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.”
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.”
Hoppy Pale Ale: 6.3% A pale ale featuring Sabro hops with notes of tropical fruit, stone fruit, cedar, and mint.
Uncle Herschel’s: 9% A collaboration with Hopfly Brewing Company! A tasty triple IPA available both on draught and in 16oz cans.
Mango Berliner Weisse: 3.4% A light, tart and fruit brew with a crisp finish.
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.
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.
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.”
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. ”
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.”
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.
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.”
Raspberry Honeybush Saison: 6.8% From the brewery, “Alcoholic kombucha brewed with saison yeast. Tart, crisp, very dry, slightly sour, nice balance of raspberry.”
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.
Electronic Fog: 6.3% From the brewery, “This Hazy IPA is 6.3% with notes of grapefruit and pineapple and the brightness of this libation will make it explode off of your tongue.”
The Fog of Topsail: 5.9% Now available in cans! From the brewery, “Tropical notes of kiwi, mango, and starfruit are at the forefront of this bright IPA. Delicate citrus and candied lemon coat the palate and hop bitterness carries the finish. This beer is a great middle ground between West Coast and New England IPAs.”
Merganser: 5.9% From the brewery, “This lager is super clean, with a light body and notes of roast and chocolate.”
Doormouse Porter: 5.5% From the brewery, “Back to back Best in Show winning porter! Light-bodied, notes of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and soy.”
Tripel: 10% From Head Brewer Dani, “This brew features big classic Belgian flavors against a malty sweet body.”
Sup Bräu: 4.9% A super crispy crusher that’s extra light with a hoppy kick on the finish.
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.”
Midnight Sunroof: 7.3% An American IPA brewed with Cascade and Citra hops.
Falconer’s Flight: 5.9% A traditional pale ale brewed with Falconer’s Flight hops.
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!”
Chocolate & Toasted Coconut Porter: 5.7% From the brewery, “Think of the box of chocolates, except this is the one you want to get!!”
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.”
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!”
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.
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!”
Profusion 3.0: 5.7% From the brewery, “NEIPA with Galaxy, Lemondrop, and Citra is sure to be a juice bomb for your facehole.”
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.”