Wilmington NC Breweries: Find Your Next Favorite Beer

Beer Tap Handles

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!

Wilmington Breweries

Bill’s Front Porch Pub and Brewery

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.

Broomtail Craft Brewery & The Sour Barn

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.

Edward Teach Brewery

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.

Fermental Beer & Wine

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.

Bar Top

Flying Machine Brewing Co.

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.

Flytrap Brewing

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.

Front Street Brewery

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.”

Ironclad 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.

Mad Mole Brewing

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.

New Anthem Beer Project

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.

Panacea Brewing Company™

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.

Skytown Beer Company

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.

Tek Mountain Brewing

(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.”

Tidewater Brewing

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.

Waterline Brewing Company

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.

Waterman’s Brewing

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.


Wilmington Brewing Company & Wilmington Homebrew Supply

824 South Kerr Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403

In-house pours as well as cans for regional distribution. Shares location with Wilmington Homebrew Supply. Large indoor seating area behind front bar with ping pong table, cornhole, and other games. Hosts yoga classes. Weekly food trucks. Pet friendly.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

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.

Carolina Beach Breweries

Good Hops Brewing LLC

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 cornhole 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.

Surf City Breweries

Salty Turtle Beer Company

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.

Have you been to any of these breweries? Which was your favorite? Why? Leave you answer in the comments!

Did we miss a brewery? Let us know!

Wilmington NC Breweries

[the_grid name=”Area Info”]

About the Author
Meghan Henderson
Meghan is the Marketing Specialist for The Cameron Team and a published author of two young adult books. She also creates digital and printable planners and trackers, as well as coloring pages for Larkspur & Tea.