Fermental: NC’s Best Beer Bar

Let us all raise a glass to Ogden bottle shop Fermental, as they have been named Best Beer Bar in North Carolina by the Brewers Association! Every year, CraftBeer.com (the Brewing Association’s consumer-facing website) invites their readership to nominate their favorite beer bars. According to the popular website, they’re looking for, “An impressive craft beer menu, a stellar atmosphere, and servers who know their stuff.” Anyone who’s been to Fermental knows that they have just that.

Fermental will be celebrating their seventh anniversary this Saturday, March 7th from 2-10p. As usual, they’re boasting “Rare beer. Fine wine. Good times.” with a side of food trucks, live music, giveaways, and another delicious King of Nothing collaboration with New Anthem Beer Project. Food trucks include For the Shell of It at 2p and 2 Bros Coastal Cuisine 6p. Musical acts throughout the day are James VanDeuson at 2pm, Andrew Kasab at 4pm, The Smoky Dunes at 6pm, and Boba Funk at 8pm.

Friends of the bottle shop who have been to an anniversary party before may be familiar with the fuzzy pink pig who has been known to make an appearance, and they can look forward to posing with that pig for a picture once again! #doitforthegram

So round up some friends and hop in an uber to go celebrate North Carolina’s Best Beer Bar as they celebrate their customers, friends, and supporters for their Year Seven party!

Weekly Mixed Six March 1st

Front Street Brewery

If You’ve Got It Braggot: 7.1% From Head Brewer Christopher, “This light, refreshing hybrid of beer and mead is brewed with 50% Magnolia House organic wildflower honey from the Amazon rainforest. It tastes crisp, dry, and remarkably easy to drink, with fragrant notes of exotic flowers.”

Panacea Brewing Company

Peach Ginger Molasses: 8.4% From the brewery, “A slightly sweet but tart brew, with brightness from ginger especially on the nose, and molasses on the finish.”

Salty Turtle Beer Company

Yacht Club: 6.7% From the brewery, “This DANK brew is a collaboration with Yacht Club Beverage House in Youngsville, NC. Sticky mango and bright tangerine are front and center, and tropical hops bring up the rear with West Coast bitterness on the finish.”

Waterline Brewing Company

It Can Be Done, Amigo: 6.1% From Head Brewer Dani, “A classic Mexican lager brewed with the fruit of coffee cherries–fruity, earthy and packed full of antioxidants (but not caffeine!) to lend a delicate, floral sweetness to a crisp and refreshing lager.”

Broomtail Craft Brewery

A Complex Stout: 8.6% From the brewery, “A chocolate, maple, & coffee imperial stout! Our collaboration with The Complex Bean coffee shop.”

Bill’s Brewing Company

Bionic Beaver: 6.8% From the brewery, “Juicy and hazy with a wonderful blend of some new experimental hops and a couple of our favorite juice-bomb hops.”

Weekly Mixed Six February 23rd

Edward Teach Brewery

Let’s Neck: 7.2% From the brewery, “This witbier with blueberries & black berries offers pleasant & delicate malt aromatics are balanced with fragrant spice characteristics. Subtle earthy notes in the flavor profile with Coriander & Grains of Paradise to complement a crisp finish.”

Skytown Beer Company

Pineapple Whip: 8.5% From the brewery, “Huge notes of pineapple, citrus and tropical fruits this milkshake IPA was dry-hopped with all Citra hops and then conditioned on vanilla beans. This is Dreamsicle’s stronger and more aromatic brother.”

Flytrap Brewing

Hoppy Pale Ale: 6.3% A pale ale featuring Sabro hops with notes of tropical fruit, stone fruit, cedar, and mint.

Flying Machine Brewing Company

Uncle Herschel’s: 9% A collaboration with Hopfly Brewing Company! A tasty triple IPA available both on draught and in 16oz cans.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Mango Berliner Weisse: 3.4% A light, tart and fruit brew with a crisp finish.

New Anthem Beer Project

Nothing But Blue Sky: 6.8% A Pils-based IPA that’s hazy with a touch of lactose. Malted wheat and tamales oats are accompanied by Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, and cashmere. Notes of melon, pine, and tropical fruit run throughout.

Booch for the Masses

Wilmington’s favorite kombucha brewery (boocherie?) has now expanded into a full restaurant! Situated at 4107 Oleander Drive, Panacea Brewing Company is now offering a menu filled exclusively with all of the vegan treats one’s heart desires. I haven’t been yet, but I’ve gazed lovingly upon their menu for tens of minutes and my first thought is that I’ll start with the black bean & lime soup and move on to the street tacos. But then my mood shifts and I think instead I’ll do the house-blended burger with a side of fries and beet ketchup. The Santa Fe salad also appeals to me. No matter what I know that I’ll leave fed—both body and soul—and that my body will be grateful that I’ve taken a break from my normal dumpster diet.

Panacea is also serving up their usual menu of delicious, nurturing kombuchas (I like to take home the one that helps calm my mind during sleep so that I have good dreams), their boozy booch, and now a lineup of cocktails. I saw an instagram post about the “Love Potion” which includes Cape Fear Maritime gin, lime juice, elderflower liqueur, and rosé prosecco. Yes please!

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 9pm, but the taproom is open everyday during those hours. Their menu is listed online, but specials and creative concoctions can be found on their Instagram and Facebook.

Weekly Mixed Six February 16th

Waterman’s Brewing Company

Moon Fire: 7.2% From Head Brewer Alexis, “A sweet, chocolatey stout with a spicy surprise. This “Mexican Hot Chocolate” style stout sat on cocoa nibs, cinnamon sticks, and a dash of cayenne pepper. The combination of flavors provides a full mouthfeel and a warm, lingering spice on the finish.”

Front Street Brewery

Sinful Stout: 6.1% From Head Brewer Christopher, “The mocha latte of beers. This luxurious indulgence is brewed with chocolate coffee beans and golden naked oats for a silky, sensual experience, while roasted black malt imparts a bittersweet, dark chocolate intrigue. Each sip will leave you craving more. ”

Mad Mole Brewing

Ledermolesen: 4.8% From the brewery, “This Bavarian style Pilsner is light, crisp and clean with a welcomed bitterness to round out the bready finish.”

Wilmington Brewing Company

Lemur Party: 8.2% A milkshake double IPA dry hopped with Citra, Amarillo, Cashmere, and Idaho 7 hops, and brewed with mangoes and lactose. Available in 4 packs of 16 ounce cans.

Broomtail Craft Brewery

Kleptocracy: 7% From the brewery, “A Barrel Aged Saison aged for 3 years in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels and finished with cranberry, plum, and guava. Available in 500ml bottles.”

Panacea Brewing Company

Raspberry Honeybush Saison: 6.8% From the brewery, “Alcoholic kombucha brewed with saison yeast. Tart, crisp, very dry, slightly sour, nice balance of raspberry.”