Native breweries supply choice of beers, meals and stay leisure

Breweries are emerging as the latest local trend in the area. Some offer a wide variety of real ales, craft beers, wines, food and not to mention the live entertainment.

There are some that are family friendly, some are pet friendly, but mostly they are people friendly and offer an atmosphere for everyone to enjoy! Here are some of the best places in New Bern and the surrounding area for freshly brewed beers and juicy foods.

Brewery 99

Pollock Street 104, New Bern

Brewery99 is Craven County’s first brewery to open in 2015. The brewery is owned by Pete Frey. The brewery recently moved from 417F Broad Street in downtown New Bern to its current location on Pollock Street.

Frey previously told the Sun Journal that he worked as a photographer and cook before his hobby, brewing, became his current profession. Frey said the name Brewery99 was based on both his birthday, September 9th, and a number of lucky coincidences such as moving to New Bern in 1999, and according to Frey, his brewery was the 99th to open in the state .

The brewery offers their flagship Confignorant Pale Ale, Lunatic Gruit, a hoppless ale with sweet storm, gentian root and mugwort, Smoke Wheat, XXX Belgian Tripel, its sweetest beer, their darkest Hideout Oatmeal Stout, among several other brews to please yours Taste buds.

The opening times are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to sunset, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more informations, visit their website.

Beer Army gastropub

Pollockstrasse 313, Neu Bern

In 2015 the Beer Army Gastrohub opened its doors in New Bern.

Owned by Dustin Canestorp, who founded the Beer Army in 2008, and Buddy Bengel of Bengel Hospitality, the brewery offers a full menu and bar. Canestrop retired from the Marine Corps in 2014 and co-founded the brewery with Bengel in 2015, which is one of the Beer Army is separate unit.

The brewery and restaurant have 16 rotating taps and four house beers and hundreds of different bottled beers. Her specialty is burgers. It also offers wine and spirits. Customers can purchase craft beers for out-of-home consumption along with Beer Army branded goods.

The opening times are from Wednesday to Monday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the kitchen closes at 9 p.m. They are closed on Tuesday. Visit for more information.

Bryan Conway uses a hop basket to add hot peppers to a boiling batch of award-winning craft beers from Brutopia Brewing Company.  A popular homebrewing, bottle shop and taproom, Brutopia opened in 2016.  Brutopia Brewing Company is based at 1201 US-70 East in James City.


1201 US 70 East, New Bern

Br√útopia is a craft beer bar, bottle shop, full service homebrew shop, and brewery that, according to their Facebook page, has 12 continuously rotating craft brews on tap for your enjoyment. The brewery is constantly changing their beers to give customers a wider choice.

They have flights, fill growlers and a mug club that is also available to their customers. Their self-brewery supplies have an air-conditioned / dehumidified grain storage room stocked with a variety of specialty malts and hops. They also sell grain by the pound or ounce, and hops are available in one-ounce increments. The brewery also sells recipe kits from extract to whole grain and the equipment needed for both. The brewery, owned by Tim Dryden and Bryan Conway, opened its doors in James City in 2016. In October 2020 they opened a second location at 460 US 70 in Havelock. Live entertainment and a food truck are available on Friday or Saturday evenings.

The opening times are Monday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 252-652-7040.

Freshwater Beer Co. is located at 902-904 Pollock Street in New Bern

Freshwater Beer Co.

902-904 Pollock Street, New Bern

Freshwater Beer is New Bern’s newest brewery! The brewery officially opened on May 22nd and has been offering a range of craft beers and entertainment since then. Owned by Brandon and Tia Scott-Shaver, the brewery has cozy interiors and outdoor seating.

The opening times are Wednesday and Thursday 4pm to 9pm, Friday 4pm to 10pm, Saturday 4pm to 11pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm.

Tap That Craft Beer, Wine Bar & Restaurant is located on 901B Street in New Bern

Tap craft beer, wine bar and restaurant

901B Pollock Street, New Bern

Tap That recently celebrated its one year anniversary on May 22nd with a huge block party that attended two more breweries featured on the list, Brewery99 and Freshwater Beer, all on Pollock Street.

Owned by Jonathan Davis, this brewery has a wide variety of craft beers, a wine bar and restaurant with a wide variety of food. Live entertainment, drink specials, karaoke, and bingo are just a few of the weekly events that keep customers coming back. It also offers outdoor seating and games like corn hole, bocce ball, and fowling.

The opening times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3pm to 11pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm to midnight, Saturdays from 12pm to midnight and Sundays from 12pm to 11pm. For more information, call 252-288-5853 or visit

The garage is located at 1209 US 70 in James City

The garage

1209 US 70 East, New Bern

The Garage, owned by Marisol Schultz and Daniel Hand, offers 6 of their own brewed craft beers that are brewed on site. They also carry a selection of other craft beers on tap. The brewery has arcade games for the family, an outback stage that hosts live entertainment weekly and karaoke is popular with customers.

Lunch is served from noon every day, and food trucks are often on-site for those enjoying a beer later in the day.

The opening times are Monday and Tuesday 11.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 11.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m., Saturday 12.00 p.m. to midnight and Sunday 12.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 252-288-6077.

Shortway Brewing Co. has received multiple awards for its Crafter beers and ales.

Shortway Brewing Company

230 Chatham St., Newport, NC 28570

This draft brewery is located in Newport, which is between Havelock and Morehead City. They specialize in American ales brewed on site and at their Trenton manufacturing facility. According to their website, their mission is to offer fresh, easy-to-drink beer made with locally sourced ingredients.

Their product is also canned and sold throughout eastern North Carolina. The owners Matt and Lindsey opened the company in 2017. They have a taproom and beer garden and hot kids, dogs and you can even bring your own food. They offer North Carolina snacks, and food trucks can be found on site most evenings. Live entertainment is also part of the raffle for those who want to get out and enjoy a great evening.

The opening times are Monday to Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 252-777-3065 or visit them online at

The New Village Brewery is located in a historic home on Broad Street in Oriental.

The New Village Brewery & Taproom

702 Broad St., Oriental

This brewery is a 1-barrel nano brewery and taproom located in Oriental, Pamlico County. The historic house in which it is located was built in 1910. They serve NC Craft Bee and offer new NC breweries every week while also offering their own beers. The brewery owned by Frank & Lillie Bacon opened in June 2017 and recently celebrated its fourth anniversary. The brewery has a beer garden, a covered porch for those who want to sit outside and enjoy their drink, and they also offer take-away. According to Frank, food trucks are on site 99% of the time on Friday and Saturday.

The opening times are Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The brewery is closed from Sunday to Wednesday. For more information, call 252-249-6132 or visit them online at