First brewery for Oak Island set to open soon – StarNewsOnline.com

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series highlighting construction projects in the Wilmington area to let readers know what is being built or renovated.

Address:  8108 East Oak Island Drive on Oak Island 

What was here: The lot was empty.

What is it? Michael Bartlett is opening Solar Brewing. Co., Oak Island’s first brewery. 

He is hoping to open by late summer and is planning on having 16 taps available to customers with a 50-person seating capacity. 

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Most of the taps will feature beer that will be made in-house but he expects to also have beer from other Wilmington area breweries. Bartlett thinks that the local breweries can help one another succeed and believes they are “not in completion with each other, we’re in completion with the mass beer market.” 

Work continues on Solar Brewing. Co. at 8108 East Oak Island Dr. In Oak Island, N.C., Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The brewery will be Oak Island's first and will feature 16 taps with capacity for 50 people. [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]

The reason for the the name is two-fold. The first is that Oak Island is a resort beach community with plenty of sunshine and the second is that Bartlett supports green energy and plans on installing solar panels on his roof in the future.

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Since the area is popular with families Bartlett hopes to make the atmosphere family friendly and to offer a craft soft drink line to go along with the extensive beer selection. 

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