Print
Restaurants

Holiday Beers Roundup: Local Breweries Celebrate The Season

By Jessica Maurer, posted Dec 19, 2018
Flying Machine Brewing Co. is offering its first hand-packaged release, Polar Byrd Winter Warmer Ale. (Photo courtesy of Flying Machine Brewing Co.)

Many local breweries are serving up special releases for the holiday, showcasing a wide variety of flavors and styles that reflect this festive season.

Flying Machine Brewing Co. is offering its first hand-packaged release, Polar Byrd Winter Warmer Ale, (7.4 percent ABV), named for Medal of Honor recipient and renowned polar explorer and aviator, Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr. Brewers describe it as a warming, spiced ale with hints of cinnamon and dark fruit and a creamy malt finish. A limited draft release, Polar Byrd growlers are available to take home as presents and for holiday gatherings.

Edward Teach Brewing is serving their Winterfest Lager (6 percent ABV), which features a mix of Munich malt and Nobel hops used for traditional Marzen-style beers. Brewers say it offers a rich bready malt profile with a finish as crisp as a winter’s morning.

Ironclad Brewery has partnered with Zola Coffee & Tea, located inside Pomegranate Books, for the Zola Chai Brown (6.9 percent ABV), which fuses together the powers of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and black tea with beer.

Flytrap Brewing will release a Belgian Chocolate Stout this week, available on draft as well as in bottles.

Bill’s Front Porch is pouring its annual batch of Christmas Pants Winter Warmer, a strong and smooth, full-bodied brown ale brewed with nutmeg, allspice, sorghum and orange peel (8.4 percent ABV). Also on tap, Jim's Breakfast Stout, a strong imperial stout made with Vermont Grade-A maple syrup, cold pressed Sumatran espresso and cocoa nibs (9.1 percent ABV).

Waterline Brewing Co. has a limited quantity of its Cranberry Hefewiesen on draft but is also pouring Holiday Spiced Gruit (4.8 percent ABV) packed with bursts of cranberry, juniper, green chai tea and habanero peppers for spicy winter warmth. Also on draft is the Black Citra IPA, brewed with dark grains for a malty balance to the juicy 100 percent American hop profile.

Good Hops Brewing will tap this year's batch of Barley Wine (ABV 9.5 percent) on Friday, and will release a new brew, Birch Brown Ale, (ABV 5.25 percent), made with pure Alaskan birch syrup, on Dec. 28.

And specially brewed for oyster season, Wrightsville Beach Brewery is pouring its Oysterman’s Stout, a dark ale with roasted barley malts and overtones of coffee, biscuits and cocoa.

Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email [email protected].

Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Leath 683x10242

Post-Flo Stress and Anxiety Management  

Lisa Leath - Leath HR Group
Geofflosee300x300 10221511305

Got Flood Insurance? Get That Proof of Loss Form in Quickly!

Geoffrey Losee - Rountree Losee LLP
Headshot 1016184145

Employee versus Independent Contractor

Ryan Skuce - Earney & Company, LLP

Trending News

Company Eyes Brunswick Co. Site To Bring 238 Manufacturing Jobs

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jan 21, 2019

Oldroyd Out As CEO Of Cape Fear Realtors

Cece Nunn - Jan 22, 2019

TRU Colors Brewing Wants To Buy City's Castle Street Property

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jan 21, 2019

Wilmington Faces A $500K Affordable Housing Conundrum

Cece Nunn - Jan 22, 2019

OpEd: City Should Move Past Short-term Rental Debate

Tyler Newman - Jan 22, 2019

In The Current Issue

Info Junkie: Adam Jones

Info Junkie Adam Jones, regional economist and associate professor of economics at the UNCW Cameron School of Business' Swain Center, on...


Apartments Top List Of Sales

Investors snapping up apartment communities, as well as a rental townhome property, represented New Hanover County’s highest real estate sal...


Jeweled Heritage

Some family-owned Wilmington jewelry stores are more than retail spaces for wedding rings or elegant necklaces – they showcase local familie...

Book On Business

The 2018 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Health Care Heroes 2018
2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch with Eric Dinenberg, Rouse Properties