Behind Bars: Scott Roszel

Behind Bars: Scott Roszel

Joining us this week Behind Bars is Scott Roszel from Wilmington Brewing Company.  Wilmington Brewing Company opened in 2014 and was early in the wave of new breweries.

AT: What’s your favorite thing about bartending?

SR: Definitely the friendships. Hearing about everyone’s day from student to retiree. Making connections and encouraging each other towards happiness. It’s crazy how drinking good beer can put someone in such a good mood.

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

SR: Customers tend to ask the same questions (which they rightfully should). My suggestion is to always be honest but rephrase your answer and not follow a script, just be yourself as well as challenge yourself to do the same act differently throughout the day. 

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

SR: I’m proud to say that I would have to be a unique beer. Not an everyday crushable, nor a smooth stout. I would have to sum myself as a Belgian spiced pale ale, at first you’re like “oh beer” but then it’s like “WTF!” 

Weekly Mixed Six April 15th 2019

Weekly Mixed Six April 15th 2019

A weekly roundup of local and craft beer that can be found around the area on tap, in bottles, or in cans. These are not beer reviews and should be used for entertainment purposes only.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Swamp Thang: 8.9% 75 IBUs In honor of our swampy local film industry, WBB presents to you the dankest DIPA of them all!

New Anthem Beer Project

Perpetual Outrage: 7% This is a West Coast-ish IPA made with hops from Crosby Hops, including simcoe, amarillo, centennial, & CTZ.

Flying Machine Brewing Company

Particle Wave: 5.1% Particle Wave is a blonde ale brewed with loral, mosaic, and palisade cryo hops. It’s a play on the lupulin powder in the cryo hops. An aromatic beer, it presents incredibly refreshing and super crushable.

Mad Mole Brewing

Strawberry Spruce IPA: 7.7% This IPA is a bit experimental using nature-found ingredients. A West Coast IPA with piney aromas influenced by spruce needles and hops that complement. Strawberry’s were also added to balance out the spruce bitterness.

Skytown Beer Company

Biere de Garden: 5.4% A French style farmhouse ale with caramelized honey and 8 different spices, including rosemary, thyme, sage, lavender, basil, oregano, bay leaves, fresh mint, tarragon, and lemongrass.

Waterman’s Brewing

Moonlit Descent: 8.5% A complex imperial rye stout with notes of roasty rye and rich caramel malts.

It’s NC Beer Month

It’s NC Beer Month

April is North Carolina Beer Month! You can join the fun by visiting any of our local breweries and raising a glass to fresh Wilmington beer, but there are also plenty of events happening all around the Port City.

Here are a few that we’re excited about:

What: Summer Sands “Summer” Themed Launch Party

When: 4/13/2019

Where: Salty Turtle Beer Company, 103 Triton Lane, Surf City, NC 28445

Throw on a Hawaiian shirt or a sundress and get ready to party for the Summer Sands American Light Lager seasonal release.

What: Good Vibes Bash

When: 4/20/2019

Where: Waterman’s Brewing, 1610 Pavilion Place, Wilmington, NC 28403

This rain or shine event includes live music from New Kingston, Zion Rootz, Dubtown Cosmonauts, Sean Gregory from Signal Fire, & Eric Miller from L Shape Lot. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of. Available at

What: Beer Church with New Anthem

When: 4/28/2019

Where: Cape Fear Wine & Beer, 139 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Join Cape Fear Wine & Beer as they host New Anthem Beer Project for Beer Church! There will be collaboration glassware and a killer beer list. Never been to Beer Church? Here’s the deal: Masses are a 1p and 8p. There’s glassware for the featured brewery, and if you order the beer from the said brewery, you get to keep the glass. Glassware is first-come, first-serve.

What: Bloom Boom

When: 4/28/2019

Where: Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Celebrate Earth Day and NC Beer Month at Flytrap’s Bloom Boom! New Beer Releases, A Mindful Market by Artisan Locale with Voxi Card and Beauty Crew Mobile, CheeseSmith Food Truck, and live music by Paleo Sun will all be happening April 28th from 2-6pm.  A portion of the proceeds will go to local non-profit, Skywatch Bird Rescue, who will be attending with some special winged guests.

Weekly Mixed Six April 8th 2019

Weekly Mixed Six April 8th 2019

A weekly roundup of local and craft beer that can be found around the area on tap, in bottles, or in cans. These are not beer reviews and should be used for entertainment purposes only.

Salty Turtle Beer Project

Manila Mango: 5.6% This NEIPA includes fresh, ripe mango, vanilla, and lactose for a full-bodied, smooth drinking experience.

Check Six Brewing Company

Flying Circus: 4.6% This hazy light golden hefeweizen is a summertime favorite. Check 6’s version highlights the coconut and banana flavors inherent in this style. The carbonation of this style makes it perfect for spring and summer.

Wilmington Brewing Company

Jorts Party: 7.4% This hop gusher was dry-hopped with over seven pounds of mosaic per barrel and then recirculated in the fermenter to extract every bit of juicy hop goodness. Only available at the brewery in 4pk 16oz cans.

Bill’s Brewing Company

Sick Flips: 7.3% A NE IPA loaded with cashmere, amarillo, el dorado & hallertau blanc, and named for a very sweet friend of the beer community who passed away, Dean Harrison Goodyear.

Flytrap Brewing

Rhubarb Dubbel: 6.8% This take on a traditional Belgian style was aged on 60 pounds of whole rhubarb, which adds a pleasant tartness that balances well with the malt-forward dubbel.

Front Street Brewery

Blue Agave: 6.8% This warm-weather thirst quencher will take you straight to the beach for pure relaxation. FSB composed the recipe using pure blue agave as one-half of the ingredients, creating a super-crisp and refreshing golden ale with echoes of tequila: some bright hints of white pepper and citrus.

Behind Bars: Hannah Soper

Behind Bars: Hannah Soper

Thanks to Hannah Soper from Wrightsville Beach Brewery for joining us Behind Bars this week! You can find her at the brewpub near the beach slingin’ tasty suds and amazing, creative snacks.

AT: What’s your favorite thing about bartending?

HS: I really love the camaraderie, community, and team that has been created at Wrightsville Beach Brewery. The level of expectations and standards that has been upheld has made working here a blast. It’s a great family!

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

HS: Spend the extra two minutes getting to know your guest’s taste. Your knowledge of your product can help a craft beer enthusiast or a beginner find the right beer that enhances the entire experience. There are a lot of people taking a first dive into the craft beer world & it helps them understand that there is something for them in the big sea of beers! Also, your brewer is your best resource!

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

HS: A brut IPA, because while bubbly & unassuming, it can hold its own & its memorable.