Monday, June 24, 2024

Cape Fear Beer Tracker: This week in craft beer April 1 – 7

Our craft beer tracker is a place to keep up with scheduled beer releases, festivals, special casks, and more for the week ahead.

Beer Picture of the Week: Flytrap's newest release the Rakau Pale. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flytrap Brewing)
Beer Picture of the Week: Flytrap’s newest release, the Rakau Pale. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flytrap Brewing)

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington area continues to grow its reputation as an “Asheville East” of craft breweries — there are now 18 in the region — and we’ll be here to keep you in the loop. Our craft beer tracker is a place to keep up with scheduled beer releases, festivals, special casks, and more for the week ahead. We’ll publish every week and update as information comes along.

Schedules can fluctuate inside the brewhouse, so check the breweries’ links for updates on their Facebook pages. Brewers and taproom managers: keep us informed at

This week in craft beer Monday, April 1 – Sunday, April 7

Bill’s Brewing Co. | 4238 Market Street in midtown Wilmington

Latest Can-Release (Thursday, March 28): the Tactical Tie Dye, a NEIPA; and Wave Break, their flagship IPA.

  • Brewing Philosophy: “We strive to create beer that everyone can enjoy, from the craft beer connoisseur to individuals new to the craft beer scene.”
  • Brewers’ Top 3: Dog Haze of Summer NEIPA, Schwarzbier, and Wave Break IPA
  • Founded: June 2016

Broomtail Craft Brewery | 6404 Amsterdam Way, King’s Grant area of Wilmington

Broomtail recently lost one of their own, Dean Goodyear. Shirts to honor the former “face of the brewery” are now on sale in the taproom, with proceeds split between two of Goodyear’s favorites: the Honeybee Conservancy and the Cape Fear Independent Film Network.
Broomtail is now selling shirts to honor the late Dean Goodyear. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Broomtail Craft Brewery)
Broomtail is now selling shirts to honor the late Dean Goodyear. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Broomtail Craft Brewery)
  • Brewing Philosophy: “To enrich the world by using scientific art coupled with the natural resources and living organisms provided by Mother Nature developing unique, high-quality beer for all to enjoy.”
  • Brewers’ Top 3: Galloping Gose’ – series of light sours using natural lactobacillus and brewers yeast in fermentation to develop smooth, refreshing, true to style Gose’; Acerbic Ecstasy – flagship IPA, a hybrid English / West Coast IPA; Moe Beer – signature brown ale, highly crushable and pairs well with almost any dish.
  • Founded: 2014

Keep up with their souring/barrel aging facility and taproom in Ogden, The Sour Barn (7211 Market Street).

Check Six Brewing Co. | 5130 Southport-Supply Road in Southport

Latest Release: Flight Test #1 (a fruit IPA). “Fruity with a dark amber color and hints of grapefruit and orange,” owner and brewmaster Noah Goldman said. Check out their current tap list here

  • Brewing Philosophy: “Make the finest ales and lagers possible, using local ingredients whenever possible.”
  • Brewers’ Top 3: Harley Pope Vanilla Porter, Aerial Aggression Double IPA, B-17 Bock
  • Founded: June 2016

Edward Teach Brewery | 604 N 4th Street in downtown Wilmington

Latest Release (Saturday, March 24): a guest beer, the Cape Fear Collab Gose (4.1%) on draft. Check out their current tap list here.

  • About: “Set in a historic firehouse in Wilmington’s Brooklyn Arts District, we craft beers for everyone. Try our German or Black Lagers, Peach Wheat Ale, and IPAs.”
  • Founded: December 2017

Flying Machine Brewing Co. | 3130 Randall Parkway in midtown Wilmington

Flying Machine’s newest is the Obedience to Ritual, a double New England IPA brewed at 7.4 percent ABV, with notes of mango, papaya, and strawberry. Also on tap: Governable Parachutes IPA and the Disobedience to Ritual (a blend of the Obedience to Ritual NEIPA and Helles Lager).

  • Brewing Philosophy: We want to mix new age ideas with old school techniques to bring a new era of innovation to the marketplace.”
  • Brewers’ Top 3: Vimana (a Kölsch), Hollow Bones (a Roggenbier), and Hollow Wolf Lord (a double New England IPA)
  • Founded: June 2016

Flytrap Brewing | Located at 319 Walnut Street in downtown Wilmington

Latest Release: the Rakau Pale, featuring New Zealand’s Rakau hops (picture at top). 

  • Brewing Style: A neighborhood brewery specializing in small batch American and Belgian style ales that are guaranteed to be at the peak of freshness.”
  • Brewers’ Top 3: Our Saisons, our Rotating House IPA, and our Kettle Sour Ales
  • Founded: October 2014

Front Street Brewery | 9 N. Front Street in downtown Wilmington

Check out their current beer lineup here.

  • Brewing Style: “Specializing in American and Belgian style ales and small batch brews.”
  • Brewers’ Top 3: Amberjack ESB, Napoleon Rye-namite, Tiny Tim’s Christmas Ale
  • Founded: 1995

Good Hops Brewing | 811 Harper Ave in Carolina Beach

Newest Release: the Blood Orange Rosemary Belgian.

For those who love stouts, hit up the taproom soon as they wrap up “stout season” in April.

  • Mission: “To make and drink damn tasty beer, offer a comfortable neighborhood gathering place and support all things local.”
  • Flagships: Donna Golden Ale, Flip Hop IPA, Stanky Yankee Hazy IPA
  • Founded: 2014

Ironclad Brewery | 115 N. 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington

Nothing new to report here, keep up with brewery events on their Facebook page (link above).

  • Brewing Philosophy: We strive to provide each beer enthusiast with a unique experience by infusing traditional styles with unexpected ingredients: Fermentation of the Imagination!”
  • Brewers’ Top 3: Smoked Honey Lager, Cukes of Hazard, and Navigator Double Bock
  • Founded: 2015

Mad Mole Brewing | 6309 Boathouse Road near Bradley Creek in Wilmington

Newest Release: the Hop Labour, a double New England IPA. 

Mad Mole's Hop Labour double New England IPA. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Mad Mole Brewing)
Mad Mole’s Hop Labour double New England IPA. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Mad Mole Brewing)
  • About: “Wilmington’s first solar-powered brewery. Spun off from a local software company, Mad Mole combines technology and art to brew better beer.”
  • Founded: June 2018

Makai Brewing Co. | 5850 Ocean Highway W. Unit 1 in Ocean Isle Beach

New Releases: the Raspberry Temptress, their newest sour, and a New England Pale Ale with peach called ComeonlwannaLeiya: Peach.

  • Brewing Philosophy: “Extending the reach of North Carolina craft beer ‘toward the sea’ with consistent flagships and diverse small-batches inspired by the Hawaiian Islands, the Carolina Coast, and our local community.”
  • Brewers’ Choice: Carolina Tropical IPA, Nightingale Coffee Porter, Fire Knife DIPA
  • Founded: 2017

New Anthem Beer Project | 116 Dock Street in downtown Wilmington

New Can-Release: Songs Unsung IPA, double dry-hopped with Galaxy and Citra.

  • Brewing Style: Diverse and recognizable hoppy beers with a sidecar of barrel-aged dark beers and traditional styles from the UK and Belgium.”
  • Brewers’ Choice: Rusty Cage, Five Thieves, Hillbilly Prophet
  • Founded: 2016

Red Hare 34 North Experiment Station 4802 Main St in Shallotte

New Release: the Peach State pale ale, brewed with peaches, lactose, and other natural flavors. “This is very crispy and very drinkable,” taproom manager Byron McSweeney said.REd H

Their one-year anniversary party is Saturday, April 20, featuring a fruited Gose brewed in-house — one version with blackberries and the other with pineapples — live music, and a food truck.

  • Brewing Style: “Our style is fun, approachable beers. Specialize in lagers and crushable IPA’s to experiment wilds and sours, all usually with a classical and historically accurate base but with our innovative spin.”
  • Brewers’ Top 3: Soft J IPA, SPF 50/50 Tangerine, and Putin’s Paradise Russian Imperial Stout
  • Founded: 2012 (Shallotte location opened April 2018)

Salty Turtle Beer Co. | 103 Triton Lane in Surf City

Newest Release (March 26): Muddy Buddy peanut butter chocolate stout.

  • About: Veteran-owned brewery located in Surf City, consisting of 10 rotating taps and a family friendly taproom featuring food trucks and live music. “
  • Brewers’ Choice: Coastline Kölsch, Hey Zay NEIPA, Swingbridge Breakfast Stout 
  • Founded: Dec. 2017

Waterline Brewing Co. | 721 Surry Street in Downtown Wilmington

Keep up with their latest beer list here.

  • Brewing Philosophy: “Brewed Under the Bridge with a focus on traditional, easy drinking beer styles with the occasional twist.”
  • Brewers’ Choice: Our top-selling Kolsch, awarding-winning Coffee and Cream Pale Ale, and the annual release of our Whiskey Barrel Aged Tennessee Tripel.
  • Founded: 2014

Waterman’s Brewing | 1610 Pavilion Place near the Wrightsville bridge

Keep up with their latest beer list here.

  • Brewing Philosophy: “Love your liquid!”
  • Brewers’ Choice: Abundant Sunshine IPA, Knothead ESB, Makin’ Me Hazy IPA
  • Opened: July 2017

Wilmington Brewing Co. | 824 Kerr Avenue in midtown Wilmington

Can-Release (Friday, March 22): The No Wake Zone IPA — “zippy and bright, super tropical fruit forward” — and the Sull Train double IPA.

  • About: “Homegrown from a small home-brew shop to an 11,800 square-foot facility. WBC includes a 3bbl and 25bbl brewery, tasting room, and a home-brew supply store.”
  • Brewers’ Choice: Tropical Lightning IPA, Blair’s Breakfast Stout, Jalapeño Saison
  • Opened brewery/taproom: 2014

Wrightsville Beach Brewery | 6201 Oleander Drive near Bradley Creek

Wrightsville Beach Brewery's new can-release of their spring seasonal Wilmywood Wit. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Wrightsville Beach Brewery)
Wrightsville Beach Brewery’s new can-release of their spring seasonal Wilmywood Wit. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Wrightsville Beach Brewery)

Newest Can-Release: the spring seasonal Wilmywood Wit, “a nice and refreshing medium-bodied Belgian style witbier brewed with coriander, grains of paradise, orange peel and cardamom.”

  • Brewing Style: “Wide variety perfect for sipping on the beach, including a year-round selection of lagers.”
  • Brewers’ Choice: Carolina Harvest Ale, Raspberry Berlinerweisse, bourbon barrel-aged Masonbarrel Barleywine
  • Founded: 2016

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