Craft Beer along the NC Coast

My blog turns three today!  Usually, I pour myself a glass of beer (specifically Lost Coast’s Downtown Brown) and reflect on life in general (typical blog fare around here).  This time around, however, I will pour myself a homemade root beer and reflect on the craft breweries we visited (and a couple that we didn’t) during our most recent travels.

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We contacted someone over at Duck-Rabbit Brewery hoping to visit them during our two-week stay in North Carolina, but they only do tours on Fridays and we were only near them on Saturdays.  Thankfully, Duck-Rabbit is distributed in our area so we’ll just make do with whatever bottles we can find in our grocery store.  If you aren’t already aware of Duck-Rabbit, just know that their milk stout makes a really good ice cream float.

We later stumbled upon not one but two amazing brew pubs:  Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC and Full Moon Café and Brewery in Manteo, NC.

Of course, I couldn’t sample any of the beers, but I can tell you that Okey was very much impressed with the Front Street Brewery and the creativity of the young brewer.  He seemed to like the Brett style beer which he described to me as being like a lambic ale having been made with a wild yeast.  Okey returned with two friends and three growlers later in the week, and everyone was very happy with the tour of the brewery with the brewer himself.  He said that he is going to keep an eye on how well this brewery does at the Great American Beer Festival later this year.

Okey didn’t get to sample much at the crowded Full Moon, but he was very pleased to read that they specialized in British and Irish style ales… much like him.

We also noted the local Weeping Radish whose beer we had seen listed at several restaurants.  We then passed an establishment called Brewery, Butchery & Pub (which upon further research at home is linked to the Weeping Radish somehow).  Should we return to the North Carolina coast, we will see if we can squeeze that into our trip.

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