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RELEASE THE BEAST: Hi-Wire Brewing will debut its new Man Eater double IPA at its March 8 English Breakfast event. Photo courtesy of Hi-Wire Brewing Co.
RELEASE THE BEAST: Hi-Wire Brewing will debut its new Man Eater double IPA at its March 8 English Breakfast event. Photo courtesy of Hi-Wire Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada introduces IPA 4-pack

Sierra Nevada is best-known for its hoppy Pale Ale and Torpedo IPA. Now it’s taking the hoppiness one step further and rolling out a variety four-pack with Torpedo and three new hop-forward beers. According to the company, the variety pack, which will roll out in the next couple of weeks and be available through July, will contain:

• Snow Wit White IPA is brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops that give it a complex grapefruit and herbal hop character accentuated by spicy notes from an authentic Belgian yeast.

• Nooner Session IPA is light in body but big in hop aroma and flavor. This session IPA delivers a dose of citrusy and grapefruit hop character from the use of whole-cone American hops.

• Blindfold Black IPA is an evolution of a Beer Camp recipe and features a blend of hop varieties whose bright, fruity aroma complements the coffee-like flavors of dark roasted malts.

• Torpedo Extra IPA is Sierra Nevada’s year-round IPA and uses the brewery’s unique “Hop Torpedo” method of dry hopping to showcase complex citrus, pine and herbal flavor and aromas.

No word yet on the specific beers, but Sierra Nevada says to expect variety 12-packs for the first time in both fall and winter as well.

Hi-Wire extends British Breakfast Series and releases a Man Eater

Fresh eggs, bacon, toast and sausage may be easy to find around town but there are not many places that add grilled tomatoes, baked beans and live soccer to the mix. Hi-Wire debuted its signature English Breakfast series last month, and so many people turned up — even for the 7:45 a.m. game — that they decided to extend it all through March. Hi-Wire will continue to serve its $6.95 breakfast ($9.95 with a pint). And of course, this is Asheville, so veggie options like soysage hash are always available. Hi-Wire’s Facebook page will have the up-to-date game schedule, and this Saturday will have a special treat: Breakfast-goers will get the first crack at Man Eater, the brewery’s new double IPA. Expect a big 8.3 percent hopmonster.

Save the date for the Burning Can Festival

Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard will host its very own Burning Can Beer Festival this year. The festival, which will happen in addition to the original Burning Can at the Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado, will take place on Saturday, July 5, with proceeds benefiting the CAN’d Aid Foundation and Western North Carolina Alliance.

Burning Can Brevard will integrate the Pisgah Omnium — two days of bike rides and races. It will also give attendees the chance to taste beer samples from more than 35 local and national breweries. More details are still to come, but it’s safe to expect some sort of live music to go along with the outdoor activities and beer.

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