Fireworks, food on the grill, and a cold lager are practically required for the July Fourth holiday. So it’s fitting that the brewery opening this week is quickly making its name with one of the three. “Our lager is a perfect, sessionable summer beer,” says Chris Frosaker, one of the Hi-Wire owners. “It’s really easy to drink … you’ll finish one before you realize it.”
At the soft opening, it was clear the guys put a lot of work into making sure their other beers were ready to go — and they transformed the former Craggie space. The old “tasting room” walls have been torn down in favor of the Green Man approach: a bar set up towards the front of the room with the brewing tanks providing the backdrop. A high curved ceiling makes the space feel very open. Even with a large turnout, it never seemed crowded.
The doors opened for the first time today (Monday, July 1) at 4 p.m. and close towards midnight. Then the hours will be 4 p.m. to midnight from Sunday to Thursday and 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (See below for other taproom details.)
If you can’t make it to Hi-Wire this week, you can still snag a six-pack of their beer in time for July Fourth. Their core beers rolled out last week to Bruisin’ Ales, Hops & Vines, Appalachian Vintner, Asheville Wine Market, The French Broad Food Coop and West Village Market.
Address: 197 Hilliard Ave., Asheville (former site of Craggie Brewing)
Beers on tap: 10 taps, 6 Hi-Wire beers (Hi-Wire Lager, Hi-Pitch IPA, Bed of Nails Brown, Prime Time Pale, Uprisin’ Hefeweizen, and Acrobat Spring Ale)
Pour sizes and prices: 16-ounce pours of most beers, $4; 8-ounce pours of most beers, $2.50; Flights of four 4-ounce tasters, $4