Wrightsville Beach Brewery is committed to being a different kind of brewery, both in the beers we make and the impact we have in our community. Our mission is to educate our customers about good environmental stewardship and contribute to the sustainability of local charities while also making tremendous beers. Making beer and giving back to the community have equal standing with us. One does not trump the other. This is why we have partnered with 11 local non-profits to donate proceeds from our rotating “Beer of the Month”. For each month of an 11 month cycle, a different nonprofit will receive proceeds from our featured beer. Then in December (the season of giving), we will give 11% of all beer proceeds to support all 11 of our partners. To find out more about the non-profits we partner with, check out our BEERS page. Why 11%? It’s widely accepted in a variety of faith groups that people should give away 10% of their income, right? So why not do ‘em one better, and give a little extra?!
A long, long time ago in an estuary not that far away, three brainless local oystermen were out at their favorite secret oystering spot, "knocking" a couple of bushels. They got to thinking about a perplexing question that desperately needed an answer: “Why was it that Wrightsville Beach, home to some of the world’s tastiest oysters, oysters which they thought were best accompanied by beer, didn’t have a local brewery??? These three brainless oystermen came from a family that had been gathering Wrightsville Beach’s bounty for generations. They knew beer was always consumed (in rather large quantities) at the backyard oyster roasts, shrimp-a-roos and low country boils that their family hosted for friends. And yet, why hadn't anyone thought to make their own beer? So two of the oystermen, knowing far more about seafood than beer, started home brewing. Their first batch of beer was amazing...ly flat! Turns out yeast doesn't take heat as well as an oyster does. The second batch wasn't much better—apparently using the same equipment for brewing beer as steaming seafood wasn’t the best idea. After this discovery they invested in the proper equipment, never (ok... rarely) intermingling brewing beer with steaming oysters again. As the years passed, three oystermen became two, and then two became one. Despite these losses, many solid friends stepped up to support the last oysterman in making his family’s dream a reality. Now, surrounded by friends far more competent than he, the last brainless oysterman has become a reluctant brewer (still preferring time in the marsh to time stirring wort). This oysterman, his waaaayy more intelligent wife and his group of friends / staff make for a team that guarantees your brews are tasty, your seafood is fresh and the atmosphere is always inviting—just like at a backyard oyster roasts for friends.