Ironclad Brewery

The Ironclad class of ships were built in Wilmington’s ironically named Beery’s Shipyard during the Civil War. Ironclad’s founder began his career working on next generation capabilities for the Navy. The name Ironclad was selected as a remembrance of both Wilmington’s history and their founder’s career.

Ironclad beers have a long journey to being drunk. It all starts with the brewer’s fermentation of the imagination. They use grain grown in Europe and sources hops from all over the United States and the World. The grains are mixed with hot water to extract the sugar and produce a grain tea known as wort. The wort is moved to the kettle from the mash tun and boiled. Hops and other herbs, fruits and saps are added to this process to bring out the flavors. Once the boil is complete, the beer is moved to the fermentor. The yeast eats the sugar and replaces it with alcohol. Once the fermentation ends, they slowly carbonate over the next few weeks and then are kegged from the tank and poured from the tap into your glass!

Tap Room Hours:

Mon-Wed 12 am-9 pm
Thur 12 am-10 pm
Fri-Sat 12 am-11 pm
​Sun 12 am-9 pm
* Hours could vary due to events held at brewery.

Ironclad Brewery

115 N 2nd Street
Wilmington, NC 28401