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NC Beer Month News and Events for Easter Weekend

Heading into the third weekend of NC Beer Month, we are carried by the momentum of last week’s World Beer Cup in Denver.  North Carolina breweries were awarded 8 medals, including a Gold to Asheville Brewing for Ninja Porter and a bronze to Wicked Weed for their Tyrant Double Red IPA.  NoDa Brewing of Charlotte beat out 222 other IPAs to take Gold for their Hop Drop ‘n Roll in the most competitive contest of the event. 

Other North Carolina winners include:

White Street Brewing -- Gold – Kölsch (Köln or Kölsch style Ale)

Mother Earth Brewing – Bronze – Endless River (Köln or Kölsch style Ale)

Outerbanks Brewing Station – Gold – Meyerbock (Heller Bock/ Maibock)

Olde Hickory Brewing – Silver – Irish Walker (Strong Ale or Old Ale)

This competition had over 1400 breweries from 58 countries competing in 94 different categories.  The success of North Carolina’s small breweries helps explain why there is so much local pride surrounding beer.  These brewers deserve it.

And what better way to show your support of NC brewers than by going out and buying some beer!  Two events really stand out this week in the Asheville area, and I hope everyone has the chance to get out to both.

Sharpen the Blade Saison Fest

Friday April 18th:  4pm- 10pm

Burial Beer is hosting the first Saison Fest in Asheville.  Saisons are a style that originated in Southern Belgium and were first brewed by farmers as partial payment to their seasonal workers.  The beers had to be high enough in alcohol to stay fresh from early spring to late summer, but they had to be thirst quenching enough to be desirable after a hard day working the fields.  Every farmer brewed theirs a little bit differently based on what was available, and that freedom of expression is what drives modern day brewers of the style.  Saison Fest will have examples from 15 NC breweries on offer this Friday.  There is no admission charge, just buy the beer by the glass and enjoy.  The best news is that Spring should be back in town by this weekend, so you shouldn’t need your coat.

Highland Brewing 20th Anniversary Plaid Party 

Saturday April 19th:  4pm-9pm (Doors at 2)

Highland Brewing is celebrating 20 years this month, and they are offering a series of limited release beers to commemorate.  Highland is the brewery that started the modern day craft scene in Asheville, and they remain the largest locally owned brewery in Western North Carolina.  Show some support to these pioneers by heading out to the tasting room this Saturday to try beers that you haven’t had and won’t have the opportunity to try again.  “Celtic Ale” the original name and recipe for Gaelic, a 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale, and two “NC only” beers including a lager and a Belgian Ale will be poured along with Highland’s usual line-up and other small batch beers.  Live music, food trucks and to-go bottle sales round out the afternoon.  They are asking that people carpool when possible, as parking is limited. 




Hi-Wire Continues English Breakfasts and Soccer

Soccer fans rejoice!  Hi-Wire Brewing has been opening early on Saturdays throughout the season, and they will continue to do so.  Here's the upcoming schedule from the press release:

ASHEVILLE, NC – March 18, 2014 – English Breakfasts at Hi-Wire’s  tasting  room  continue to keep on rolling!  In  addition  to  full  “Proper”  English  Breakfasts,  featuring  freshly  made  eggs,   bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, and toast, Hi-Wire also always has an alternate option too! Past meals, like pork pancake stacks with tots, French toast with fruit, and awesome breakfast burritos (with tots inside!) have been huge successes. It truly is worth getting up early for an awesome breakfast, great soccer action and, of course, Hi-Wire beers.
Whether  you’re  a  fan  of  soccer  or  just  love  great,  well-priced breakfasts (or both), English Breakfasts are still only $6.95! Throw in any Hi-Wire year-round  or  seasonal  pint  and  it’s  only   $9.95. Lastly, remember that veggie options are always available!
Here’s  the serving schedule for the month:
SAT., MARCH 29TH – STARTING AT 11AM ¾ 11a: Chelsea and Barcelona play ¾ 1:30p: Arsenal v Manchester City
SAT., APRIL 5TH – STARTING AT 10AM ¾ 10a: Manchester United v Newcastle ¾ 12:30p: Chelsea v Stoke City
SAT., APRIL12TH – STARTING AT 10AM ¾ 10a: Tottenham v West Bromwich
SAT., APRIL19TH – STARTING AT 10AM ¾ Live EPL at 10! ¾ 12:30p: Arsenal v Hull
SAT., APRIL26TH – STARTING AT 10AM ¾ 10a: Tottenham v Stoke City ¾ 10a: Manchester United v Norwich

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About Hi-Wire Brewing Located at the corner of Hilliard and Asheland Avenues in Downtown Asheville’s South Slope, Hi-Wire Brewing embraces its craft from top to bottom – from its hand-produced beers to its artwork, hand-drawn by a local artist. Hi-Wire’s  light-hearted circus theme embodies the fun, authenticity, and creativity of this deep-rooted craft. Find Hi-Wire’s beers on draught at North Carolina bars and restaurants, as well as at its downtown tasting room, and in 12-oz 6-packs at retail outlets. Check for an up-to-date list of places to find Hi-Wire’s beer. Featuring four year-round beers – Hi-Wire Lager, Prime Time Pale, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi- Pitch IPA – as well as a rotating selection of seasonal offerings, Hi-Wire Brewing invites you to “Walk  on  the  Wire  Side”.
— From Press Release