comedian Ricky Gervais, racecar driver Leilani Munter, and filmmaker Kip Anderson.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, located in Asheville, was founded in 2007 to provide the resources and life-saving programs to build No-Kill communities. As a grassroots organization, Brother Wolf operates an adoption center that is open to the public — making it easy to adopt, volunteer, and become involved in our No-Kill mission. In 2018, Brother Wolf will be opening a Sanctuary in Leicester, NC as a resource of learning and healing for all.

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Catawba Brewing 2018 Passport Program Starts Now http://ashevilleblog.com/catawba-brewing-2018-passport-program-starts-now/ http://ashevilleblog.com/catawba-brewing-2018-passport-program-starts-now/#respond Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:12:14 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11337 Catawba Brewing is now pouring a Small Batch Russian Imperial Stout (8.0 percent ABV) at all four Catawba tasting rooms. Brewed in their 10-barrel Charlotte brewhouse, this traditional strong black ale is full-bodied and rich in flavor, with a silky smooth finish. Four specialty brewing grains produce notes of bitter chocolate and dark roast coffee, balanced with a hint of malty sweetness. Catawba plans to roll out a barrel-aged version of this beer at year end.

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Catawba Brewing’s 2018 Passport Program Takes Off with Small Batch Russian Imperial Stout

Catawba Brewing is now pouring a Small Batch Russian Imperial Stout (8.0 percent ABV) at all four Catawba tasting rooms. Brewed in their 10-barrel Charlotte brewhouse, this traditional strong black ale is full-bodied and rich in flavor, with a silky smooth finish. Four specialty brewing grains produce notes of bitter chocolate and dark roast coffee, balanced with a hint of malty sweetness. Catawba plans to roll out a barrel-aged version of this beer at year end.

Russian Imperial Stout is the first release in Catawba’s 2018 Passport Program, which returns for its second year. The program offers rewards, exclusive tastings, and pre-sale opportunities for customers who try the brewery’s weekly Small Batch releases. Passport booklets are free at all Catawba locations, including the Charlotte tasting room, which is participating for the first time after opening for business in spring 2017.

Catawba Passport Program

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Hi-Wire Brewing Announces January 2018 Beer Releases http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-announces-january-2018-beer-releases/ http://ashevilleblog.com/hi-wire-brewing-announces-january-2018-beer-releases/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:12:41 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11341 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.

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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.

 

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December Beer Releases from Hi-Wire Brewing | 10W-40 & Wild Grape Ale http://ashevilleblog.com/december-beer-releases-hi-wire-brewing-10w-40-wild-grape-ale/ http://ashevilleblog.com/december-beer-releases-hi-wire-brewing-10w-40-wild-grape-ale/#respond Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:39:07 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11304 Hi-Wire Brewing will be ringing in the holidays this season with the release of two beers from their Specialty and Sour & Wild Ale program.

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Hi-Wire Brewing will be ringing in the holidays this season with the release of two beers from their Specialty and Sour & Wild Ale program.

The much anticipated and coveted 10W-40 Imperial Stout is back! For the second year in a row, Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing 10W-40 Imperial Stout (8% ABV), brewed with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. 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 December 22nd.

The second release from Hi-Wire Brewing will be a Wild Grape Ale (7.1% ABV) brewed with Malbec Grape Must from North East Georgia. Head Brewer, Luke Holgate notes “ the grapes were naturally pressed and fermented prior to being aged in red wine barrels on grape must from a Northeast Georgia vineyard.” This mature sour blonde ale exhibits aromatic notes of Malbec grapes, red berry, and oak with a light brett character. Big barnyard phenolics meld with the tart fruity character of the base beer to make a super unique Brett forward flavor and aroma. Already a favorite among Hi-Wire’s team of brewers, the Wild Grape Ale is a special release, as it’s only available in the company’s taprooms. Packaged in a 375ml hand cork and cage bottle format, this beer will be released Saturday, December 2nd at 12pm from their South Slope Sour & Wild Ale facility | 197 Hilliard Ave.

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Black Friday Double-Release at Catawba Brewing http://ashevilleblog.com/black-friday-double-release-catawba-brewing/ http://ashevilleblog.com/black-friday-double-release-catawba-brewing/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:35:32 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11301 Catawba Brewing Co. releases two new additions to their Specialty Series – both slated for 5-state distribution – with a Double-Release Party on Black Friday, November 24 at all locations.

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DOUBLE-RELEASE SPECIALTY SERIES CANS:

Catawba Brewing Co. releases two new additions to their Specialty Series – both slated for 5-state distribution – with a Double-Release Party on Black Friday, November 24 at all locations.

Keeping with Belgian tradition, LD’s Belgian Tripel (10.0% ABV) is named for a particular demonic spirit – in this case, the Pyatt family dog. Innocently yellow in color and deceptively light in body, this strong ale is bursting with fruity yeast esters and spicy phenols – and a hint of warming alcohol. It was fermented with abbey ale yeast, and features an addition of Belgian candi sugar. LD’s will be available on draft and in 4-pack 12oz cans.

Look for LD himself to make appearances in Catawba tasting rooms in support of the release, where guests are warned to keep a safe distance from the tiny terror. Dogs are encouraged to come meet the guest of honor and participate in the festivities.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout (5.4% ABV) was born out of Catawba’s chocolate & beer pairings on the Asheville South Slope. This silky smooth stout was brewed with Chocolate Malts and Midnight Wheat, and conditioned on cacao nibs from a local boutique chocolate factory, whole roasted North Carolina peanuts, and Madagascar vanilla beans. The result is a decadent liquid dessert that’s like a peanut butter cup in a glass. Available on draft and in 6-pack 12oz cans.

SMALL BATCH:

On Wednesday, November 22, Catawba taps a Small Batch Robust Porter (6.2 percent ABV), available at all four tasting rooms. The beer was brewed with seven specialty grains, including rye, lending dominant notes of coffee and roasted malt, with a hint of spice.

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