Where There’s Beer in Cape Fear, There’s Fun. Lots of Fun.

For the 2nd Annual Cape Fear Craft Beer Week, the Ultimate Brewing Championship was a super kick-off event. Local breweries gathered to entertain, showcase their brews, and compete for the honor of Wilmington’s brewer of the moment.

The ten-day celebration of Wilmington’s craft beer culture, Cape Fear Craft Beer Week, runs from March 23rd to April 1st. There are plenty of events to explore local craft beers: tastings, cooking classes, restaurant specials.

The long-awaited week has arrived once again, and we are mid-way into it, but not too far in for you not to take part: it’s Wilmington’s week of Cape Fear craft beer fun!

The Friday night Ultimate Brewing Championship started off the craft beer week with a huge hit. A large crowd filled the Hannah Block Community Arts Center to watch Cape Fear’s skilled local craft brewers go head-to-head in a full-out rivalry, putting their own unique twist of selected brew ingredients to the test.

Upon our arrival, we selected a beer glass that had a list of beers of the night. Each of these 13 brews boasted of ingredients that varied from Oysters & Coffee, Chocolate & Carolina Reapers, Grits & Maple Syrup, to Raspberry & Hibiscus. While we waited for the event to take place, we had our choice of many free local beers to start the night, as well as delicious food options for purchase from one of Port City’s finest food trucks, Port City Que.

Once the competition began, the brew teams and breweries were announced one-by-one, dressed in distinctive costumes to present their own individuality — and intimidate their fellow brewers. Following our brewers’ introductions, attendees (with us among those fortunate souls) were set out to sample the amazing entries of the night.

Each beer offered up its own unique aroma and taste. Not even the most athletic palate could describe 100% of the unique ingredient choices they were tasting. Beers varied from sour, bitter, salty, fruity and aromatic. The night was filled with laughter, good beer, and just a seriously fun time with our fellow local friends and businesses.

Port City Foodie readers, heed this: make sure you don’t miss next year’s Cape Fear Craft Beer fun, especially the brew competition for a night of fun and friendly competition. Year round, don’t forget to support our local breweries.

Oh. And the winner was… Wrightsville Beach Brewery, with their Raspberry and Hibiscus Gose.

 

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2018 Ultimate Brewing Championship winner: Wrightsville Beach Brewery Raspberry Hibiscus Gose

 

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cape fear craft beer fun

 

Visit capefearcraftbeerweek.com for more events. Don’t miss the grand finale, Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine,  a craft beer and food pairing event at Airlie Gardens on Sunday, April 1st.

 

 

 

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