Front Street Brewery

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery

9 North Front Street
Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401
United States

(910) 251-1935 | map

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Ratings by Oakley:
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Rated by Oakley from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Sep 24, 2015
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Rated: 4 by Captain69 from Illinois

Jul 11, 2018
Rated: 4.53 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Mar 21, 2018
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Reviewed by briandschorr from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
As a FOH manager I tend to be hard on the service. The staff is friendly and do a good job overall. I just happened to get two that were either new or need more training. Overall, this is a good venue to relax and have a cold one. They have good crab dip, etc., for food.
Aug 09, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by zimm421 from Ohio

Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by Sam_The_Elder from Iowa

Dec 20, 2016
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Reviewed by logicalparadox from New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25
Vibe: pretty good mix of a cozy/friendly atmosphere, with open space and lots of fun going on. Plenty of seating. My wife and I went with our 2 year old, who wasn't entirely well-behaved, and it wasn't an issue at all, so I would call it family friendly.

Quality: Meh. I tried all the beers on the menu. The beers range from not very good, to good/OK, to 2 that hit or exceeded the 4 mark. So, I'd call it inconsistent. All the beers were drinkable, but with so much good beer out there mediocre has become a hard sell for me. There were so many other breweries in Wilmington that I wish I would have tried instead. They seem price-focused (blessing, to be sure, but possibly also a sign that they are less concerned with quality). $1.99 mug of the day specials are hard to beat. I'd rather pay more and get better beer and food.

Service: The staff are all young, but very attentive and high energy. Service was very good overall. Our server even hooked me up so that my beer selections cost me less (I ordered custom flights and just ended up getting everything on the menu anyway, whereas she saved me a few bucks by charging me as though I'd purchased the pre-planned flights. Unfortunately, our server didn't seem to really know beer at all.

Food: pub fare. We ordered all apps and just snacked more than ate a proper meal, but that's because nothing else on the menu that was calling out to us. Most of the menu is sandwiches and burgers. Of our appetizer buffet, most everything was fried, but fried well. Pickle chips were good. The fries were nice and crisp, but covered in a fake butter sauce that seemed like the sauce pizza chains give you to dip your bread sticks. The fries did come with a truffled aioli, though, which was nice even though I knew all they did was put a drop or two of truffle oil into premade mayo. The grit cakes were very tasty, and the beer nuggets were a novel item. The pretzel was OK, but I've had better.

Overall, an OK brewpub; but, considering the other local options, I'm amazed they aren't getting out-competed.
Dec 01, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by George1005 from Connecticut

Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Jul 23, 2016
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Reviewed by DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25
Right on Front Street (duh). Basically a full blown restaurant with taps of their own beer. Family atmosphere. In fact, three kids were sitting at the bar. Yep. I think they had 12 drafts. Some were good (BA Tripel), most were average, and some horrible (non BA Tripel). Service was good. Beertender let us know where we should visit next. Food was good. Great Cuban sandwich. Overall, an ok place. Food was better than the beer.
Jul 02, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by qcbrewer from North Carolina

May 14, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by rmank from South Carolina

Nov 30, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by outdoor7or24 from Georgia

Aug 02, 2015
Rated: 4.26 by aking32753 from Massachusetts

Jul 29, 2015
Rated: 4.33 by RockyM72 from Florida

Jun 14, 2015
Rated: 4.48 by rvandergrift from North Carolina

Apr 10, 2015
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Rated by Wvwineguy from West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
Staff aloof beer good food decent
Worth a visit
Jan 31, 2015
Rated: 4.3 by LannahC from North Carolina

Jan 22, 2015
Rated: 3.56 by cvengeance from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Devil_Doc from Texas

Oct 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Highbury09 from North Carolina

Aug 13, 2014
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Rated by Niedzws from New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Great place for local brew and food.
Aug 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Aug 13, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by woodchip from North Carolina

Jul 18, 2014
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Reviewed by bigkingken from North Carolina

3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3
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.
Jul 10, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Bamarooster from Virginia

Jul 02, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by BradShook from North Carolina

Jun 26, 2014
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4
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!
Jun 23, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Hop-o-saurus from California

Jun 12, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by RyanAU from North Carolina

Jun 05, 2014
Rated: 3 by WesMantooth from Ohio

May 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by GJ40 from North Carolina

May 23, 2014
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Reviewed by Mantooth from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
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.
May 07, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by kristougher from North Carolina

Mar 27, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Mar 17, 2014
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Reviewed by dlj from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75
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.
Feb 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by kvnklingler from Ohio

Feb 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by sonnydeezy from North Carolina

Feb 02, 2014
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Reviewed by AmitC from New York

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
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.
Dec 28, 2013
Rated: 4 by flipdog0 from North Carolina

Dec 18, 2013
Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC
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