Breweries in Wilmington NC

A Beery, Coastal Getaway

Cheers to planning your brewcation to one of the fastest-growing craft beer hotspots in North Carolina. Wilmington was named one of “America’s Beeriest Beach Towns” and was listed among the top five places to experience a “beery, beachside getaway” by CraftBeer.com. From solar-powered brews to a ship-shaped bar and a brewery with a disc golf course, the area has a variety of unique breweries and local craft beer that will quench the taste buds of all types of beer drinkers. And, if you are planning a beer-based getaway, why not do it at the coast! 

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Solar-Powered Brewery

Having a beer can be good for the environment. Recently named America’s favorite solar-powered microbrewery, Mad Mole Brewing is Wilmington’s first and only solar-powered brewery. Solar panels installed on the building’s roof use the sun’s rays to power the brewery’s seven-barrel system. Take some time to enjoy the sun and sip on a signature beverage like the Marilyn MonMole, Darth Mole, Boston Mole Party or Raspberry Molay in the brewery’s outdoor, dog-friendly beer garden.

Pay Homage to the Venus Flytrap

Flytrap Brewing pays homage to the Venus flytrap, a carnivorous plant whose only native habitat in the world can be found within a 60-mile radius of Wilmington and can be seen in the wild a short drive away at Carolina Beach State Park or at Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden. The brewery specializes in American- and Belgian-style ales with a constantly rotating draft list, while also educating visitors about the Venus flytrap, its shrinking habitats and ways to protect the plant from extinction. Located in Wilmington’s Brooklyn Arts District, Flytrap is not only a brewery but also a place where locals and visitors meet and mingle, artists display their works and live music can be heard every weekend. Food trucks are parked outside the brewery every Friday and Saturday like Pepe’s Tacos and Urban Street Eats. 

Wilmington’s Oldest Brewery

Wilmington’s original brewery and restaurant. Front Street Brewery was founded in 1995 and has kept its award-winning beer flowing ever since. The brewpub took home eight medals during the Carolina Championship for Beer in 2019 for its Sinful Stout, Sláinte Irish Red, Amberjack English Ale, If You Got It Braggot, Black River Oatmeal Stout, Dram Tree Scottish, Riptide Taspberry Wheat and Port City IPA. Swing by for an afternoon tour and tasting or stop in for a late-night snack and craft-beer nightcap – the restaurant serves a full menu until midnight. 

Look for Blackbeard's Flag

Edward Teach Brewing is located inside a 111-year old historic firehouse in Wilmington’s Brooklyn Arts District and features a two-story ship-shaped bar with eight craft beers on tap, including the Three Sheets Double Whitt, Cutlass German Lager, Devil’s Son IPA and Peg Leg Chocolate Porter. The brewery’s moniker is a nod to the infamous pirate Blackbeard, whose real name was Edward Teach, that frequented the shores and shallows of North Carolina. To find Edward Teach Brewing, look for the flag Blackbeard flew over the Queen Anne’s Revenge at the door. 

Brews with Waterviews

Have a drink out in the beer garden with Wilmington’s iconic Cape Fear Memorial Bridge as your backdrop at Waterline Brewing Co. Sample from the unique line-up of beer, including Waterline Kolsch, Pale, Red, classic IPA, Oatmeal Stout, and Tripel, as you challenge friends to a game of squirt guns, air hockey or basketball. Or, check the calendar to enjoy a relaxing hour of yoga. 

A Hole in One

At Carolina Beach, Good Hops Brewing – a family-owned and operated small-batch brewery that is dog- and family-friendly – offers beers of all styles from golden ales to IPAs. Good Hops is serious about brewing, with seven-barrel and 10-barrel fermenters, the brewery has upgraded to bigger and better beer production. Don’t miss out on the Boardwalk Brown Ale, Flip Hop IPA, Donna Golden Ale or – a classic – the Good Hops Pale Ale. Plus, the 18-hole par 3-disc golf course located on the brewery’s four acres of land makes for a unique experience guests are unlikely to find elsewhere. The course is open to the public during daylight hours. 

Sip Suds in the Beer Garden

Recently named one of the “Six Breweries with Meals that Rival Their Beers” by Our State Magazine, Wrightsville Beach Brewery’s taproom and restaurant is equally celebrated for their brews and fresh local seafood. Grab a table and enjoy a variety of craft beer options, like the Airlie Amber Ale, Oysterman Stout, Wilmywood Wit and Waterway IPA as you savor local-caught oysters and signature items like Calamari Frites and Local Shrimp Tacos. The brewery frequently features live music events in its beer garden, a weekly farmers market in the summer as well as brewery tours, tastings and cask tappings. 

Tasting Tours

To explore Wilmington’s 16 breweries, embark on a self-guided brewery tasting tour along the Wilmington Ale Trail. If you’d rather enjoy a guided (non-walking) tour, hop aboard the Port City Brew Bus. The bus drives guests to several local breweries along the Wilmington Ale Trail. Each tour is designed to be fun, educational and appeal to everyone – not just craft beer aficionados. You’ll sample offerings from each brewery you visit, tour their facilities and gain an understanding of their brewing philosophy.
 
These are just a sampling of our breweries. It’s guaranteed that when in Wilmington, any and every beer lover will appreciate the handcrafted, distinctive twist the below area breweries add to draft selections along with unique environments. Stay up-to-date with everything brewing in Wilmington and beaches' craft beer scene including events, accolades, what's new and more