Craft Beers and Wines Produced on the Crystal Coast
The reason visitors and locals alike have such a passion for local beer and wines is because they want to experience everything about the Crystal Coast in its truest sense. Imported beverages can be found anywhere; it’s the ones made right nearby that leave folks longing for a taste and consistently craving more.
Some of the best local brews can be found at Harrika’s Brew Haus, named one of the 2013 Top 100 Beer Bars in the USA by Draft Magazine. With more than 400 beer kegs, more than 750 bottled beers and a unique selection on tap daily, Harrika’s truly has a brew for all possible types of beer lovers. The brewery also offers:
- 400 beers kegs
- 750 bottled beers
- A unique selection on tap daily
- 75 varieties of tea
- Freshly brewed coffee
- An eclectic assortment of gift items including pottery, local honey, beer bread and retro prints
Guests enjoy tapping their feet to live music on Saturday nights, and you’re invited to settle down with your favorite brew and a cheese plate on the back patio to enjoy the tastes, sounds and sights of the unforgettable Crystal Coast.
You’ll also find a rich selection of brews at Island Grille Restaurant & Bar in Atlantic Beach. Varieties come from different parts of the state including Winston Salem, Farmville and Kinston as well as specialty options that are difficult to find elsewhere. Beer lovers will be especially delighted to join Island Grille on the second Sunday of every month for a Beer Luncheon—four delectable courses paired with four craft brews.
At Riverside Steak & Seafood, patrons will be delighted to find a superb selection of USDA Choice Beef along with North Carolina seafood, and this can all be washed down with a nice cold brew from their varied selection. With 25 bottled selections and six beers on tap, there’s surely something for every ale enthusiast to love.
How about a side of magnificent sunset with your icy beverage? McCurdy’s Restaurant & Deck is the only place in Atlantic Beach that boasts unmatched views of the setting sun where diners gather on the covered patio. Many seafood and pasta dishes found here are crafted from the freshest ingredients that North Carolina’s bounty has to offer, and there is the largest beer selection on the island including stouts, ales, porters and wheat that’s perfectly paired with your straight-from-the-docks seafood.
Of course beer isn’t the only beverage that combines nicely with seafood. North Carolina’s thriving wine industry is giving visitors even more of a reason to want to taste the fruits of labor from the many grape growers and vintners throughout the region.
Muscadine is a popular grape for this region that produces a sweet, dessert-style wine. When made correctly, muscadine wine retains a refreshing and often nostalgic taste of the grape itself. However, many vineyards have chosen to plant the classic wine grapes of California and Europe:
- Sauvignon blanc
Whether your passion is centered around grapes or hops—or even both—you’ll love the state’s endless bounty of edible and drinkable delights that will always leave you lusting for more.