Brewery, Bottle Shop, and Bar Updates

During this extremely trying and uncertain time of global pandemic, it is important for people to find means of comfort. Exercise, Netflix, and cleaning & organizing are all forms of self-care. And while the unfamiliar becomes the norm, finding the familiar can seem daunting. 

 We here at the Wilmington Ale Trail want to make sure that Wilmington area locals know what resources are available to them, specifically in the way of food and beverage. We’ve compiled a list that will be updated daily if not more. 

 And while we encourage everyone to patron these establishments safely and in good health, we would also like to remind everyone that bars and restaurants must remain in compliance with the ordinance issued by Governor Cooper. Putting pressure on bartenders to serve beverages on-premise only puts them in an awkward position to say “no.” 

 We can’t wait to raise a glass with everyone once this is all over. In the meantime, we offer a socially distant “cheers.” 

Last Updated 3/25/2020 1pm

Bill’s Brewing Company

10am-5pm

Captn Bill’s is going to be open for take out food, and Bill’s Brewing cans will also be available.

Bombers Beverage Co

Tuesday-Saturday 4-8p

Curbside pick up and delivery will be available, you can call the shop phone or call/text Kyle directly at 910-381-8244. In store pick up will still be allowed but only 4 people at a time.

Broomtail Craft Brewery

CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY Wed-Fri 3-7p, Sat-Sun 12-7p

Also, by law, NO ONE is allowed to enter the Broomtail Taproom for in-store beer purchases anymore. ALL beer orders must be placed over the phone or through FB message and brought to you outside in your car. Call or text Jarrod 😍 at 336-404-6037 to place an order. Jarrod will get your order prepared and you can give your card info over the phone (or let him know you are paying in cash). He will then bring your order out to you with a warm and friendly smile (and fresh gloves)! You must show ID when picking up your order. We will be posting daily what beers we have available and pricing for each. Please remember to tip Jarrod, and any server/delivery driver for their service during these shutdowns.

Cape Fear Wine & Beer

Packaged beer and wine to-go as well as growler fills are available. Full list is on Untappd.

Fermental

Fermental is OPEN 10am-10pm. Offering same day FREE delivery to our local area with a $40 minimum order. 12pm-8pm. Please see attached map. Curbside or in-store pick up is an easy option as well. 910-821-0362. Call ahead or from the parking lot. Growler fills are available along with our large selection of wine, beer, cider, mead, sake, kegs, home draft supplies, and more. You can view a portion of the available beer and growler options online: https://fermental.net/tap-list/

The Sour Barn

CLOSED MON-WED Thurs-Fri 3-7p, Sat-Sun 12-7p

Starting Thursday, if you would like to purchase our delicious Broomtail Craft Brewery beer you can call the Sour Barn at 1-844-768-7276 and place your order with your beertender. Just tell us what you want & how you want to pay, we will be selling Crowlers, 6-packs & bottled Barrel aged sours, and bring them right out to your car! We will be posting our current menu on Facebook & Instagram starting tomorrow as well as an up to date menu on the outside of the tap room and of course our draft menu on Untappd!

 

Flying Machine Brewing

Closed

Flytrap Brewing

Wednesday-Sunday 2-8pm

Call-in only with curbside service! 910-769-2881 Full menu with crowler pricing available at flytrapbrewin.com/togo

Front Street Brewery

Closed

Edward Teach Brewery

Closed

Ironclad Brewery

Closed

Leaf & Barrel Provision Co

2-7:30p

Leaf and Barrel is open to sell package beer, wine, cigars, and growlers. We are happy to do curbside, or delivery. Delivery is free for $50 or more, $5 for less.

We will be open 1:30 ish – 8 ish, Monday – Sunday.

Phone number is 910-821-1810

Mad Mole Brewing

CLOSED UNTIL FRIDAY APRIL 3

Details to be released on Facebook

Makai Brewing (Ocean Isle)

Currently closed due to mechanical issues

New Anthem Beer Project

“Dock St taproom is closed, but Greenfield is open every day of the week from noon until 8pm for carry out can sales.NAPB is disinfecting constantly so folks can feel safe popping in to grab some take-out cans. Kegs are now available. No draft or growler fills at this time.

We’re also doing home delivery of cans to New Hanover county residents. There is a $40 order minimum. Orders are taken from noon to 5pm and deliver the same day. Orders arriving after 5 are delivered the following day.

Orders can be placed using the form found here: https://newanthembeer.com/local-beer-delivery-request/

Palate

closed

Panacea Brewing Co

Open Wednesday & Thursday

Details to be posted on Facebook

 

Pour Taproom

$10 Crowlers for pick up or curbside. Or order online or call to place an order for beer or food. 910-769-1980. 20% Off everything.

Rebellion

12-7p

Limited menu. Take out curbside and a small walking delivery radius. Plus beer and wine to-go. Menu available on Facebook. Now offering $7 wings everyday! 910-399-1162

Red Hare ( Shalotte)

Monday-Wednesday CLOSED Thursday-Sunday noon-5p

Please call or text 910-228-0817 with your order. We will bring it to your vehicle.

Salty Turtle Beer Company

Growlers, crowlers, cans, and merchandise are all available to-go. Due to health and safety concerns, customer growlers will not be filled. A delivery option is also available through takeoutpros.com. Now selling 1/6 kegs! $90 for Non-IPAs, $100 for IPAs. (Plus $75 keg refundable keg deposit). $5 off growler fills today.

Session Beer Market

1-8p

All package product is available to-go, and draft is available in growlers and crowles. Call (910) 399-4576.

Skytown Beer Company

Closed

Stalk & Vine

Limited menu, plus wine and beer are available to-go.

 

Wilmington Brewing Company

Closed

Tipsy Goat

All package is available to-go and for curbside pickup. Draft is available in crowlers. Check Untappd for current list.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

12-8p

Full food menu, plus growlers and cans are available for to-go and curbside pickup. Delivery is also available, but with a limited menu and within a 2 mile radius of the brewery. WBB is also offering to have customers grocery shop their kitchen for curbside pickup or delivery. Check their Facebook for the full list and call 910.256.4938 to place your order.

Waterman’s Brewing

11:30a-7p

Waterman’s Brewing will be offering To-Go orders on their full menu (while supplies last) as well as their beer (growlers & kegs!) for curbside pick-up from 11am to 7pm! Give them a call at the pub (910) 839-3103! Delivery now available through DoorDash.

Waterline Brewing

Tuesday-Thursday: 2-7p Friday: 2-8 Saturday-Sunday: 12-8

Curbside crowler, cider, wine, and hard seltzer sales! Poor Piggy’s BBQ will be available for to-go food only (no consumption in the beer garden) on Friday from 3-8p. More food truck information coming soon.

Weekly Mixed Six January 23rd

Waterline Brewing

Lemon Ginger Gose: 4.7% From Brewer Dani, “Tart and savory, lemon ginger was the winner of the first gose-off in 2018. Organic lemons compliment a classic gose base, with a touch of ginger juice to round it out.”

Mad Mole Brewing

Pure Molevolence: 11% From the brewery, “This  is our classic Belgian Dark Strong “Molevolence” without the blackberries. With a dangerously smooth finish and 11% ABV this beer is sure to kill. Come try it for yourself!”

Salty Turtle Beer Company

Still Night: 5.4%  Warm caramel with hints of stone fruit are scattered throughout the aroma of this malty brew. Cracked white pepper and subtle notes of banana coat the palate and are balanced by a prickly, dry finish. 

Wilmington Brewing Company

New School Hip Hops: 6.8% From the brewery, “New England Style IPA brewed with Citra, El Dorado, Sabro & Galaxy hops, 6.8% of hipness. Pick up a 4-pack!”

Bill’s Brewing Company

Profusion 3.0: 5.7% From the brewery, “NEIPA with Galaxy, Lemondrop, and Citra is sure to be a juice bomb for your facehole.”

Flying Machine Brewing Company

Vanishing Point: 7.3% From the brewery, “A ‘Vanishing Point’ allows us to create drawings, paintings, and photographs with added depth that exhibit a three-dimensional quality. This beer is our painting and the ‘vanishing point’ our inspiration. We created an oatmeal stout with layers of complexity, centered around a simple premise: drinkability. On the first sip, this beer is teeming with notes of milk chocolate, dark fruit and creamy coffee. Yet, as you dive deeper into the glass, you’ll begin to experience notes of toffee, caramel and dark chocolate. Just as a vanishing point adds depth to a painting, this beer will create a canvas of flavor on your tongue. Currently on NITRO.”

Behind Bars: Eddy Johnson

If you’ve been to Flytrap in the last five years you’ve definitely had the pleasure of meeting Eddy; he celebrated his fifth anniversary shortly after the brewery did! And if you haven’t stopped by, you definitely should–both for the delicious Belgian-inspired brews, and the ultra-friendly bartenders.

Check out what Eddy has to say about being behind the stick.

Ale Trail (AT): What’s your favorite thing about bartending?

Eddy Johnson (EJ): My favorite thing about bartending, specifically at Flytrap, is being able to bring people together. We have a wide range of folks who come in and to be the bridge that brings them together over a pint is truly something I enjoy.

AT: Do you have any advice for current or future craft beer bartenders?

EJ: 1. Be knowledgeable of your brewery’s/bar’s beer and of other beers so you can recommend similar beer.

2. Keep the air conditioner on high, you never want them to see you sweat.

3. Always have a good dad joke in your back pocket. If they roll thier eyes you nailed it.

4. Most importantly, have fun. Create an environment where they want to stay and come back.

AT: If you were a beer, which one would you be?

EJ: I’m not sure I would want to be a beer, then I won’t be able to drink one. If I have to pick, something dry and with a bite.

Port City Laughter & Libations

While the Port City is becoming more and more well known for its breweries, did you know that its comedy scene is just as dynamic!? And since beer and laughter go hand-in-hand (or pint-in-hand), naturally the two have married up in Wilmington.

If you subscribe to our email newsletter, then you’re already aware of the opportunities to go check out comedy at Wilmington Breweries. And if you don’t subscribe you should, and take a peek at the Wilmington brewery and bottle shop comedy round up we made for you.

Bombers Beverage Company
108 Grace Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Every Friday Bombers hosts an open mic at 9p so that local comedians can flex their funnies and customers can get their giggle on. It’s called Bombs Away! and hosted by The Regretful Villains. If you stop by Bombers between 6 and 8p on Fridays, you can get in on the weekly wine tasting to further lubricate your laughs.

Waterline Brewing Company
721 Surry Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

You can join the folks at the Brewery Under the Bridge one Wednesday a month for Gruff Goat Comedy. It’s a free show featuring three comedians under the bridge (no trolls, please). Customers can sip a delicious, local brew, enjoy a food truck, and laugh the night away. It’s a great mid-week pick-me-up.

Check 6 Brewery
5130 Southport-Supply Road, Southport, NC 28461

The North American Comedy Brewery Tour regularly stops at Check 6 Brewery in Southport and you should, too. There’s a $20 entry fee (so make sure to pick up tickets before, in case it sells out), but the laughter to follow is priceless.

Port City Brew Bus
www.portcitybrewbus.com

Comedy not enough to entice you? What if we add wheels? Jump on the Port City Brew Bus with three local comedians and cruise to Wilmington Breweries where you can sip local suds. The comedians will do their best to lift your spirits (and if they don’t do it, the Wilmington beer sure will). You can expect some fun & games on the bus and then quick 10-15 minute sets once you land at the breweries.

Skytown Beer Company
4712 New Centre Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405]

Slack’s Stand Up show will be returning to Skytown Beer Company on Saturday, July 13th at 8pm. The last one was standing room early, so make sure to get there early. Skytown’s beer is the real star of the show, but their food is also not to be missed. Never had deep fried gravy balls? Well you’re not getting any younger, so now’s the time.

Meet the Brewers : Christopher McGarvey

Meet the Brewers is an ongoing series to highlight the individuals who make the beer at our Wilmington breweries. Check back every week to see the latest interview. All photographs provided by Brian Lantz Photography.  Check out his instagram at  @brianlantzphotography

Christopher McGarvey is the Brewmaster at Front Street Brewery whose journey with beer started homebrewing soda in college and has led him Front Street Brewery Brewmaster.

Where are you from?

East Peoria, IL

 What first got you into brewing?

My college roommate and I decided we wanted to try making our own ginger beer soda because we were adventurous cooks.  We bottled it in re-used IBC root beer bottles with corks, which proceeded to fire off spontaneously in the night with a loud bang as the bottles carbonated.  I drank one of the open bottles I found the next day and got food poisoning for three days.  So I guess that complete failure incited my stubborn perfectionist spirit, and I set out determined to get it right, but with beer, where no pathogenic microbes can live.

How long have you been brewing?

I started homebrewing in 2005 and quickly devoured every book on the subject.  I used to sneak onto the Northern Brewer discussion forum during a summer internship in the engineering department at Nelson Sprinkler Company for hours at a time, and a lot of my early ideas came from exchanges there.  I became an assistant brewer at FSB in 2011, and brewmaster in summer 2016.

What was the first beer you made?

The first recipe I concocted myself was a clone recipe of Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.  The first beer I made as a professional brewer was Tomb Rocker, my special honey and heather Scotch ale that I’ve brewed every year since 2007 for Easter in the Orthodox Church.

 What is your favorite beer to make?

I consider Tomb Rocker to be my magnum opus.  There is no other beer like it in the world.  If I were a monk, this would by my Trappist ale.  It drinks almost more like a fine port than a beer, with layers and layers of complexity and a grapey, vinous tang, plus the cool, slightly minty flavor of Scottish heather flowers.  It has won over a lot of people who thought that they would never like a beer at all, and they try it and find that they love it.  And now that we are brewing it at Front Street Brewery every spring, we have my priest and my choir come in and sing and pray, and

we bless the beer with holy water for the joyful time of the church year.  All that said, it’s a real pain to make, a really long, tedious brew day.  So probably my favorite to actually brew is our English bitter, which smells wonderful in the mash.

 What made you want to start brewing on a larger scale?

Not to sound too cheesy, but something like divine providence.  I had no plans or ambitions to be a professional brewer, but when I graduated from seminary in 2010, my classmate Fr Peter Robichau convinced me to move here and be choir director for St. Basil Orthodox Church.  I went to Front Street Brewery because I like good beer and it was the only show in town, and I ended up becoming friends, then roommates with the brewmaster, Kevin Kozak.  I needed a job really bad and he got me one working at the host stand, where I was almost a decade older than everyone else.  Eventually, I won the FSB homebrew competition and became the natural replacement as Kevin’s assistant brewer when the former one moved out to Hollywood.  So I’m an accidental pro brewer, and I consider myself very blessed and very lucky to be able to do it for a living.

Is there anything you do differently in your brewing process that other places do not do?

Well, I’m pretty sure we’re the only brewery in town using holy water.  Besides that, I hope people will recognize the finesse and nuance that we’re crafting into every pint we produce.  It takes incredible patience and persistence to fine-tune the beers the way we have.  We do an in-depth sensory analysis of every single batch of beer we brew, as well as blind tastings of our beers against the best examples in the style.  And we tweak our recipe a little each time until we get it perfect.  We’re about a year and a half into a revision of all our recipes, and many of them are on the 14th or 15th version.  It’s really starting to pay off.  But we won’t be done until they’re our perfect favorites in a blind tasting, and when that happens, we’ll do a big public reveal of Front Street Brewery 2.0!

What is one thing you want your consumer to take away after trying your beer?

A growler.  Haha.  Our philosophy here is completely dedicated to harmony, balance, and drinkability, whether that’s in a pilsner, an IPA, or a crazy experimental beer.  If we’re doing our job right, you’re going to find yourself with an empty glass before you know it, and you’re going to want another.  To me the sign of a truly great beer isn’t how much it bowls you over on the first sip, but how surprised you are to find yourself at the bottom of the glass.  Where did it go?  I need more.  That’s a great beer.