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Tipsy Goat Bottles and Taps opens in Wrightsboro, just north of Wilmington

The Tipsy Goat Bottles and Taps just opened in Wrightsboro, north of Wilmington. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)

WRIGHTSBORO — Residential development in Wrightsboro, just north of Wilmington, has been booming. But until this week, the region was underserved when it came to craft beer.

The Tipsy Goat Bottles and Taps aims to rectify that, offering craft beers on tap, wines by the glass, and a place for locals to relax, enjoy music, and have some good conversation.

Husband and wife owners Anthony and Barbara Heath have been planning a bottle shop in the area for a while, and finally settled on the Cape Fear Shopping center; the location gave them room for a sizeable bar, a cozy lounge area, and even live music down the line (it’s a work in progress, for now).

The Tipsy Goat has 12 beers on tap (and can add two more from a kegerator in a pinch) and many more by the can or bottle.

“We basically went for well-renowned beers,” Anthony Heath said. “Just really good beers, including some good local ones.”

There’s also a selection of wine by the glass or bottle, as well as cider, and the possibility of kombucha (or hard kombucha) in the future, as well.

There are plenty of local and North Carolina beers by the bottle and can. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)

Heath said he’d been a craft-beer fan since before North Carolina’s ‘Pop-the-cap’ movement to lift prohibitive ABV limits on beer sold in the state; removing the low limit opened the door to craft beer, and an explosion of breweries and bottle shops around the Wilmington area.

Heath, a former PPD employee who lives with his family in Rocky Point, has traveled through the Wrightsboro and Castle Hayne area for years, and noticed that despite the thriving industry northwestern New Hanover County didn’t have anything light Lighthouse Beer, Fermental, Hey Beer, or Brewer’s Kettle.

When Heath left PPD for something a little less corporate, he decided the fast-growing area could use its own bottle shop. After a quiet opening, Heath said he’s already had walk-ins from neighbors, happy to have a local place to hang out.

Plenty of room to relax and hang out. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)

Tipsy Goat doesn’t serve food, but Heath said customers are more than welcome to bring their own (or order delivery). Plans for regular visits from food trucks are also in the works.

“Our goal is pretty simple,” Heath said. “Provide great beer — in proper glassware — and be good people.”

Heath said the bottle shop is planning a grand opening on Saturday, November 16. Plans include a food truck, and other treats.

The shop’s hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Tipsy Goat Bottles and Taps can be found at 1930 Castle Hayne Road in the Cape Fear Plaza. For more information, check out the website and Facebook page.

Send comments and tips to Benjamin Schachtman at, @pcdben on Twitter, and (910) 538-2001

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