WILMINGTON ALE TRAIL

WELCOME TO THE PORT CITY.

From hopheads to lager lovers and every beer drinker in between, Wilmington, NC has all palates covered. Sign up and purchase our mobile exclusive ale-trail to discover more about our local breweries and bottle shops, as well as the region's most craft-savvy restaurants and bars.

This go-to guide is a visitor's one-stop shop for Wilmington's local beer scene, including a map and detailed information on all of our breweries and bottle shops. And, when you purchase this mobile passport, you'll get a voucher to spend how you please at each participating location!

Finish the trail by redeeming your vouchers via 4 digit codes at all locations and win a prize! We hope you find the breweries, bottle shops, and beer hot spots as welcoming and lively as our locals do! Enjoy your brewcation at the beach!



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1-Day Wilmington Ale Trail

  • Mobile exclusive
  • Instantly delivered via text and email
  • Valid for 24 hours after first use
  • Must use for the first time within 30 days after purchase
  • Information, map and hours right at your fingertips
  • Redeem vouchers at all participating locations and win a prize!
$15.00

3-Day Wilmington Ale Trail

  • Mobile exclusive
  • Instantly delivered via text and email
  • Valid for 72 hours after first use
  • Must use for the first time within 30 days after purchase
  • Information, map and hours right at your fingertips
  • Redeem vouchers at all participating locations and win a prize!
$20.00

Annual Wilmington Ale Trail

  • Mobile exclusive
  • Instantly delivered via text and email
  • Valid for 365 days after purchase
  • Information, map and hours right at your fingertips
  • Redeem vouchers at 16 participating locations and win a prize!
$40.00

Discover the Participating Breweries:

Bill's Front Porch

Bill’s Front Porch, the home of Bill’s Brewing Company, is one of Wilmington’s hidden gems located in Midtown off of Market St. This totally renovated building provides a very unique experience with recycled wood making up the entire interior creating a warm, cabin-like feel. The brewpub carries a very large selection of handcrafted beers that are brewed on the exposed seven barrel, steam-fired system. There are award-winning beers to satisfy almost any palate such as crisp lagers, refreshing seasonal Belgian ales, and of course, juicy IPA’s. The food menu is comprised of many options that include beer in the recipes and everything is made fresh from scratch including weekly dinner specials and homemade desserts. Bill’s famous fried chicken has become a staple in the Port City and can also be taken home by the bucket with a crowler of your favorite ale. Bill’s is a fun, family atmosphere with six flat screens and a projector to watch the big game and a monthly lineup of the best local artists performing on stage.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Broomtail Craft Brewery

Broomtail is a friendly, Cheers-like brewery and tap room located just off Market Street in Dutch Square Industrial Park. They specialize in producing true-to-style, clean ales and lagers as well as wild cultured and spontaneous fermentations using locally harvested yeast and bacteria.
The passion of crafting a scientifically perfect beer is a mission they take very seriously. So saddle up and prepare for a unique experience of art and science!

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Edward Teach Brewery

Set in a 111-year-old historic firehouse on North 4th Street in Downtown Wilmington’s Brooklyn Arts District, Edward Teach Brewery features a classy, almost subtle nod to the most infamous pirate of all: Blackbeard, who 300 years ago was a regular on the shores and shallows of North Carolina’s coast (and whose proper name was Edward Teach).
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, pair your craft beer with LIVE performances from the best of the best local musicians and bands. For the wine drinker in your party, Edward Teach stocks favorite local and international wine varietals. They also stock fresh, delicious snacks and treats from “The Veggie Wagon,” which pair perfectly with cold beer. Visit them on Facebook or Instagram to check out their most up-to-date hours and beer selections.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Front Street Brewery

Front Street Brewery, Wilmington’s original brewery and restaurant, was founded in May of 1995 and has been an area landmark ever since. When it comes to local brewmasters, you would be hard-pressed to find someone more skilled than Front Street’s Christopher McGarvey. With five flagships available year-round, award-winning seasonal selections, and an ever-expanding Oak Aged Series, Front Street Brewery is a true beer lover’s delight. They offer FREE brewery tours with beer samples at 3 pm, 3:45 pm, and 4:30 pm and a FULL menu until midnight every day of the week. Beer is also available to-go in 32oz jugs. They offer a kid’s menu as well, so bring the whole family.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Mad Mole Brewing

Mad Mole Brewing is Wilmington’s first solar powered brewery! Spun off from a local software company, Mad Mole combines technology and art to brew better beer. Take a tour to see what happens when computer programmers build a brewery.
The first thing you notice when you walk in is the rack of large Mueller serving tanks shipped from Holland. Taps are mounted directly to the tanks for the freshest beer possible. Attached thermometers confirm it will be cold. The tasting room is cozy and literally makes you feel like you are part of the brewing process. A large, glass garage door opens to a beer garden making for a great inside-outside atmosphere. Dogs are welcome. Conveniently located off Oleander Drive near Bradley Creek, this is the perfect place to pick up beer “brewed by the sun” when you are on the way to the beach.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Makai Brewing Company

Makai Brewing Company opened at the end of 2017 “toward the sea” in Ocean Isle Beach. Merging the spirit of the Hawaiian Islands with the Carolina coast, you will find beers brewed with tropical fruits or Kona coffee beans and served by friendly staff in their open and airy tap room. Makai also serves wines by the glass, hard ciders, and locally made non-alcoholic Kombucha. Follow them on Facebook or visit MakaiBrewing.com to sign up for their newsletter to keep up-to-date with events and new beer releases.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Panacea Brewing Company

Tucked away in the corner of the Eastwood Business Park, Panacea Brewing Company's tiny tap room is the retail outlet for Wilmington's only kombucha and kombucha beer brewery.
Panacea Brewing Company uses local and organic ingredients and flavorings whenever possible, crafting the freshest and healthiest farm-to-bottle beverages and elixirs. Visit their tap room to explore their selection of seasonal kombuchas, gluten-free kombucha beers, tonics, and elixirs.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Salty Turtle Beer Company

Salty Turtle Beer Company is a veteran-owned and operated brewery and tap room dedicated to serving the local community. Their on-site tap room offers a relaxing environment that welcomes family, friends, and well-mannered dogs to sit back and enjoy one’s company. They are a 3bbl nano-brewery that values customer feedback to help establish a rotating tap lineup. Salty Turtle Beer Company strives to provide a unique craft beer experience with each visit.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Skytown Beer Company

Skytown Beer Company is a true brewpub with its 5-barrel brewhouse on prominent display and a full menu of BBQ favorites! Chef Stephen Durley features the “Best of BBQ” with his famous St. Louis ribs, Carolina pulled pork, Texas brisket, Alabama grilled chicken, and even smoked jackfruit vegan barbecue! Chef’s deep fried Sausage Gravy Balls and homemade sauces are also standouts. Durley and his wife, Beer Sommelier Hayley Jensen, are avid homebrewers and feature several award-winning recipes. Brewers Jody Hinson and Ben Quinones round out the team. Skytown Beer Company is the sister restaurant to downtown favorite, Beer Barrio.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

The Sour Barn

The Sour Barn is Broomtail’s ‘wild’ aging site where yeast and bacteria from the local natural environment is used in mixed culture re-fermentation along with occasional batches of full spontaneous fermentation. After aging in oak for one to three years, Broomtail expertly blends the barrels to develop world-class sours only available at The Sour Barn.
Along with Broomtail clean beers on tap, wine, and an extensive sour bottle menu, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Featuring a large tap room, barrel aging room, beer garden, food trucks, and local musicians, The Sour Barn is a favorite destination in Ogden.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Waterline Brewing Company

Waterline Brewing Co. brews a wide variety of well-balanced styles including a refreshing kölsch-style ale, a full-bodied red ale, a spicy and hoppy rye IPA, and a uniquely tart gose brewed with basil and sun-dried tomatoes. Visit their tap room and enjoy a flight, a pint, or fill a growler to take home!
With the motto, “Brewed Under the Bridge,” the brewery and tap room occupy the restored Jacobi Hardware warehouse located under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. The structure was built in the 1940s and the owners worked hard to preserve the look and feel of the original heart pine construction. There are so many reasons to visit: free brewery tours, outdoor beer-garden seating with great views, free parking, special events, and live music and food trucks on weekends. Come and check it out for yourself!

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Waterman's Brewing

Waterman’s Brewing Company (formerly Fibbers near Wrightsville Beach) celebrates the spirit of a long and impressive tradition of coastal watermen and women!
Grasp the trident, come on in, and press your nose to the glass brewhouse to watch new (hoppy juicy/ hazy’s and kettle sours) and classic (ESBs, Kölsches, and Wits) beer styles being brewed before your eyes. There is always top-shelf wine and spirits, too. Plan on being surprised by Chef Stan’s delectable fare from the kitchen – award-winning traditional bar favorites, seafood, and vegetarian creations.
So whether you are grabbing a juicy Abundant Sunshine IPA and dancing with friends in the private party room, playing cornhole and giant Jenga outside on the dog-friendly deck, or warming up by the fireplace with one of their twelve in-house brews, there is something for everyone at Waterman’s!

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Wilmington Brewing Company

Homegrown from a small homebrew shop to a 11,800-square-foot facility, Wilmington Brewing Company serves you fresh, local beer straight from the tank to your glass. Located right in the middle of town, Wilmington Brewing Company has a 3bbl and 25bbl brewery on site, a tasting room, and a homebrew supply store.
15 drafts are available in their tap room. Enjoy a pint, a growler, a crowler (32 oz can of beer poured and sealed on demand), or pick up a keg or a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans for your home enjoyment. Have a beer while you shop for homebrew supplies or just relax in the beer garden. Bring the family and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere at Wilmington Brewing Company!

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Wrightsville Beach Brewery is committed to being a different kind of brewery, both in the beers they make and the impact they have in the community. Their mission is to educate their customers about environmental stewardship and contribute to community-based non-profits while also making high-quality, tasty beer.
As for the brewpub, the Po’ Boys are not to be missed and pair excellently with the Airlie Amber Ale. With a 20-barrel system and 40 beers on tap, they are sure to have something on draft that you will love. Order a pizza and relax under the live oaks in the beer garden or pick up a six-pack for a day on the water. Don’t miss Reggae Sundays and other fun, weekly events!

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Discover the Participating Bottle Shops:

Bombers Beverage Company

Bombers Bev Co. is a specialty craft beer retail store and tasting room that provides customers with unique craft beer. They offer daily specials ranging from draft beer to wine and cider! Stay and enjoy a drink in a friendly, inviting environment or grab a few things to go. They will happily fill growlers and also have crowlers on hand.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Fermental

Located in North Wilmington along the Market Street corridor, Fermental is set inside the comfortable confines of a 1940’s bungalow with a unique assortment of rooms and seating areas to peruse and/or consume our vast inventory.

The shop sells and serves an eclectic selection of craft beer and fine wine and features a large outdoor beer garden, a tasting bar with perpetually rotating draught beer selections, wines by the glass, growler fills, weekly events, free tastings, live music, food trucks, and an expansive selection of quality libations and accompanying accoutrements; including imported cheeses, cured meats, pickles, olives, and wine ice cream.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Palate Bottle Shop & Reserve

At Palate we strive to bring to you the best wine & beer from across the globe, from producers that share our same passion in high quality sustainable products. Our carefully hand selected inventory offers up something for everyones palate, from sommeliers & cicerones to back yard barbecues & front porch sippers, we've got you covered.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Session Beer Market

The term Session is used in the beer world to indicate a refreshing, balanced experience that allows you to have multiple beers, within a reasonable time period, without overwhelming your senses or reaching inappropriate levels of intoxication. Embracing this philosophy but not limiting our beer selection, Session Beer Market has become Wilmington’s newest pet-friendly bottle shop and growler station. Have a pint and stay a while or grab a few bottles to go.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Discover the Participating Restaurants, Taprooms, Bars and More:

Port City Brew Bus

Are you ready for the ultimate craft beer experience? Select a date for one of our public tours in Wilmington, NC or get your friends together for your own private tour.

What's Included

  • $25 Voucher

Pour Taproom

Just pour a few ounces, then try something else, and then choose what you like the best. We have an amazing staff to greet you and walk you through the process. We get to be your host and talk with you all about our selection of taps. We think it will change the way you drink beer & wine.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Rebellion

Rebellion's basic tenets were formed from a brief, yet important part of American history, The Whiskey Rebellion. Given that inspiration and its place in our history, we believe that those struggles and sacrifices deserve to be honored. Here at Rebellion, that’s exactly what we intend to do day in and day out. So join us in celebrating American history and this country's true favorite pastime, enjoying great food and great libations. What are you waiting for?! Come in and 'Join the Rebellion'!

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher

Stalk & Vine

Riverfront establishment that provides its customers with craft beer, wine, and a creative cocktail list along with a variety of modern gastro-fare.

What's Included

  • $5 Voucher