6th Annual Cape Fear Beer Festival

Come Treat Your Buds to Unlimited Tasting

beer-2Don’t miss out on attending the 6th annual Cape Fear Beer Festival on Saturday March 5th at the Wilmington Convention Center. Presented by the Downtown Business Alliance, this year will feature over 50 regional and local breweries including some local favorites such as, Front Street Brewery, Ironclad Brewery, Cape Fear Brewing Co., and Good Hops Brewing LLC. There will also be a few wines and ciders available for tasting, including Woodchuck Cider and Bold Rock Cider.

This will be Good Hops Brewing second year attending the Cape Fear Beer Festival. When speaking with the owner/brewer, Richard Jones, he said, “It was a great turn out last year and a great experience for all of us. I’m looking forward to it again this year.” He said most likely their Black Sky IPA will be available for tasting, and they may even bring out a new beer they’ve been brewing up. Good Hops Brewing is located in Carolina Beach and they have an extensive variety of beers to offer which you can find on their website. Their beers are always changing as they continue to craft original, creative new beers.

This is a great event to bring the community together and help support the growth of breweries across North Carolina, as well as the growth of breweries here in Wilmington. Andrew Penny, a Wilmington resident, has attended the past three Cape Fear Beer Festivals and plans to attend this year too. When asked what he thought this event brought to Wilmington he said, “It’s a great opportunity to get out and experience not only local breweries, but also breweries throughout the state. It’s rare to be able to sample all of those breweries in one place at one time.” When asked to name some favorite brews he remembered from the last festival, he suggested Foothills’ People’s Porter, Green Man’s ESB, and Front Street’s Hoppleganger.

Foothills’ People’s Porter is an English style brew with notes of chocolate and toffee blended with an herbal hop flavor and a undertone of espresso. Green Man’s ESB is a malty amber ale with a mix of caramel flavors giving you a rich toasted body with a sweet finish. Front Street’s Hoppleganger is a black double IPA–rich and bold tasting, but delicious. These are all dark brews bold in flavor, but a great choice for this time of year.

If you’re looking for lighter tasting brews to consider at this year’s Cape Fear Beer Festival, local beer enthusiast Chris Bell suggested trying a few tastings from Ballast Point, Troegs, or Oskar Blues.

The Cape Fear Beer Festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on March 5th. Pricing and other information can be found online at www.capefearbearfest.com. There will be plenty of food options on site for purchase This is a true beer tasting experience, so come out and join in on supporting some of the best brewers in America.


By Heather Gordy

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