Fun, circus-themed approach with their classic yet creative craft beers
Established in 2013 by Adam Charnack and Chris Frosaker, Hi-Wire Brewing Company is a circus-themed craft brewery based in Asheville, North Carolina. The brewery focuses on crafting balanced, approachable beers with plenty of traditional and experimental styles in the lineup. Since opening its doors just five years ago, Hi-Wire has been incredibly successful, quadrupling their capacity in under two years and expanding to three production/taproom locations, all while earning several honors and awards including being named North Carolina’s Best New Brewery by RateBeer.com. This is no small feat, considering that Asheville has one of the best beer scenes in beer-crazy North Carolina, so there’s plenty of competition. We are happy to feature this rising star brewery and share two of their most popular offerings with our Craft Beer Club members.
Chris Frosaker and Adam Charnack first met as college roommates and each went on to separate careers upon graduating; Chis became a pharmacist and Adam was an affordable housing real estate developer, but they both enjoyed brewing beer on the side. They had always talked about starting their own business, so when a local brewery was selling its old equipment, they didn’t have to think twice. Good friends, homebrewers and avid fans of craft beer, Chris and Adam jumped on the opportunity and Hi-Wire Brewing Company was born.
The circus-theme at Hi-Wire perfectly depicts the company, with its fun, authentic and crafty vibe. Plus, Asheville itself can feel a bit circus-like, so the theme seemed fitting all around. The tightrope has become key to the branding, representing the balance Adam and Chris seek in their beers.
Hi-Wire’s original brewhouse is located in the heart of downtown Asheville’s South Slope Brewery District. This cozy, industrial-chic neighborhood hangout space is dedicated to brewing sour and wild ales and one-off small batch beers. Their second location, named ‘Big Top,’ opened in 2015 and features a taproom and production brewery where visitors can enjoy a pint of Hi-Wire’s flagship lagers and ales beside the tanks where they were created. The third location, a huge taproom with plenty of games and activities (soccer pool tables, table tennis, shuffleboard courts, etc.), is due to open late 2018 in the “Durham Fun Zone” in Downtown Durham. All is certainly going well for Adam Charnack and Chris Frosaker, who are incredibly proud of their brewery’s fast success. Strategic growth has always been a part of the Hi-Wire vision, and they are very excited about the continued expansion plans that are underway. Hi-Wire Brewing is definitely a brewery worth seeking out if you are ever in the bustling beer scene of Asheville. We hope you enjoy these two delicious Hi-Wire offerings featured in this Beer or the Month Club shipment.