Brewery Accolades


Wilmington Ranks Among the Best Cities in the U.S. for Beer Drinkers

A study done by SmartAsset found the 50 best cities in the country for beer drinkers based on five factors - number of breweries, breweries per 100,000 residents, the average number of beers per brewery, the number of bars per 100 residents and the average cost of a domestic pint. With an average of 12.2 breweries per 100,000 residents with about 31.7 beers per brewery, Wilmington ranked among the top US cities to enjoy a beer. Cheers!  

Fermental Wins "Best Beer Bar" in NC

The Brewers Association, the nation’s largest trade group of craft brewers, suppliers, distributors, and beer retailers, named Fermental as the "Best Beer Bar" in North Carolina. Fermental is set inside the comfortable confines of a 1940’s bungalow with a unique assortment of seating areas, and is part of the Wilmington Ale Trail. The large outdoor patio and backyard includes picnic tables, food trucks, fire pits and a stage.

Mad Mole Brewing Named America's Favorite Solar-Powered Microbrewery

With over 12,000 votes submitted, Wilmington's Mad Mole Brewing won the award of America's Favorite Solar-Powered Microbrewery. In competition with breweries from across the nation, the Mad Mole won top place by over 300 votes. The brewery is Wilmington's only solar-powered brewery with a 22-megawatt solar system and 63 panels on its south-facing roof. Stop in to enjoy a wide variety of beer styles including Belgians, IPAs, hefeweizens and more.

Wilmington Breweries Place in the 2018 NC Brewers Cup

Four local breweries brought home eight awards from the 2018 NC Brewer's Cup competition held by the NC Craft Brewers Alliance in conjunction with the NC State Fair. Wilmington Brewing Company placed #1 in the IPA Category and #2 Best in Show for their beer, Weekend Vibes IPA, #3 in the Pale American Ale category for their Moon Dance Blonde Ale and #3 in the Specialty Beer category for Blair's Breakfast Stout. Front Street Brewery, Wilmington's original brewery, placed #3 in the Czech Lager category for their Oktoberfest lager and #3 in the Strong British Ale category for their Dram Tree Scottish Ale. Waterline Brewing Company placed #2 in the Spiced Beer category for their Waterline La Gose Roma. Wrightsville Beach Brewery placed #3 in the American Wild Ale category for their Raspberry Berliner Weisse. In 2017, five local breweries brought home nine awards during the competition. Front Street Brewery was one of only a few in the state to win gold medals in multiple categories. Wrightsville Beach Brewery collected three medals. Broomtrail Craft Brewery, Waterline Brewing Company and Bill's Brewing Company Taproom also took home medals for their brews. 

Front Street Brewery Takes Home Nine Medals

A panel of brewers and judges analyzed beers from across the state and awarded Front Street Brewery nine medals at the 2018 Carolina Championship of Beer. Front Street Brewery took the gold for its Amberjack ESB, Port City IPA and Slainte Irish Red. The brewery brought home silver in Afterglow Vienna Lager, Spring Brew and Coastal Kolsch before winning bronze for the Sinful Stout, Papa Don’t Peach Sour and Henry Helles Bock.

Best-Kept Secrets: Places to Catch the NC Craft Beer Wave

Wilmington was featured in Best-Kept Secrets: Places to catch the NC craft beer wave by The News & Observer for its wave of eclectic bottle shops, food trucks and breweries.

Travel Down the Wilmington Ale Trail

The number of breweries, bottle shops, and craft beer bars in the Wilmington and beaches area has exploded and continues to grow. This video by Wilmington Ale Trail and Port City Brew Bus highlights local breweries, introduces the passionate folks behind all the beer, and guides you through the hop-infused waters of the Port City like a true adventurer. You can also read more about the Ale Trail in the Wilmington Ale Trail Guide. We invite you to experience our craft beer culture and enjoy your coastal brewcation!

Wilmington Ranks amongst Best Cities for Beer Drinkers

Wilmington ranks #7 among the Best Cities for Beer Drinkers with one of the highest scores out of 296 cities researched by

Wilmington Ranks Amongst Other States for Beeriest Beach Towns

Wilmington was featured in Craft Beer's list of America's Beeriest Beach Towns. Read more about how local breweries, bottleshops, and brew tours ranked alongside Maine, California, Hawaii and Oregon, for the top 5 places to experience a "beery, beachside getaway."

A 36 Hour Guide to Wilmington's Craft Beer Scene

Beer enthusiasts: here’s a handy guide to exploring the Wilmington brew scene in just 3 days. See what local craft beers are a must to try and where by reading Our State magazine's article, A Beer Lover’s Guide to Wilmington (and the Cape Fear region) in 36 Hours. Cheers!

Wilmington Makes a Run at Craft Beer Brewing

Wilmington is already known for its many tourist attractions, but now the Port City is also becoming a destination for craft beer lovers. Watch the story.