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 February 2nd

Wilmington Brewing Company

Sup Bräu: 4.9% A super crispy crusher that’s extra light with a hoppy kick on the finish.

Front Street Brewery

The Grind: 7% From the brewery, “We know the daily grind. So does Port City Java. We’ve both been brewing tasty beverages in Wilmington for 25 years. So we teamed up at what we do best. This brew is for people who take their coffee black. Roasty depths of cold-brewed Sumatra coffee beans permeate the dry malt richness of our oatmeal stout, whose hops help keep it fresh.”

New Anthem Beer Project

Midnight Sunroof: 7.3% An American IPA brewed with Cascade and Citra hops.

Flytrap Brewing

Falconer’s Flight: 5.9% A traditional pale ale brewed with Falconer’s Flight hops.

Broomtail Craft Brewery

Cape FEAR Beer: 6% From the brewery, “Fermented with yeast harvested from Middlesound Loop, isolated, cleaned and banked now by White Labs -then “dry spiced” with local Jalapeño. Super delicious, perfect flavor and not too much heat. Taste True Local Flavor!”

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Chocolate & Toasted Coconut Porter: 5.7% From the brewery, “Think of the box of chocolates, except this is the one you want to get!!”

Ein Prosit! Marchtoberfest in the Port City!

Full Disclosure: Wilmington Ale Trail is a sponsor of Marchtoberfest and the owner of the Ale Trail is one of the organizers for the beer festival.  This is a puff piece.

If you have seen the videos you may be a little confused as to what Marchtoberfest actually is.  Well, at its core it’s a beer festival . We talked to Ellie Craig, the marketing director at Front Street Brewery and one of the organizers for Marchtoberfest.

AT: So what is Marchtoberfest?

EC: Marchtoberfest is a beer festival based on the German Fruhlingsfest, in Munich. Traditionally, they celebrate in late April or early May when the weather turns warmer. It is really just a smaller version of Oktoberfest with the same costumes, games, and rides just on a smaller scale. We wanted to throw a Spring beer festival and use that as the theme.

AT: Do we really need another beer festival?

EC: There was a beer festival called Cape Fear Beer and Wine festival during this time in previous years.  We found out that the owner was not going to continue so we approached the convention center about Marchtoberfest.  It will be a very different type of festival. All our breweries are from NC and they will all be bringing at least one “German-style beer”.  We hope everyone will dress in their finest German festival attire and come ready to have a great time!

AT: Who benefits from the festival? 

EC: ILM Beer is our charity partner. They host local beer-based events to raise money for charitable organizations and local people in need.  The beneficiary of this year’s Marchtoberfest is the Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo-Tide Run. They are an all-volunteer organization that donate 100% of their proceeds to cancer patients in New Hanover county. They put on a great event and are a great organization that has helped some of our local beer peeps.

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There will also be a smaller donation to the NC Brewer’s Guild. They are integral in ensuring that our craft beer industry continues to grow. We are grateful for their support and they will be on hand to sell some cool NC Beer merch as well.

AT: What’s up with the Oktoberfest Trip Giveaway? 

EC: Being a first-year festival, we knew we were really going to have to catch the public’s attention. We partnered with, AwayBug Travel, to plan an awesome Oktoberfest adventure. The owner, Angie, has been to Oktoberfest several times and lived in Germany. She was instrumental in our planning to make sure we got the best deal possible.

We are giving away two trips to Oktoberfest 2020 in Munich.  If you have a VIP ticket, you will be entered into the pool of VIP ticket holders. We are only selling a maximum of 600 VIP tickets.

We are doing the same for General Admission ticket holders.   We can only sell a maximum of 2000 general admission tickets.  The trip itself includes airfare, hotel, and a reservation in one of the beer halls. Check out our website for the details.  Angie will help you addon any extra days, tours, or excursions you want to do.

AT: Bottom-Line, why should people come to Marchtoberfest?

EC: Well first off, the beer.  Over 40 NC breweries, including all your local favorites as well as breweries from Asheville, Charlotte, Triangle, and other parts of the state. Many of these breweries don’t distribute to this area so this might be the first-time people get to try them.

We are also going to have the HarborTowne Fest Band which is amazing. They will pump up the crowd and get people dancing. I just met with Ken, the band leader, yesterday and he is really excited for the event.

Finally, we are going to have games. We will have around ten carnival-style games for people to win small prizes. We are also working on a couple larger surprises.

It’s going to be a great time and we are looking forward to turning it into a multi-day event in the future.

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Last Minute Deals for the Beer Lover

Shopping for the beer drinker in your life can be tricky. Their tastes are fickle. They’re constantly purging glassware, but the next time you turn around they’ve bought four new ones. You may as well forget about t-shirts, hoodies, and other wearables.  As a pain-in-the-ass beer drinker myself, I’m here to tell you what I’ve found a lot of us look forward to these days—experiences.

Here’s what I might like if I were asking for anything. (*ahem* Santa?  Are you listening?)

Wilmington Ale Trail Passport

This website disguised as an app is the coolest way for your out-of-town buddies or relatives to explore the area. The passport has three options: 24-hour for $15,  3-Day for $20, or the annual option for $40. Whichever option you choose, you will receive $5 vouchers at over 22 local breweries, bottle shops, bars, and restaurants so you and your friends can experience all of the great craft beer that the greater Wilmington area has to offer.

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Use code CHRISTMASCHEER to take $10 off any passport option through Christmas.  Bonus: Redeem 80% of the vouchers and receive a Wilmington Ale Trail t-shirt!




Have you ever been entered to win a trip to Germany just for buying tickets to a beer fest? Heck, when were you last entered to win A TRIP TO OKTOBERFEST at all? Never? Same. The inaugural Marchtoberfest is a good old fashioned German beer festival, featuring 40+ North Carolina breweries, plus German wine and food. Oh! And did I mention you’re entered to win a trip for two to Munich for Oktoberfest including airfare, lodging, and admission to Oktoberfest ? Two trips for two will be given away the day of the festival. One trip for general admission and one for VIP admission.

Use the code STOCKINGSTUFFER to take $10 off – now through Christmas day.

Port City Brew Bus

Do you have that friend who’s always been talking about “getting more into beer” or “learning more about beer” or “thinking about opening a brewery/bottle shop/bar”? A great way for that friend to educate themselves is on the Port City Brew Bus. Multiple stops filled with samples, info sessions that cover different parts of the brewing process & ingredients, plus an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide will certainly satiate anyone’s thirst for knowledge…and beer.

Use code SANTABEER to save 10% off on gift card and tour purchases. 

Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine

You have a friend or family member who considers themselves a “foodie.” They are constantly pouring over cookbooks and food-focused instagram content. The friend who is constantly asking questions when you’re out at dinner. That friend deserves to experience the Port City’s premier food and beer pairing event, Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine. A 25-course pairing menu invites foodies and beer connoisseurs alike to explore North Carolina’s prolific beer scene alongside Wilmington’s finest food—all during sunset at the beautiful Airlie Gardens. No code is needed to snag the stocking-stuffer deal which is two tickets and no transaction fees, a savings of $24 off the regular general admission price.   This deal is only good through Christmas.

Behind Bars: Kelly Pickle

If you don’t recognize Kelly Pickle (yes, that is her real name) then you really need to go visit Salty Turtle Beer Company up in Surf City. She’s been there slingin’ tasty Hey Zay Hazy IPAs and Swingbridge Breakfast Stouts since day ONE! I was excited to interview her for the Ale Trail because I’ve had the honor of tending bar with her for the past six months; she did not disappoint.

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

Kelly Pickle (KP): My favorite thing about bartending is meeting new and interesting people every single day. I love building relationships with guests from near and far!

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

KP: My advice to craft beer bartenders is to learn your audience. Honing in on what types of beers your guests like, as well as their experience in the craft beer world, will help make their trip to your venue an unforgettable one.

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

KP: If I were a beer I would choose a New England IPA: unfiltered, slightly sweet and slightly bitter. *wink*