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 email@example.com.
Dog Celebration Day (Sunday, Sep. 1): Flying Machine Brewing Co. is teaming up with K9000 Dog Wash USA to “celebrate dogs and their rightful place in our retail society” after passage of House Bill 290, allowing dogs into craft breweries. More details to come on the brewery’s Facebook page (link above).
Craft Beer 101 (Monday, Sep. 9 from 6 to 8 pm): a course at the Cape fear Community College ($75 registration fee) taught by local experts and business owners. The course will cover ingredients, beer styles, and the evolution of the brewing process via lectures, brewery visits, and tastings.
Halfway There Craft Beer Walk (Saturday, Sep. 21 from 12 to 9 pm): marking the halfway point to Cape Fear Craft Beer week in March, 18 local breweries will be setup at different venues downtown Wilmington to each release a new beer for the year (advanced registration is $10). More information can be found on the link above.
This week in craft beer Monday, August 26 – Sunday, September 1
Bill’s Brewing Co. | 4238 Market Street in midtown Wilmington
Recent Release (Aug. 21): JP’s Pilsner, “clean and easy to drink. Perfect for football season tailgating!” co-owner Brookes Musser said of the beer.
- 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
Draft Release (Friday, Aug. 23): Peach Tangerine Bam — Fruited Golden Sour, on special for $5 a pint.
- 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
Upcoming Release (Friday, Sep. 30): the Lemon-ted Addition, a lemon session IPA brewed at 4.9% ABV.
Limited Release (Aug. 22): Hold My Beery, a blackberry saison brewed at 4.9% ABV. Beer description: “A light American wheat beer that has ruthless additions of Centennial and Columbus hops in the whirlpool and dry hopping. The aroma is a bright mix of pine and citrus with a dank resin flavor profile that finishes clean off the palate, now with a light blackberry touch.”
- 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
Tap Release (Friday, Aug. 23): Pineapple Guava LZ1, the next of their sour rotating fruit series.
- 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
Tap Release: Hoppy Tripel was added back on draft last week, with “rumors” that it may be bottled soon.
- 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
- 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
New Release: a small batch of ShooFly Lager is on tap.
- 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
Stay tuned to their Facebook page (link above) for any releases.
- 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
2019 NC Brewers’ Cup: Mad Mole’s Marilyn MonMole took home second place in the Belgian and French Ale category.
- 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. in Ocean Isle Beach
2019 NC Brewers’ Cup: Makai Brewing won first place for their It’s Not A Skirt Scottish Ale in the Scottish and Irish Beer category and won second place for their Island Falls Cream Ale in the Light American Hybrid category.
Recent Release: Kamanawanaleiya Peach, a pale ale dry hopped with Citra and Amarillo hops and conditioned with peaches.
- 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
Can Releases: Little Star, an American Keller lager, and Joliesse Belgian Blonde.
- 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
Stay tuned for any beer releases on their Facebook page (link above).
- 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
Skytown Beer Company | 4712 New Centre Dr. in Wilmington
Upcoming Release: Mole Town Road (6.8% ABV), a West Coast IPA brewed and dry-hopped with Falconer’s Flight and Simcoe hops in collaboration with Mad Mole Brewing.
Recent Release: Morty’s Mindbower, a New England IPA brewed and dry-hopped with Mandarina and Simcoe hops. “Juicy, fruity aroma, with a silky smooth body from oat and wheat additions. Spiritual cousin of Get Schwifty, one of our flagship beers,” head brewer Ben Quinones said.
- Brewing Philosophy: “We want to highlight the homebrewing recipes created by owners Chef Stephen and beer sommelier Hayley on a larger scale all while incorporating and starting new beer trends,” head brewer Ben Quinones said.
- Brewers’ Choice: Cashmere-Dragon (a NEIPA), New Fake Doors (a Citrus Saison), and Pinchelada (a Mexican Lager).
- Founded: November 2017
Waterline Brewing Co. | 721 Surry Street in Downtown Wilmington
2019 NC Brewers’ Cup: Waterline won second place for its Wee Heavy in the Scottish and Irish Beer category.
- 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
Upcoming Releases (later this week): a strawberry basil sour and margarita gose, names to be determined.
- 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
2019 NC Brewers’ Cup: Wilmington Brewing Co.’s Beach Time took home first place for the American Pale Ale Category. The brewery also received fourth place in the overall Best of Show category for its Moon Dance Blond Ale.
- 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
Recent Release: Ole Croaker Belgian Sour, an Oud Bruin, Belgian-style Flanders ale coming in at 8.7% ABV.
- 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