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Front Street Brewery

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Front Street BreweryFront Street Brewery
BA SCORE
85
very good

56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 193
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

9 North Front Street
Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401
United States
phone: (910) 251-1935

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fsbrewery

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woodchip, Jul 18, 2014
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3.06/5  rDev -19.9%

I wasn’t expecting much when I went into the sole brewery in the beach town of Wilmington, North Carolina, partly because NC’s brewing scene is still developing and partly because, well, it’s a small beach town. And it’s a good thing I wasn’t expecting much, because that’s exactly what I got.
As it was, I was pretty content.

The location is pretty standard for what I’ve come to expect in a small-but-tourist-laden town. With a large number of historic brick buildings to choose from in Wilmington—after all, it is a port city in one of the original colonies—the site was sure to be charming. And it was. Lots of woodwork and unpretencious beer-inspired decorations made for a pleasant atmosphere.

The World Beer Cup awards hanging on the wall didn’t hurt either.

It was crowded on the Saturday evening we stopped in. No surprise there—it’s a family restaurant in a tourist town. There were a few more children running about then I would prefer in a brewery, but then again, there were a few more children running around then I would prefer anywhere. Despite the bustle, the two of us were seated immediately and a beer flight came not long after.

The selection was pretty decent. There were more beers than spots on the flight, so we just started working our way down the list. Nothing jumped out at me, and none of the styles were surprising. The blonde was actually pretty tasty for the style, the IPA had a nice finish, and the amber was, as always, palatable.

By the end we had ordered our food and had a second flight delivered, with all new beers except one. There again weren’t many surprises, except for their recent award-winning spring ale, which definitely lived up to the billing. I don’t usually go in for spring ales, but this one was different somehow. It had depth and layers of flavor rather than just being crisp and refreshing.

The food that came out of the kitchen was pretty on par with the food. It was good, fine and decent, but it lacked a wow factor. I got a classic pulled pork sandwich with barbecue sauce and coleslaw on top with a side of mashed potatoes. The sandwich was on par and the mashers were phenomenal. I don’t even want to know how much butter, cream and salt went into those things. My wife ordered a fried green tomato BLT, with chipotle remoulade on grilled sourdough. By the sound of it, the sandwich should have been heavenly. For whatever reason, it was average.

Despite the large number of customers, I felt pretty well tended. I wish we weren’t stuck at a table amongst a ton of families with small children, but I guess that’s what you sign up for in a tourist town.

In any case, the next time I’m in Wilmington, I might stop in for a single beer, but I won’t be having dinner here.

bigkingken, Jul 10, 2014
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Bamarooster, Jul 02, 2014
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BradShook, Jun 26, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +3.1%

Been to this place a handful of times. This has a great feel all around. Outdoor seating in front of the entrance, a long L-shaped bar and downstairs booth seating, and an upstairs with additional table seating. This place can pack it in on the weekends, too. Especially in the summertime, or if there is a major sporting event going on. As far as that goes, there are tvs strewn throughout the establishment, so you can never really land in a seat that will cause you to miss anything. Along with their 10-12 beers on-tap, the Front Street Brewery has become one of the top Whiskey bars in NC. A huge, impressive list of whiskey/bourbon/scotch available here. When seated, the service is tremendous. Friendly, attentive, and prompt. At the bar, I've had mixed reviews. At times, it's been spot on. Other times, I have stood there doing everything in my power to grab the bartender's attention short of throwing a stool through the back mirror, and those times have not been particularly busy. Other than that, I have no complaints. They provide brewery tours, and the brewing equipment is viewable opposite the bar when you walk through. They have beer to go in the form of growlers, as well as the occasional rare bomber release, which have been some damn tasty beers. The food is great! Standard pub fare, but quite a lengthy selection. And there are always specials rotating on food, drinks, and beer. If you find yourself in Wilmington (and you should, it's a great town with a rapidly growing craft beer scene) you should definitely hit this place up!

GarthDanielson, Jun 23, 2014
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WesMantooth, May 29, 2014
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If you're in the area - definitely check this place out. It's got a nice old world vibe, lots of wood - neat space. Their brews are solid and the food is good. We stopped by several times on our last vacation to the area and we were always glad we did. Great service too.

Mantooth, May 07, 2014
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kristougher, Mar 27, 2014
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buzzy, Mar 17, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -4.2%

Oldest brewpub in eastern nc. Food is good, Beer is worth the visit and the bourbon selection is very good, I enjoy there wheat and India pale ale,Worth a visit if you are in the area. They are very active in local issues and the atmosphere is very nice.

dlj, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

kvnklingler, Feb 10, 2014
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sonnydeezy, Feb 02, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +12%

A very beautiful location in Wilmington downtown with the riverfront on the back side. I tried their sampler and it was presented and served in a professional manner with the rate beer rating sheet. Excellent and timely service. Do try their beers and visit the place if you are in Wilmington. I went for a walk with my wife after trying the beers and it was a great experience overall. Recommended.

AmitC, Dec 28, 2013
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flipdog0, Dec 18, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

I've come here quite a few times and every time I really enjoy it. Never eaten here, but i've seen the food they put out, and it looks very delicious. So far, my favorite beer I've had here so far is the sinful stout. It is actually on of the best beers that I've ever had. The bartenders are knowledgeable about what they serve so that is always a plus! I've also had their scottish beer which was very good, but had a bit of an unappetizing finish.

dredz_126, Nov 07, 2013
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Ohiovania, Oct 11, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +15.4%

Another one of Wilmington's go-to spots, especially if you wanna support local brews! Front Street certainly focuses extensively on both beer and food, but the latter never outweighs the former. From Dram Tree Scottish Ale to Brett the Hitman Tart (Wild Ale), there is certainly a lot of creativity going on in the back of house.

Servers/bartenders are friendly and provide good service, and the brewers provide a brief tour and explanation of the brewing process during weekday afternoons (talk to Kelsie or Kevin about getting the REAL tour!). There's always an interesting one-off or seasonal on tap, so check back in often to see what cool new beer they have!

hellhammermario, Aug 25, 2013
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Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.