Asheville has one of the best beer scenes in beer-crazy North Carolina and this fall one of its largest breweries, Hi-Wire Brewing, will open a taproom in Durham.
Hi-Wire's beers have been in the Triangle for years, but with a dedicated taproom, Durham drinkers will have access to some brews typically only found in the mountains.
The Durham taproom will be in the Golden Belt development east of downtown, which has converted an old textile mill into loft apartments and retail. Hi-Wire will move into a nearly 9,000 square foot space, plus an outdoor patio and beer garden. The taproom will have 24 taps, pouring all of Hi-Wire's beers, plus wine, local cider and guest offerings from Durham breweries.
There won't be a full scale brewing operation, but Hi-Wire owners Chris Frosaker and Adam Charnack say they may build a small pilot system on site for one-off beers.
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The Triangle is Hi-Wire's second largest market outside its home in Western North Carolina, the owners said in a press release.
"We've felt for some time like (the Triangle is) a second home to us, and we've been looking for ways to root ourselves in the community," Charnack said in the release. "So while a taproom outside of our two primary breweries wasn't necessarily part of our Day-One-Business-Plan, we've realized how important it is both for Hi-Wire and for our fans to have more ways to connect with the brewery. We've been looking for the right opportunity for some time now, and feel as though we've really nailed it with our new Durham spot."
Hi-Wire's new taproom is the first outside investment in the Triangle's thirsty beer scene, itself home to more than a dozen breweries. It could open as early as October.