34 N Front St, Wilmington, NC Sunday - Thursday: 11am-9pm | Friday and Saturday: 11am-10pm (910) 769-5452 | We do not take reservations

AboutBeer Barrio



Chef Stephen Durley is extremely well-rounded, with degrees in Baking & Pastry, Restaurant & Hospitality Management, and Culinary Arts. He has worked as a baker, pastry cook, savory cook, and Chef. He and wife Hayley Jensen are also avid homebrewers. He has worked for some of New York City’s most prestigious chefs, such as Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. He also served as Executive Chef at well-known Craft Beer Bars Rattle & Hum and Taproom No. 307. He has appeared on television on Beat Bobby Flay. Chef Stephen describes the food menu at first restaurant Beer Barrio as “beer-infused modern Mexican with a Southern twist.” Skytown Beer Company, a second venture, features Chef Stephen’s favorite barbecue styles from around the country including Carolina pulled pork, Texas Brisket, St. Louis ribs, and even smoked jackfruit! He also prides himself on sourcing the majority of our ingredients locally.



Beer Sommelier Hayley Jensen serves as both as Beverage Director and General Manager. Hayley began her restaurant career in her teens, working in every position from drive-thru, to hostess, to server, bartender, beverage director, and general manager. Her passion for beer led her to Europe where she traveled the beer countries. She lived in London to further hone her skills, working for an importer/distributor, as well as in an acclaimed craft beer store and pub. Her career-making moment, however, was in New York City, where during her time at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, she became Chef Daniel Boulud’s first Beer Sommelier. She has expansive media experience, appearing on The Today Show, Fox & Friends, NYC’s Nightly News, The Better Show, and more. She also serves on the Beer Tasting Panel at the NY Times and has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, in addition to many other print publications. Her dream came true when she opened two restaurants and a brewery with her family!


Interiordesigner and manager Carol Jensen

Carol Jensen serves as interior designer and manager at Beer Barrio and Skytown Beer Company. She has years of entrepreneurial experience, and has owned several hair salons and other small businesses. Her keen eyes, and her sourcing and designing unique decor is what really makes Beer Barrio and Skytown such an interesting spaces. She has designed lighting, painted fine art, built furniture, designed tables, logos, and basically everything that makes the restaurants beautiful! Her restaurant design has been featured in Nest Magazine.