Highland Brewing Company and Hi-Wire Brewing have joined forces to create Plum Nectar, a dry-hopped Berliner Weisse with plums. Tart and refreshing, Plum Nectar blends aromatic citrus and tropical fruit notes from Azacca hops with the juicy and sweet character of 17 pounds of plums per barrel.
This Berliner Weisse is the result of a collaboration headed by brewers Sarah Gulotta of Hi-Wire and Katie Smith of Highland, who crafted the idea through connections with the Pink Boots Society. Gulotta was excited for an opportunity to work with Asheville’s original craft brewery.
“It’s awesome to work with Highland – the beer culture in this town started with them, and they’ve been so supportive of Hi-Wire,” said Gulotta. “I love when local breweries work together – it’s all about celebrating our community here in Asheville. Also, Highland has been very supportive of women in the beer industry, so it was fantastic to work with another female brewer.”
Inspired by Sarah and Katie’s involvement with the Pink Boots Society, Highland and Hi-Wire will donate one dollar from each draft pour of Plum Nectar sold at the release parties at each brewery on October 17th to the non-profit. The Pink Boots Society assists, inspires and encourages women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education.
“I had a blast collaborating with Hi-Wire on this beer,” added Smith. “Starting with recipe development alongside Sarah all the way to spending the day brewing at their Big Top location. Our goal was (is) to create a deliciously tart Berliner Weisse with a slight spicy rye note to pair with the deep rich flavor of the plums.”
Plum Nectar will be available on draft and in 4-packs of 16oz cans featuring Highland’s signature mountain-scape with Hi-Wire’s “clean color-blocked” specialty branding. Look for it in Hi-Wire’s and Highland’s taprooms on October 17th and throughout North Carolina in mid-October.
Located in Asheville, NC, Hi-Wire Brewing is known for producing approachable and balanced lagers and ales, most notably Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA. They have two locations in Asheville: the 27,000 square foot Big Top Production Facility & Taproom positioned half a mile from the Biltmore Estate and the South Slope Specialty Brewery & Taproom located in the South Slope area of Downtown, which has a focus on wild and sour ales. Hi-Wire was awarded the gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival® in the German-Style Maerzen category for their Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager. Most recently, they took home bronze in the Wood and Barrel Aged Beer category at the 2018 World Beer Cup® for their Dry Hopped Brett Pale Ale. Hi-Wire Brewing’s award-winning beers can be found on draft and in bottles across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, and Kentucky.