Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Leland announces Wrightsville Beach Brewery’s second location planned in Brunswick Forest

Wrightsville Beach Brewery owner Jud Watkins was given a noise violation after throwing a fundraising concert last weekend. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)
Wrightsville Beach Brewery will open its second location this year, this time in Leland, according to a Town of Leland press release. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

LELAND — The Town of Leland has announced plans for the town’s second planned brewery. Wrightsville Beach Brewery will open a new location in Brunswick Forest, according to the town’s press release. It’s the brewery’s second location.

The planned Brunswick Beer & Cider Company will open by the end of the year, according to the town, marking Leland’s second planned brewery, Brunswick County’s third brewery, and both the town and county’s first cidery.

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The new 12,000-square-foot brewery and cidery will also include a restaurant, bar, and event venue. It’s being planned next to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center facility in Brunswick Forest, according to the town. It will employ approximately 100 people, according to the release.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery first opened in Wilmington in 2017. Jud Watkins and Will Cameron, co-owners of Wrightsville Beach Brewery, both plan to bring a local feel to Brunswick Beer & Cider Company.

“We have been fortunate to see early success at Wrightsville Beach Brewery and can’t help but notice all of the growth in northern Brunswick County,” Watkins said in the release. “Having grown up in the area and canoeing on Town Creek together, Will and I are really excited for the opportunity to be working in the area. Our partnership started all the way back when we were just five years old, selling Brunswick County-grown Silverqueen corn on the side of the road. We are focused on making sure Brunswick Beer and Cider is centered around the local culture.”

Last month, the town also announced its first planned brewery, 7twenty6 Brewing Co. Planned on a narrow 5-acre parcel, the microbrewery will be constructed directly across Leland Town Hall on Old Fayetteville Road. Preliminary plans show a second phase of the project will include a distillery and townhouses.


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