Hi-Wire Brewing

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18 Beers
514 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

197 Hilliard Ave
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-3616
United States
phone: (828) 575-9675

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hiwirebrewing

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was there on a Sunday afternoon. He atmosphere was OK (extra points for having a TV for patrons to play Mario Kart 64). Beer was good, not outstanding.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Our server at Sierra Nevada had mentioned that her husband was a brewer at Hi-Wire, a brewery that had not really been on my radar before that, but I added it to the list! This is a small working brewery, with a tiny bar and a few high top tables for seating. Not the most glamorous, but very "real". I quickly tasted through the sampler and found all of the beers to be well crafted and good examples of their styles. Nothing crazy, but all good. My favorite double IPA of the trip was their Man Eater, and they happened to have just bottled them, so I took a few home. Second favorite was the very nice ESB. We also briefly got to say hi to one of the owners there. Getting back to our car to avoid towing, we headed on to our next destination.

Photo of cjgiant
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Rather small tasting room, but you get to be up-and-personal with the brewing equipment (slight exaggeration). The place is obviously dog-friendly and seems to have a fairly open nature to it overall, which I can appreciate in a small brewery.

The brews tend to lean towards British styles or interpretations thereof. As such, the beers aren't likely to be up my alley. However, I thought the offerings were quite decent. The styles offered on my visit were mostly pale (a brown ale and black IPA), with a total 7 offerings-but no duplicates.

A nice little place to grab a pint; the interpretations to me appear more classic in nature, good or bad Odin the eye of the beer holder (sorry, pun intended).

Photo of mwar
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Bare bones type place. No bells and whistles. Basically a brewery with a bar as an afterthought. Worth a visit for sure!

Photo of jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Located in the burgeoning South Slope District – really, the Brewery District, if you ask me – and a short walk from Wicked Weed is my next stop, and a recent addition (2013) to Asheville, Hi-Wire Brewing. The building is a nondescript beige structure that could have been a body shop in a future life. Adjacent to the entrance is a red garage door beneath a large red sign with the name of the joint; there seems to be a small town circus theme going on - complete with a high wire acrobat.

Inside is a small but comfortable tasting room void of any frills or pretentions. A tiny bar manned by a single server. There is a scattering of tables about. To the left one can observe the brew tanks and the hustling brewer scampering to and fro in the worthwhile task of making quality beers for thirsty patrons. Hi-Wire Brewing is no high falooting brewpub serving Belgian endives and onion compote; this is a working brewery.

It is a working brewery that makes four year-round beers (Hi-Pitch IPA) and several rotating styles, in other words: a good array for everyone. Of course, the prices are very reasonable; a pint will set you back about $4.00, a flight of six goes for $6.00. There are so many excellent brewers in Asheville, so make time for them all.

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Was dead and it looked like we were interrupting the bartenders TV watching. A few taps to chose from so we did the sampler. The barrel aged stout was very good, but that was all that stood out. You can get their bottles at most stores in town, so not a must visit.

Photo of joe1510
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

Hi-Wire is another downtown Asheville brewery set in a little warehouse. The exterior well kept with some large windows throughout. As you walk in you walk through some bar tables to get to the actual bar that seats, probably, 16-18 people. The space is open with the brewing equipment to the left of the bar, a small operation. There was a good sized crowd in the darkish bar the night I visited. 9 or 10 tap handles adorn the wall behind the bar with 6 House brews and a few guest taps.

I was immediately waited on when I found a spot at the bar and ordered, asking for a water as well. A roll of the eyes and an exasperated response informed me that I had to get my own water over in the corner somewhere. I ordered the IPA and my buddy ordered something else, both of which were mediocre at best and forgettable. As a matter of fact about halfway through both our beers we decided to up and leave. The bartender, again, seemed like it was a hassle to do her job as I payed.

The spot is decent, the beer passable, but the service left much to be desired. I would give the beer another shot if on tap at another establishment but I can't see myself returning to the source.

Photo of bcgill
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Nice atmosphere. Open front with brewing equipment on the floor with industry decor. Six of their beers (four year rounds and two seasonals) and three guest beers on tap when I was there. Beers are solid line up; I enjoyed the pale ale and IPA. Great place to relax and grab a brew on a summer night.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This place has such a cool vibe. Refurbished warehouse-style space, with a huge bay door that stays open (weather permitting) to give a street view while you are hanging out. A bunch of high-top table seating leading up the a very basic, awesome bar. At the right end of this bar is greatness...a tiny little television hooked up with a retro-video game system, so you can rock out old school Mario and whatever while you drink. Fantastic! Other bar games scattered throughout the establishment. I'm pretty sure I saw a dartboard on the wall, too. The folks behind the bar were awesome and friendly. The beer was very solid, and they had 6 taps flowing while we were there. They have some pretty slick aluminum growlers for beer to go. This place is definitely worth putting on your map of Asheville if you are visiting. Awesome stop!

Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Decent size taproom with a bar front and center, brewing eqpt back left and seating front right. Could definitely need more seating as I had to post up at the bar for my sampler.

Beers were fairly good, nothing amazing IMO though. I visited during the second week they were publically open so I will refrain judgement.

Staff was nice enough, I tried to converse a little about the beers but didnt have as much luck as I would have liked.

They had 5 of their offerings on draft if I recall.

I enjoy how they plan to turn around their beers quite often and have different offerings from different categories of their beers.

Worth a stop, especially once they start to hit their stride.

Photo of bbristow
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Old Craggie location. 4 regular taps with 2 more for seasonal brews, and several guest taps as well. Space is more open than Craggie and looks much better. Can get busy. Pretty cheap. A nice place to hang out with friends, but there are better beers in Asheville.

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

In the old Craggie brewery location. 4 regular taps, 2 seasonal, 4 guest. All were quality craft. Appears like they are concentrating on the base Brown/Pale/IPA base brews. Probably a good idea.
Neat atmosphere, typical Asheville with open brewing area and tasting room/bar. Knocked down a few walls from the Craggie set up. Foosball, shuffleboard, big Jenga are some things to do. Otherwise socialize with the locals and travelers. Staff was very friendly and know the Hi-Wire beers. Reminds me a bit of Green Man. Would definetely return.

Hi-Wire Brewing in Asheville, NC
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