Monday, August 15, 2022

Cape Fear Beer Tracker: This week in craft beer Aug 12 – 18

Our craft beer tracker is a place to keep up with scheduled beer releases, events, and news for the Cape Fear region's breweries in the week ahead.

Beer Picture of the Week: Flying Machine re-released its Raspberry LZ1 sour ale in cans and on draft. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flying Machine Brewing Co.)
Beer Picture of the Week: Flying Machine re-released its Raspberry LZ1 sour ale in cans and on draft. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flying Machine Brewing Co.)

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, August 12 – Sunday, August 18

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

Can Release (Thursday, Aug. 22): This is What Space Smells Like, a New England IPA brewed at 6.7% ABV; and Wave Break American IPA, their flagship IPA with notes of pine, mango, citrus, and tropical fruits.

  • 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
Bill's Brewing will release two IPAs in cans -- This is What Space Smells Like and Wave Break. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Bill's Brewing Co.)
Bill’s Brewing will release two IPAs — This is What Space Smells Like and Wave Break — in cans this week. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Bill’s Brewing Co.)

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

On-Tap Release (Friday, Aug. 9): Consigliere GL, a West Coast IPA designed and brewed in collaboration with their own lawyer and “consigliere,” Geoff Losee. On tap at Broomtail and Sour Barn until the batch kicks.

  • 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).

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

Limited Release (Thursday, Aug. 15): Aprikose, a German lager with a “soft, bready malt character that allows the pleasant, fruity, tart apricot to shine,” taproom manager Amy Walker said of the upcoming release. The German ‘aprikose’ translates to ‘apricot’ in English.

  • Brewing Philosophy: We focus on balance within each beer style we make & enjoy brewing everything from Lagers to IPAs.
  • Founded: December 2017

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

Release (Friday, Aug. 9): Raspberry LZ1 Berliner, a Berliner Weisse sour ale brewed with raspberries at 4.7% ABV, available on tap in cans.

Flying Machine re-realeased its Raspberry LZ1 sour ale in cans and on draft. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flying Machine Brewing Co.)
Flying Machine re-realeased its Raspberry LZ1 sour ale in cans and on draft. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Flying Machine Brewing Co.)
  • 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

Upcoming Releases: a cucumber Berliner and cherry Gose (stay tuned on their Facebook page, 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

Recent Release: Napolean Rye-namite, a sweet dark rye beer with molasses and coriander. “Smooth, gently sweet, and malty, with notes of raisin, cocoa, molasses, and spice,” as the menu describes it.

  • 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

Draft Release (Friday, Aug. 16): Bilyberry Wheat, made with fresh, local blueberries.

  • 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

Latest Release (Thursday, Aug. 8): Strawberry Blonde, brewed at a drinkable 4% ABV and brewed with — you guessed it — strawberries and complimented with Damiana, an herbal remedy native to Mexico.

  • 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

Re-Release (Friday, Aug. 9): Boston Mole Party, a juicy IPA brewed with pounds of Mosaic, El Dorado, and Citra hops.

  • 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

Release (Monday, Aug. 12 ): It’s Not A Skirt Scottish Ale, released alongside a kilted bagpipe performance by Kevin Mulholland on Monday (Aug. 12) at 6 p.m.

Upcoming Release: Wailele (pronounced wah-ee-lay-lay), a single malt and single hop pale ale brewed with Vienna malt and Cascade hops.

  • 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

Read about their new 30-barrel brewhouse and 3,000 square-foot taproom in the thriving South Front District here

  • Brewers’ Choice: Rusty Cage, Five Thieves, Hillbilly Prophet
  • Founded: 2016

Red Hare 34 North Experiment Station 4802 Main St in Shallotte

Can Release: A limited amount of cans of Hasenpfeffer Oktoberfest lager (5.5% ABV).

  • 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

Check their Facebook page (link above) for any new releases.

  • 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

Recent Re-Release (Aug. 4): Russian Imperial Stout, brewed at a strong 9% ABV.

  • 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

The U-352 Hefeweizen at Watermans Brewing. (Port City Daily photo/Watermans Brewing)
The U-352 Hefeweizen at Watermans Brewing. (Port City Daily photo/Watermans Brewing)

New Beer Release (Sunday, Aug. 11): U-352 Hefeweizen, a more drinkable version of the German Wheat style. A smooth body from the heavy use of wheat, flavors of banana and clove esters, and a clean finish.

Upcoming Releases: SSS–Triple Berry (sour), Beach Bunny (IPA), and Shore Break Session (session IPA).

  • 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, Aug. 9): A fresh batch of Tropical Lightning 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

New Release (Aug. 1): Pina Colada Berliner Weisse, infused with pureed pineapple and toasted coconut.

Lagerfest 2019 (Aug. 24): in celebration of North Carolina lager beers (see their Facebook page, link above, for more information).

  • 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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