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


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 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:

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


Flytrap Brewing

Wednesday-Sunday 2-8pm

Call-in only with curbside service! 910-769-2881 Full menu with crowler pricing available at

Front Street Brewery


Edward Teach Brewery


Ironclad Brewery


Leaf & Barrel Provision Co


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


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:



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.



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 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


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

Skytown Beer Company


Stalk & Vine

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


Wilmington Brewing Company


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


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


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.

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, (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 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.”

Passport Picks: Fermental

The Wilmington Ale Trail Passport is an opportunity for visitors and locals to receive vouchers at participating local breweries, bottle shops, and craft beer-focused bars and restaurants. Our weekly Passport Picks blog post will focus on the “best bang for your buck” at one of our participating venues.

7250 Market Street
Bottle Shop
Voucher: $5 off beverage, food, or merchandise

If you have not been to Fermental, it is a must stop on your Wilmington Ale Trail journey.  With live music every Friday and Saturday, a free wine and beer tasting on Friday, and a general house party atmosphere in their expansive beer garden, Fermental is a great place to grab your favorite craft beer or glass of wine.

Your Wilmington Ale Trail passport includes a $5 voucher and I think the best time to use would be on “Mediocre Mondays”. All drafts are $3. All day.  The goal is to kick the kegs left over from the weekend and can include local favorites from Waterline or New Anthem to a heavy hitter like Founder’s KBS.  It’s just a luck of the draw.

Purchase a passport, and receive a $5 voucher to Fermental and additional vouchers at over 20 area locations.

Behind Bars: Mike Donohoe

Photo Courtesy Mike Donohoe

Behind Bars is BACK and this time we’re chatting with Mike Donohoe from Session Beer Market, on the south side of town. Session just celebrate their two year anniversary. They’re a bottle shop with an extensive selection in bottles and cans, and a humble but impressive draft list. Go say hi to Mike!

AT: What is your favorite thing about bartending?

MD: The metal bottle opener thing has a loop at one end and I’ve gotten pretty good at spinning it around my finger. I’m pretty sure I’m the first person to do this, and it’s pretty fun. Oh and the people you get to connect and make memories with over the years are pretty rad too. Last week I actually performed a wedding ceremony for two people that I met doing this.

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

MD: It’s really cool to develop that dynamic with a patron where you can guess what they’re going to order every time, but they’ll almost always be more appreciative if you can open up new styles and ideas for them. It’s fun and rewarding to help people find new “usuals”. Its really satisfying (for both you and the patron) when you can get someone to go all the way from Miller Lite to barrel aged stouts.

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

MD: Tough one. I would probably be Bells Hopslam. Bitter, still has a few long-time fans, and every year you think “it was probably better last year”.

Cape Fear Wine & Beer Sweet 16

It’s Wilmington’s OG craft beer bar’s sweet 16! Join Cape Fear Wine & Beer on Sunday, July 7th for their weekly Beer Church and help them celebrate with Moody Tongue Brewing our of Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois. There will be commemorative glassware (with both CFWB & Moody Tongue logos), t-shirts, and a very delicious beer list.

We got to talk to Maaike Brender à Brandis, co-owner and President, about the day.

AT: 16 years! How exciting. What have you learned?

MBàB: In 2003 neither of us had been in the beer industry. So we basically had to learn everything. Everything about beer, about permits and payroll. But a left-brain partnered with a right-brain can accomplish anything. Now it’s more like maintaining a well-oiled machine.

AT: Why did you decide to pair up with Moody Tongue:

MBàB: We decided to partner with Moody Tongue because we had a great relationship with the sales rep, Brad Davis, from the years he was with Shmaltz. And, of course, the beer is great!

AT: What new things can we look forward to from you guys in the coming year?

MBàB: We’ve recently replaced our old school chalk draft boards with tv’s synced with our Untappd beer list. A goal is to continue providing our customers with the best beer list in town, with the freshest hazy IPA’s, the funkiest sours, the crispest pilsners. We’re also partnering with local and regional charities for our beer churches.

Visit their website, and keep an eye on Facebook for current and future event updates!