Photo Courtesy Mad Mole Brewing

Axel- Photo Courtesy Salty Turtle

Dog owners REJOICE! SB 290, signed into NC law by Governor Cooper and effective September 1, officially allows animals in taprooms that are “not engaged in the preparation of food on the premises.” It’s still up to the breweries to decide if they want your furry friends to hang out, but legally speaking, they will be in compliance with health codes if they do.

You may be surprised to hear that dogs were not previously allowed in NC brewery taprooms, and that’s because the law was very loosely enforced.

Boone- Photo Courtesy Flytrap Brewing

Most taprooms in Wilmington already have policy in place to ensure that patrons who bring in their four-legged companions remain safe and happy (and the pups do too). “Pet friendly to friendly pets” is a sign you might see at spots around town, and leashes are always a must. Some dogs (including my own) don’t do so well with other puppers on-leash, which is important to determine before you’ve got a pint in your hand.

Local breweries are thrilled that the new bill has passed.

Flying Machine Brewing Company celebrated the passing of the bill with their Who Let the Dogs In event on the first. It featured live music from Hank Barbee, Poor Piggy’s food truck, and free 10-minute dog washes from K9000 as well as “dog beer” made from bone broth and a cask ale benefitting local nonprofit paws4people.

So leash up Fido and go grab a pint at your favorite Wilmington brewery!