Our destination: Wilmington, NC, a bustling college town on the Cape Fear River, with lots to do and see, and plenty of well established and up-and-coming breweries and brew pubs.
This time out we stopped at Flytrap Brewing Company , a young nano-brewery which first opened in October of 2014. My father, knowing our love of travel and brew pub exploration, sent us a news article about the brewery. We could not resist the temptation of a road trip to NC to check it out.
The brewery and taproom are housed in a smallish white brick building on the corner of N 4th St and Walnut, but do not let the size fool you. Flytrap boasts a 2 BBL brewing capacity – that means one batch is roughly 27 cases of beer, or about 12.5 corny kegs, for your reference – with four main fermenters on hand so they keep their taps charged with a unique variety of American and Belgian style ales, which are constantly changing. There are some standards, but you never really know what's on tap.
The day of our visit they had four Flytrap offerings and five guest beers available. The friendly barman poured us two flights which included Flytrap's Hoppy Tripel , Rehder's Red , a Saison and Belgian Blond . All very tasty and unique, especially the Tripel which was made with a generous amount of American hops. I would call it a Tripel IPA, if there could really be such a beer. I guess there can though. We see all kinds of IPAs; Black IPAs, Rye IPAs, why not a Belgian Tripel IPA?
Cindy's fave was the Rehder's Red , though she appreciated the Hoppy Tripel too, she is partial to Belgian style ales and IPAs.
The guest brews on tap were good too, and the selection changes up regularly just like the Flytrap original offerings. Our flight included Double Barley's Touché IPA , Left Coast Hop Juice , Eel River's Emerald Triangle IPA , and a couple of others I forgot to jot down.
The atmosphere is very laid back, clean and cool. An industrial edge with some woody charm. They have an outside seating area where you can grab some dinner from a featured food truck every Friday and Saturday, sometimes Thursday, between 7pm and 10pm, along with live music. Visit their website and check the calendar for more details.
Back inside you can always grab an appetizer or snack provided by The Veggie Wagon , a Wilmington local family-owned produce company sourcing from local farms and small batch producers. We had some Oven-Baked Multi-Grain crackers with a Jalepeño Jack Beer Dip . A tad hot but very tolerable, and very tasty.
Cindy wanted to bring the remaining dip back to the house with us but when she turned toward me after chatting with my sister for a few minutes the dip was long gone, so were the chips. I was gulping down the rest of a beer sample to quench the burn, but it was worth it.
In all we found Flytrap very enjoyable. A great atmosphere with impressive original ales and a friendly, knowledgable staff. I highly recommend a stop by this brewery if you're in the Wilmington, NC area. Flytrap's beers are well worth the stop and you might just meet someone interesting to talk to.
For sure we will be stopping by Flytrap the next time we're in town, just to see what surprises they have on tap.
Stop by the Flytrap Brewing Co. Facebook page and keep up to date about what's going on.