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Ten local breweries collaborate to help Nourish NC feed kids during pandemic

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WILMINGTON — Ten local breweries have partnered on several collaboration beers to benefit the work of Wilmington-based Nourish NC. The nonprofit feeds a growing population of hungry children in the Cape Fear region. Covid-19 has not only slashed the income of families already challenged to provide healthy food options for their children, but it has […]

Blind Elephant owner Ashley Tipper rolls out a mobile cocktail program with Vagabond Spirits

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WILMINGTON—Last year, bar owner Ashley Tipper came up with an idea to make the Blind Elephant’s cocktail program mobile. At her speakeasy, tucked in an alleyway on Front St., she kept hearing regulars say, “I wish I could get a drink like this at my house.” So Tipper made it possible with the help of […]

Carolina Beach’s Malama Cafe opens in light and health amid the darkness of a pandemic

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CAROLINA BEACH — To take care of oneself, preserve the environment and protect others: The tenets of the Hawaiian word “malama” fit the name of a new cafe and coffee shop in Carolina Beach. Located on Cape Fear Boulevard, a block from the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Malama focuses on serving healthy food and drinks, while […]

Wilmington Brewing Company increases distribution, builds 200-person event space

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WILMINGTON — During a pandemic that has shuttered taprooms and canceled large events for much of the year, Michelle and John Savard used their spare time to boost beer distribution and begin building a 220-person event space next to their midtown brewery.  According to Michelle, Wilmington Brewing Company is one of several breweries in the […]

Whiskey Trail Midtown brings burgers, brews, and wings to restaurant’s second location

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WILMINGTON — Whiskey Trail, a local favorite best known for its wings and burgers, has opened up a second location in Wilmington. Opening in the former Dig and Dive, Whiskey Trail Midtown is bringing the same menu and specials from its Masonboro Loop flagship to a new neighborhood. This includes the restaurant’s best-seller, the Cape […]
An old car dealership on Princess Street is set to become Hi-Wire Brewing's fifth taproom. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Asheville’s Hi-Wire Brewing plans to open taproom in Wilmington’s ‘Soda Pop District’ this fall

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WILMINGTON — Asheville-based Hi-Wire Brewing is planning to open its fifth taproom inside an old, 1950s-era car dealership at the corner of Princess and 11th Street sometime in November. The move will bring one of the state’s most well-known craft beer producers to Wilmington, which is building its own reputation as an ‘Asheville East’ — […]