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Cape Fear Beer Tracker: This week in craft beer June 17 – June 23

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: New Anthem's Bend and Snap IPA. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy New Anthem Beer Project)
Beer Picture of the Week: New Anthem’s Bend and Snap IPA. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy New Anthem Beer Project)

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 pcd@localvoicemedia.com.

In the news

Friday, June 17: Donations encouraged? Craft beer alliance speaks out, hopes WDI considers local Wilmington brewers

Saturday, June 15: Brewed by the sun: Mad Mole battling Charlotte brewery for ‘America’s favorite solar craft brewery’

Friday, May 24: Brewery owner: Noise citation at charity concert sets unhealthy precedent for Wilmington music scene

This week in craft beer Monday, June 17 – Sunday, June 23

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

Can Release Party (Thursday, June 20): Bill’s is canning two of its New England IPAs, Legend of Motranotus and Dog Haze of Summer, with live music from Wilmington musician Joe Starr.

Recent Release (Wednesday, June 12): Peach Mango Wheat. “This is going to be a refreshing summer specialty batch,” co-owner Brookes Musser said.

  • 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

Upcoming Release: “The next beer to leave the bright tanks at Broomtail will be a double raspberry version of our Bam! Series,” owner Barry Owings said. “This 6% ABV beautiful elixir is naturally soured with our house lactobacillus to the perfect level of tartness as analyzed in our lab as well as tasted by our sensory gurus. Then, massive amounts of raspberry finish it off to deliver a beautiful color as well as delicious flavor reminiscent of red grapes, green grapes, and strawberries – but all derived from a single large dose of red raspberries.”

  • 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

And 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

Craft Beer Tuesday (June 18): the .50 CAL. Kolsch, lightly bodied and brewed with Saaz hops for added flavor without excessive bitterness, will be going for $4 a pints on Tuesday.

Check out their most recent beer 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

Check out their most recent beer 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

The collaboration crew that brewed the Boats! Lime IPA. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flying Machine Brewing Co.)
The collaboration crew that brewed the Boats! Lime IPA. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flying Machine Brewing Co.)

Collaboration Release: the Boats! Lime IPA will debut on the Brew Voyage departing downtown Wilmington Saturday, July 13. The beer was brewed with Wilmington Brewing Co., Ancillary Fermentation (Raleigh-Durham), and Wooden Robot Brewery (Charlotte). The boat ride will support the Cape Fear River Watch, where 8 beers from all four breweries will be pouring for guests.

Bottle Releases (Saturday, June 8): Springs of Epsilon (6.5% ABV), a rye farmhouse ale aged in bourbon barrels and fermented with Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces yeast; and Otto’s Gilder (6% ABV), a sweet stout brewed with lactose and flavored with coffee, vanilla, and cream.

  • 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

Flytrap's latest release of the Kölsch is available in the taproom and in crowlers to-go, with an upcoming special release in bottles. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flytrap Brewing)
Flytrap’s latest release of the Kölsch is available in the taproom and in crowlers to-go, with an upcoming special release in bottles. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flytrap Brewing)

New Release: Flytrap’s Kölsch, available in the taproom and to-go in crowlers. Stay tuned for a special bottle release (Facebook link above).

Collaboration Batch (upcoming release): the Family Session IPA, brewed with Wilmington Brewing Co. and made with tangerines. Cans will be available exclusively in both taprooms, stay tuned for the upcoming release date using the Facebook link above.

  • 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

Release (Tuesday, June 18): Bourbon Barrel Baltic Porter (8.3% ABV). “This bourbon barrel-aged black beauty completely redefines the flavors of a lager: dark and smooth after 8 months in an Elijah Craig barrel, with overtones of coffee and caramel, and a big coconut and bourbon hit,” brewery spokesperson Ellie Craig said.

Release (Sunday, June 16): the 2 Legit 2 Wit Belgian Wheat Ale (5.1% ABV), which uses traditional coriander spice and replaces orange peel for Mandarina Bavaria hops. “[A] perfect dry and easy-drinking summer refresher,” Craig said.

  • 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

5-Year Anniversary Party: Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. They’ll be releasing Georgia on My Mind, a cream ale brewed with Georgia peaches and jalepeños.

  • 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

Recent Release: the Skuttlebutt American IPA, brewed at 6.8 percent ABV. “[W]e have crafted a beautiful IPA highlighting Columbus for the bittering, Citra for the flavor, and Amarillo to bring all the flavors together,” head brewer Laren Avery said. 

  • 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

Brews from the Sun: Did Mad Mole beat Charlotte’s Birdsong Brewing Co. for the title of America’s favorite solar craft brewery? Final votes were submitted June 15; winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 18.

Recent Beer Release: Less is Mole, a session IPA brewed at only 3.6 percent ABV. “With a resinous backbone and hints of melon, this beer really packs a flavorful punch,” the brewery said of its new beer on a Facebook post.

  • 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

Seasonal Release: Take a deep breath before you ask the bartender for the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Pale Ale, which is making its return this week.

Recent Releases: Kamanawanaleiya, a mango New England IPA, went on tap two weeks ago followed by the Ula Ula Irish Red Ale on Friday, June 7.

  • 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

Draft Release (Friday, June 14): Soggy Purple, a mixed fermentation Berliner-style with a second fermentation on raspberries.

Can Releases (Friday, June 14): Bend and Snap and Long Needle, both double dry hopped IPAs (see picture at top).

  • Brewers’ Choice: Rusty Cage, Five Thieves, Hillbilly Prophet
  • Founded: 2016
New Anthem's draft-only release of the Soggy Purple Berliner-style beer fermented with raspberries. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy New Anthem Beer Project)
New Anthem’s draft-only release of the Soggy Purple Berliner-style beer fermented with raspberries. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy New Anthem Beer Project)

Red Hare 34 North Experiment Station 4802 Main St in Shallotte

Recent Release: Re-Wired IPA on drafts and in cans to go. “This west coast meets east coast IPA has a ton of tropical, stone fruit flavors and a slight dank aroma,” taproom manager Byron McSweeney said.

  • 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 Releases: Summer Sands American Light Lager and Manila Mango NEIPA.

  • 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 current beer list.

  • 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

Latest Release: Wicked Mojo. “This dank pale ale was brewed with Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo hops, providing a floral aroma,” according to a Facebook post.

  • 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

Wilmington Brewing Company's collaboration beer, Family Session IPA, brewed with Flytrap Brewing. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flytrap Brewing Co.)
Wilmington Brewing Company’s collaboration beer, Family Session IPA, brewed with Flytrap Brewing. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flytrap Brewing Co.)

Collaboration Release (Friday, June 14) : the Family Session IPA, brewed with Flying Machine Brewing Company. Cans of the tangerine session IPA are available at WBC and Flytrap.

Can Release (Friday, June 7): 16oz Curls New England Style IPA (7.3% ABV), double dry hopped with Mosaic and Denali hops; available at the brewery in 4-packs.

  • 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

Brewhouse Expansion: WBB just acquired two new 40-barrel fermentation tanks, the largest to ever be installed in Wilmington, according to owner Jud Watkins. He said 40 barrels is the equivalent of 80 large kegs or more than 1200 gallons of beer production. 

“The driving factor behind bringing in two huge new tanks is the demand for our flagship beers, especially: Kölsch Krush, Signal Fire Session IPA, and Airlie Amber Ale,” head brewer Kevin Zelnio said. “We can hardly keep those three beers in stock which is a great problem to have, but we don’t want to run out of beer and disappoint our fans so it’s time to expand!”

  • 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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