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Solar Brewing Co. looks to open Oak Island’s first brewery by late summer

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OAK ISLAND — Oak Island’s first brewpub, Solar Brewing Co., is planning to open next to Shagger Jacks sometime between June and August with a 50-person seating capacity, 16 taps, and pizza offerings. Owner Michael Bartlett said he expects to install solar panels to help supply power to the brewery’s operations. When the former homebrewer […]

Blue Shark looks to expand nationally with ‘world’s smoothest vodka’

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WILMINGTON — Former journeyman NFL kicker Connor Barth remembers his first taste of Blue Shark Vodka. His buddy, a bartender at King Neptune’s in Wrightsville Beach, told him he had to try Wilmington’s first locally produced vodka. “I thought, ‘Geez, there’s nothing else in this?’ It was so smooth, with such a nice finish . […]

From mountains to coast, Catawba Brewing Co. set to open on New Centre Drive at end of February

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WILMINGTON — Catawba Brewing Co. will become brewery number 19 to join the Port City’s craft beer scene as it takes over Skytown Beer Company on New Centre Drive at the end of the month. It will be the fifth facility that the 22-year-old company has opened across North and South Carolina. “We explored all […]

Wrightsville Beach Brewery’s advocacy funnels $100,000 to local nonprofits over last four years

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WILMINGTON — When Wrightsville Beach Brewery opened its doors four years ago, owner Jud Watkins intended it to be more than just a spot for locally crafted beer and quality food. He envisioned the business as a community haven for philanthropic work. To date, through their 11% program, pint nights and other events, the brewery has […]

Bottle shop hops its way to downtown Wilmington from Raleigh

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WILMINGTON — For Christian Stoner, his favorite North Carolina beer is the last one he sipped.  Originally from London, the trained chef landed stateside and fell into a love affair with craft beer from the Tar Heel State — specifically in Raleigh, where he took a job at a neighborhood bottle shop, Hop Yard. That was […]

Wilmington’s Vigilant Hope roasts ‘good coffee for a good purpose’ at new space on 16th

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WILMINGTON – At Vigilant Hope’s new coffee shop, The Roastery, the slogan goes “good coffee for a good purpose.” Executive director Jeremy Hardy is dedicated to both those promises. The Wilmington nonprofit has helped locals battling poverty for 10-plus years, largely with funds raised through its online coffee business. Now it’s opening a physical cafe […]

The 2020 Dish: Restaurants open and close, business owners reflect on a year of struggles

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SOUTHEASTERN NC—At the beginning of 2020, the restaurant industry was looking to surpass its 2019 revenue nationwide, according to the National Restaurant Association. Projections were around $899 billion. As 2020 comes to a close, it’s tracking around $659 billion — a $240 billion loss because of Covid-19. RELATED: ‘When we get through this’: Voices from […]

Some local bar owners say governor’s to-go mixed-beverage allowance is ‘too little, too late’ [Free]

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WILMINGTON—A few bar owners in Wilmington are weighing their options while considering Gov. Roy Cooper’s new executive order, EO183, that authorizes the North Carolina ABC Commission to permit bars and restaurants to do delivery or carry-out mixed beverages until closing time. “Well I’ll be damned. Welcome to the 21st century,” Scott Wagner, owner of Goat […]

Bodega Market opens, owners look to revitalize other properties in South Front District

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WILMINGTON—Three years ago Ryan Horne began buying real estate in the South Front District, specifically near Kidder and Third streets. One spot — a 1,000 square-foot rectangular building that used to house Tiny’s Grill from the ‘60s through the ‘80s — became his first commercial property. He and his wife, Jessica, transformed it into Bodega […]
The Barrel Aged Jim's Breakfast Stout, brewed at a hearty 10.5% ABV. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Thanksgiving palate quenchers: Local breweries release seasonal flavors

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WILMINGTON, NC—Some say the success of a great meal comes in its company. Depending on who all gathers ‘round the Thanksgiving table this year, who else is inclined to point to its alcoholic pairings as the true winners on Nov. 26? (I mean, if Uncle Joe shows, he’s definitely lighting up his snark star over […]