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!” 

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 https://bit.ly/2uRKtIy

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.

It’s Beer Week: Beach Boots at Fermental

It’s Beer Week: Beach Boots at Fermental

Beach Boots: An Evening with the Pink Boots Society

This Friday at Fermental, join the Wilmington Chapter of the Pink Boots Society for an evening of celebrating women in beer!

 I’m a little biased this week, since I’m one of the Chapter Leaders of PBS Wilmington, but I can also guarantee the event is going to be great. We’ve got some beers coming from the Biere de Femme festival, which happened earlier this year at Highland Brewing in Asheville, and was hosted by Pink Boots NC. We’ll also be featuring several beers from local area breweries that are either brewed by women or at breweries owned by women. 

 My personal favorite is Light Urple–a collaboration beer that I had the privilege of brewing with some of the ladies from The Crooked Lotus in Sneads Ferry, and Bill’s Front Porch in Wilmington. It’s a Belgian pale ale brewed with honey, butterfly pea flower, and the proprietary Pink Boots hop blend from this year. It’s dry, hoppy, and a beautiful, rich purple color. 

 Come hang out with me and the other ladies at Fermental from 5-10p this Friday. Trust me–we’re a hell of a good time. 

 If you’d like information about Pink Boots Society, or have questions about joining, please visit pinkbootssociety.org or reach out to me, Joan, at the.enbrewsiast@gmail.com.

Here is a link to the Facebook event  

It’s Beer Week!  Free Shuttle to Local Breweries

It’s Beer Week! Free Shuttle to Local Breweries

What better way to celebrate Cape Fear Craft Beer Week than a *free* shuttle to scoot you around and sip local liquid!? The Port City Brew Bus is doing just that this Saturday, March 23 from 11 am to 5 pm. Two different buses will be running two independent routes, both of which are starting downtown.

Read on to learn about the Hop On/ Hop Off brewery shuttle routes and what I would get if I got to ride the buses that day! ( And don’t forget to tip your driver!)

Route A:

Starting/Ending at Bombers Beverage Company: Bombers is arguably one of my favorite bottles shops in town for definitely two, but possibly more, reasons–the selection is great and the people who hang out there are amazing. (To be fair, the owners are two of my best friends…I got married there, after all.) It would behoove you to just pick Kyle or Sunni’s brain and ask them what you should drink. They’ve never lead me astray.

Edward Teach Brewery: I’m a big fan of a fruit beer, so I would definitely go for Teach’s Peaches, a peach wheat ale. It’s perfect for our imminent spring, and the brewery does a great job of introducing fruit without presenting cloying sweetness.

Broomtail Craft Brewery: Get a Moe Beer. It’s a super delicious brown ale named after a very sweet dog, and they’ve had it on draught since day one.

The Sour Barn: The sister brewery to Broomtail is a fabulous mecca for fans of sours. The blackberry gose came out most recently. I only had a pint, but I could have easily (responsibly) had a pitcher.

Flytrap Brewing: My very, very favorite beer (maybe in the city) is Hoppy Tripel. It’s a dangerous one since it creeps up over 8%, but since you’ll be at the end of your tour and I KNOW you’re not driving home, you’ll be fine.

Route B:

New Anthem: I recommend closing your eyes and pointing at the draught board at New Anthem and ordering whatever you land on. You won’t be sorry. I had a pour of The Feels today and loved it.

Waterline Brewing: This tour is going to be great for hop heads. The Waterline Black IPA is awesome. It’s roasty, hoppy, and clean, and I highly recommend drinking it. I think it’s fabulous.

Wilmington Brewing: One of my favorite things to do is drink a Tropical Lightning from the source, but if you’re nervous about it being too boozy, try a Beach Time Session IPA.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery: At the end of a long day (whether or not it includes a long day of drinking) the first and last things I want are the same–a good, crisp lager. The Lame Street Lager from WBB is perfect.