Wilmington Brew Works, after producing craft beer and cider in Wilmington’s Ninth Ward neighborhood since early last summer, will soon unveil its first packaged beer, Eloquation.
Eloquation will be the first bottled beer from a Wilmington production brewery since 1954. Previously, sales were confined to the brewery.
Eloquation, a triple India pale ale (IPA), was the brewery’s first choice for bottling, due to a specific request from national distributor Tavour.
Craig Wensell, Wilmington Brew Works’ CEO and head brewer, said he was excited when Tavour contacted him.
The initial limited run 22-ounce “bomber” bottles of Eloquation will first be sold via allocation lottery for $15 at Wilmington Brew Works’ taproom beginning Wednesday, May 1.
The brewery will issue free lottery tickets on social media channels on Tuesday, April 30, allowing each ticket holder to purchase up to two bottles each the following day.
“We know this is really exciting for Wilmington, and for our customers who supported us all year. By allocating up to two bottles each, we’re able to ensure that everyone who wants to enjoy Eloquation, can,” said Keith Hughes, the brewery’s chief financial officer/chief operating offir.
Eloquation comes in at 11.9% alcohol by volume.
The bottle label describes the brew as “a mind-numbing blend of honey and Victory malts. The suggestion of orange blossoms is due to an addition of honey and a combination of Citra, Simcoe, and Nugget dry hopping.”
Wilmington Brew Works is the first production brewery to be located in Wilmington’s city limits since 1954.
The brewery offers ales, lagers, sours, ciders, and soft drinks. The company’s family-friendly taproom and indoor and outdoor seating, including an available private room.