Wilmington, NC, has seen amazing growth in its brewery scene within the past 5 years. It’s not only proved very lucrative for the business-minded with a passion for beer but has helped fuel business for satellite companies, like brewery tours, tap room, niche neighborhood bars – even food trucks! If you’re a beer connoisseur looking for your next favorite brew, here is a list of Wilmington breweries. Enjoy!
4238 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403
Handcrafted beers from on-site Bill’s Brewing Company. On-site kitchen and food menu. Live music. Located in front of and affiliated with Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill, a sports bar with outdoor sand volleyball courts. They also operate Bill’s Brew Food Truck.
6404 Amsterdam Way, Wilmington, NC 28405 & 7211 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28411
They sell on-tap at the pub as well as wholesale. The Sour Barn is an extension of Broomtail Craft Brewery, serving as its souring and barrel-aging facility. It has a tap room with games and a dog-friendly beer garden with fire pit, outdoor heaters, stage, gazebo, weekly food trucks, and live music.
604 North 4th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Located in a historic building in Brooklyn Arts District of Historic Downtown Wilmington. It was originally built as a fire engine house. Two-stories with the first-floor bar shaped like the front of a pirate ship. On-site brewery and taproom. Dog friendly. Live music.
7250 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28411
They do not brew their own beer. However, in addition to being a bottle shop that serves and sells beer and wine, they do sell draught home brew and wine making equipment. Indoor tasting / serving room. Keg purchase and rentals for special events. Live music. Pet friendly. Weekly food trucks.
3130 Randall Parkway, Wilmington, NC 28403
Two-story newly constructed, craft brewery and on-site taproom with inside bar, and outside bar and patio surrounded by the Gary Shell Cross City Trail. Dog friendly. Indoor bocce. Live music. In-house pours, as well as cans for regional distribution.
319 Walnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Located in Brooklyn Arts District of Historic Downtown Wilmington. Dog friendly. Live music. Local art on display. Weekly food trucks.
9 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Two-story, on-site taproom. One of the forerunners of the brewery scene in Wilmington. On-site kitchen and food menu. “Microbrewery offering house beers and upgraded pub grub, plus daily tours of the brewery.”
115 N. 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Brewery, taproom, and event venue that can accommodate up to 500 people in a historic building in downtown Wilmington. Popular wedding venue. Dog friendly.
6309 Boathouse Road, Unit C, Wilmington, NC 28403
On-site brewery and taproom. Inside and outdoor seating. The brewery operates on a seven-barrel electric system, powered in part by solar panels. Pet friendly. Live music. Weekly team trivia and food trucks.
116 Dock Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
On-site brewery and taproom. They have rotating house beers offered on tap. They also can every two weeks and offer wholesale. Indoor seating with a large garage-style door that can be open when the weather accommodates for those who want to watch the action downtown. Due to a city ordinance, food trucks are not allowed downtown. Therefore, customers are welcome to bring in their own food. Live music. Pet friendly.
102 Old Eastwood Road, #A5, Wilmington, NC 28403
While it is a brewing company, Panacea brews craft kombucha, not beer. They have a taproom and mobile brew bus. Product is also available at several local retailers.
4712 New Centre Dr, #100, Wilmington, NC 28405
A brewery and smokehouse with 12 house drafts. They have a sister restaurant at Front Street in downtown Wilmington called Beer Barrio. Pet friendly.
(Not open to the general public.)
1844 Sir Tyler Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405
According to the Untappd website, “Tek Mountain Brewing is a private brewery and tasting room located within the secure campus of Castle Branch. It serves as a benefit for employees of Castle Branch and members of Tek Mountain Technology Incubatory.”
1002 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Slated to be Wilmington’s first cooperative/community-owned brewery and taproom. They were weeks away from opening with Hurricane Florence hit causing significant interior and exterior damage requiring significant rebuilding. Per their website, “Tidewater Brewing represents the first phase of what is proposed to become Osprey Land LLC’s mixed-use development project that will include restaurants, a grocery store, office space, retail space and residential units. The brewery will be a driving force in the revitalization of Wilmington’s “Soda Pop District” as southeastern North Carolina’s first cooperative brewery.” They have plans to add a canning line. Pet friendly.
721 Surry Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
On-site brewery and taproom located in a historic 1940s era warehouse beneath the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Large indoor and outdoor space. They give tours. Live music and other hosted events, including a weekly farmer’s market and yoga classes. Weekly food trucks. Pet friendly.
1610 Pavilion Place, Wilmington, NC 28403
On-site brewery, taproom, and restaurant that serves lunch, brunch, and dinner. Full catering menu. Indoor seating and pet-friendly outdoor patio. The ‘Ohana Room is a private event space with its own bar, restrooms, and 4k HD projector. It can host up to 150 guests, and Waterman’s Brewing will provide full decorating and kitchen service. Live music. Weekly pub run.
824 South Kerr Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403
In-house pours as well as cans for regional distribution. Shares location with Wilmington Home brew Supply. Large indoor seating area behind front bar with ping pong table, corn hole, and other games. Hosts yoga classes. Weekly food trucks. Pet friendly.
6201 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403
Brewpub serving craft beers. On-site kitchen and food menu. Beer garden. Live music and other hosted events, including brewery tours, farmer’s market, yoga classes, and run club. Separate event room. In-house pours, as well as cans for regional distribution. It donates 11% of proceeds from its revolving “give-back beer” to a different non-profit partner each month. Pet friendly.
811 Harper Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
On-site brewery, taproom, and beer garden. Home of Trinity Disc Golf Course, a free 9-hole par 3 course located on 4 acres. Open to the public during daylight hours. Outside corn hole and other games in the taproom. Weekly glow round disc golf, trivia, and yoga pay-what-you-can classes. Hosts other events such as festivals, “Maker & Growers Pop-up Markets,” and cook-offs. Live music. Food trucks. Pet friendly.
103 Triton Lane, Surf City, NC 28445
Nano brewery, veteran owned and operated neighborhood brewery. Brewery and taproom on site. Beer garden. Dog friendly (leashed). Outside food permitted.
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