Oak Island’s first brewery looks to open this summer

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Oak Island will soon be the home to a brewery. This will be a first for the island.


Solar Brewing Company’s namesake stems from plans to install solar panels to help supply power to the new business.

The brewpub will have 16 taps, will offer pizza, and visitors will have the opportunity to tour the brewery.

Owner Michael Bartlett says he hopes to offer a unique experience to those who visit his brewery.

“I want to have a little bit of everything, everybody expects to see IPA’s and we’ll have them, but I think probably a little bit more on the unusual side, you can probably expect me to make some sours, like a Flander’s red, because we have a, kind of a wine oriented community here on Oak Island,” said Michael Bartlett, owner of Solar Brewing Company.

Bartlett also said that he is glad to bring the brewery experience to Oak Island.

“It’s really an honor and a privilege to be the first brewery representing this community, and I may be the first, but I really hope to not be the last,” said Bartlett.

The Southport Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce says the brewery will be a great addition to the area’s economy.

“It’s an attraction,” Executive Vice-President Karen Sphar said. “People like to go to breweries. So, it will attract people to the area, which means some of the restaurants will gain, and the shops, you know just the whole economy will be boosted by having a brewery in our area.”

Solar Brewing Company is expected to open this summer between June and August.
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