New brewery with WWI aviation theme opens in Southport

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Check Six Brewing Company
Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce ambassadors joined Check Six Brewing Company co-founders Noah Goldman and Tim Hassel, along with staff members, for the opening of the company’s brewery and taproom in Southport.

Get your pint glasses ready, Southport. A new brewery with a World War I aviation theme has opened in the area.

Check Six Brewing Company opened its doors April 28, according to Karen Sphar, executive vice president of the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce. The brewery is located in Dutchman Town Center, 5130 Southport-Supply Road SE, between Quiznos and Cape Fear Fitness.

The company is named after the fighter pilot term “check six,” which means a pilot should look at his or her six o’clock (directly behind their plane) to check for enemy aircraft trying to sneak in for an easy kill, Sphar said.

Noah Goldman, a native of Brooklyn, New York, said he came out of retirement to start the brewery.

“Everything in here is aviation themed. There’s a lot of neat stories about pilots and planes,” Goldman said. “My partner, co-founder, is currently in the Air Force. The idea behind it–we thought [the name] was unique enough for people to ask.

“It’s the only local brewery in Brunswick County. The more local it is, the fresher it is. And you can’t get much fresher than down the road.”

The brewery sells kegs, half kegs and growlers of their local brew. Check Six’s taproom has 16 taps and three rotating taps from other local brewers.

“Pretty much whatever your tastes are, we have something that will probably fit in there,” Goldman said.

Check Six is open from 2-10 p.m. daily and offers “a diverse range of exclusive, locally produced, handcrafted beers and ales,” Sphar said. Brewery tours are available upon request and depend on brewery production schedules.

While Check Six is not a restaurant, the brewery offers snacks. The brewery is also “food-friendly,” meaning visitors are welcome to bring in food, Sphar said. The company is working to encourage local eateries to deliver.

“Co-founders Tim Hassel and Noah Goldman began brewing as home brewers in 2006. After many dozens of batches, equipment upgrades and enjoyable brews shared with friends and family, Tim and Noah were encouraged by everyone over and over to start their own brewery,” Sphar said. “As they began to get serious about starting a professional brewery, they further planned to maintain an early aviation theme mainly celebrating WWI aircraft and the bravery of those that flew them.”

For more information about Check Six Brewing Company and list of craft brews, visit their website.