Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Co-op brewery construction underway, Tidewater Brewery owners hoping for July opening

The brewery is unique in the area in that patrons can also become part-owners by purchasing shares in the co-op.

Owners of Tidewater Brewery in the Soda Pop District have taken an old warehouse and turned it into a brewery and tap room (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)
Owners of Tidewater Brewery in the Soda Pop District have taken an old warehouse and turned it into a brewery and tap room (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

WILMINGTON —Tidewater Brewery is well on its way to completion. Owners hope to become a mainstay of the Soda Pop District in Wilmington.

There are several craft breweries around Wilmington already, but what makes Tidewater Brewery unique is that everyday people can say they are partial owners. For a price, anyone who is interested can buy ownership shares, which come with some added benefits.

Ethan Hall, one of the founding owners of Tidewater, said ownership shares have steadily increased since they first became available for purchase, but he is always looking for more.

Tidewater Brewing Company located at 1002 Princess Street is nearly 9,000-square-feet of building space (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)
Tidewater Brewing Company located at 1002 Princess Street is nearly 9,000 square feet of building space. (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)

The project has been labor intensive; in March, when Port City Daily first got a look inside the warehouse, it was nothing more than dirt floors and brick walls. Now, it is unrecognizable.

Flooring and walls have been installed, and 12 new windows, measuring 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall have been cut in the brick facade.

The wood for the floors is reclaimed locally, Hall said.

Wood for the flooring at Tidewater Brewery comes from MOTSU, located along the Cape Fear River (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)
Wood for the flooring at Tidewater Brewery is reclaimed locally (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

Hall said he is hoping for a July opening. Port City Daily will have updates on Tidewater’s progress and opening date.


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