Wilmington’s local music scene is just as prolific as the Wilmington craft beer scene, so we thought it would be fun to pick the brains of some of the city’s musicians to see what they’re sippin’ when they’re not singin’. Follow along as we feature this series of local tunes & brews.

Callan Trippe, Front Woman for Dirty White Rags

“There are so many good Wilmington beers but my solid standby has always been Waterline Brewing’s Coffee and Cream Ale. Nutty, sweet but not too sweet, and obviously COFFEE, it tastes just like I like my lattes in winter. A very close second is New Anthem New Jack, a hazy,  juice bomb that goes down way too easily. “

Photo Courtesy Callan Trippe

Mike Blair, Singer/Songwriter for Mike Blair & The Stonewalls

“I’m a sucker for dark, coffee-flavored beers and this double espresso porter is right up my alley.New Anthem’s The Illest is dynamite.”

Photo By Will Cooper

Cullen Seward, member of Signal Fire

“There are so many excellent beers in Wilmington, it’s hard to pick just one.  We really love the Session IPA Wrightsville Beach created for us.  At 5% it’s an easy drinker that finishes clean, but the genius brewer’s at Wrightsville Beach Brewery were able to maintain a delicious hoppy flavor.  Originally, we asked them to make a Habanero IPA, but thankfully they talked us down (Although, the brewery will do occasional special releases in both habanero and ghost pepper!). We’ve been fortunate that many of the venues we play throughout North Carolina now carry Signal Fire Session IPA so keep a lookout for it locally, and around our beautiful state!”


Photo Courtesy Signal Fire