1 Flytrap Brewing | Directions
Why you should visit: Named after the Venus flytrap whose native habitat is within a 60-mile radius of Wilmington. Flytrap Brewing, located in the Brooklyn Arts District of Historic Downtown Wilmington, is a neighborhood brewery that offers a large selection of beer to choose from, serving signature brews as well as five rotating guest taps. One of the Flytrap’s most popular signature ales is the Rehder’s Red Ale, named after Stanley Rehder, a local horticulturist with a special interest in the Venus flytrap. WilmingtonAndBeaches.com
2 Front Street Brewery | Directions
Why you should visit: Front Street Brewery, located in historic downtown, has been a favorite restaurant to locals since it opened in 1995. It is home to Wilmington’s only restaurant with a micro-brewery on site. History is on their side as the building where they serve the suds dates back to 1865, the same year that the Second Battle of Fort Fisher began during the Civil War. The brewery offers daily tours that teach the brewing process and offers samples of seasonal brews and flagship brews including Coastal Kolsch and Riptide Raspberry Wheat. WilmingtonParent.com
3 Waterline Brewing Company | Directions
Why you should visit: This 1940’s preserved original structure, located just under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, gives the atmosphere of a rustic and historic feel with plenty of locally-crafted beer. They distribute kegs locally and Waterline even offers tours where the staff outlines not only the brewing process but the historical aspects of the renovated building. Original concrete floors and rough cut heart pine beams throughout their space makes for a wonderful setting to brew and taste craft beers. WaterlineBrewing.com
There is no doubt that Wilmington and the surrounding areas have an emerging craft brew scene and everyone likes to drink locally, but for those who are thinking globally, here is a breakdown from PortCityDaily.com of the three best breweries outside of America that we recommend visiting. Please drink responsibly.
1 Meantime Brewery in London, England
Why you should visit: The Greenwich site is the largest craft brewery in the British capital, and visitors can hear about the history of craft brewing, take in the sights and sounds, and taste a range of the different products during their visit. They offer a brewery tour that is billed as “one part stand-up comedy, one part history lesson, one part science lesson and one part going down the pub”. MSN.com
2 Evil Twin Brewing in Copenhagen, Denmark
Why you should visit: Evil Twin is a nomadic (or the ethnically and politically incorrect, but infinitely more popularly described gypsy) brewery that traces its origins to Denmark. Evil Twin literally brews all over the world utilizing excess capacity from other breweries to create their beers. Due to the nature of being a nomadic brewery, many of these beers are one-off production runs. Its12oclockSomewhere.com
3 Amburon Belgian Craft Brewery in Tongeren, Belgium
Why you should visit: The love of beer was instilled in Davy Daniëls from a very young age. His grandfather opened a drinks store in 1961. Davy’s father worked in the store throughout his life and Davy followed in his footsteps. He was a first-hand witness to the growing success of Belgian specialty beers and a new wave of microbreweries and beer firms. Today the brewery features some of the world’s best craft beer, located in Belgium’s oldest city. BeerTourism.com
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