Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Outer Banks Brewing StationOuter Banks Brewing Station
BEER AVG
3.85/5
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42 Beers
428 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 100
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Mile Post 8.5
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, 27948
United States
phone: (252) 449-2739

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Photo of Flashy
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went the the OBBS two years ago at the end of a long night and it wasn't fair to review it. Stopped by in early August of 2005 on a hot afternoon with the kids and really enjoyed the place. It is alot more tasteful than you'd expect (decorated with persian rugs hanging from the ceiling and blue stone, slate all over).
Had the rye which was awesome and the brown which was one of the better ones I've had. The wings were DYNAMITE, I would put them in the top ten. I would recommend this place for a nice dinner or a lunch stop after golf (or with the kids). Excellent place.
Combine this place with the Weeping Radish and Awful Arthurs and you have three great places in one area.
Update: Stopped on 4/19/07 and saw that this place get's a decent crowd even during an "off" weekend. Only complaint was the beers were served to cold, at least for my taste.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

If you're on the Outer Banks, this is where you will go. The place has a pretty eclectic, funky kind of vibe. You'll notice a giant wind turbine in the back, which helps to power the brewery. There's also a pirate ship playground out back for the kids. Inside, there is a ton of wall art from all over the place; everything from musical themes to superheroes, newspaper clippings to Viking profiles on burlap. It's pretty cool. Old school bar to the right of the entrance, with a lot of rustic feel and brass. Lots of table seating, as well. The staff is great. We were there with a toddler and an infant, and they were completely accommodating on a fairly busy day. There were 6 beers on tap...I'm guessing they run a little low when it's off season, and pick back up to full capacity for the tourist time. The food was great. Pretty dynamic gastro pub style offerings, with plenty of seafood, which is a must on the coast. I highly recommend stopping here if you find yourself in the OBX.

Photo of DLSheidy
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The food was delicious! Great atmosphere and kid friendly

Photo of vwbus7
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Please take a week and clean the place. I still have faith

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Stopped here during my labor day vacation. Place is pretty big. 2 floors with a large bar downstairs. Our entire party thought the food was pretty good. A little bit pricey for a brew pub but I understand it's a vacation spot. They only had 4 beers on tap. I tried all four and found them all pretty mediocre. Maybe the best place around the outer banks area but that isn't saying much.

Photo of richobrien
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Decent food selection, nothing special, expected a lot more given what we had read before our visit.

Flights were a nice option. Beer was good. Their signature beer with Lemongrass was ok (not worth $16 for a 4pk though).

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The most surprising was that for their stronger beers they gave you a smaller glass "because they pack a kick". Nice selection with a range of beers, the ones I tried were very good. Despite the small glasses with a normal price I like the place. Nice place overall.

Photo of gribos
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Visited to refill our growler that we got several years ago - last time thru they weren't open on the days we were near Kill Devil Hills - now they are open 7 days. very quiet today, did the sampler and enjoyed everything except the "olsh". We were able to fill the growler with their special saison, but a quite a cost $28.00 vs. $16.00 for a normal refill. This place is just OK for me - always looks like it could be a little cleaner, but bartender was pleasant and helpful, beers were pretty good, food looks pretty standard. I'm sure we would stop by if we are nearby again, but it wouldn't be a first stop. We enjoyed a place called "Trios" which I will add if it isn't already on the site.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Visited on a Wed around 5:30, very busy.

Leave the beach early, beat the crowds and hang in the back. Get the four x 7oz sampler to start. To say the least, I was very happy with our visit. I will be back. IMO, their beers are UNDERRATED!

A – Eclectic. Upstairs, rugs on the walls and hanging from the ceiling? Nice long bar. Great outdoor area in the back with live music and a place for the kids to play. Kid friendly.

Q – Fine. All the beers were served in pints, as appropriate.

S - Good service, friendly waiter, no complaints.

S - For a brew pub I thought the beers, of which there were only four at the time (kolsch, wheat, IPA and porter), were great. I was surprised at the quality and breadth. Disappointed that they had run out of the tripel. They had one guest tap - SN Torpedo.

F – Excellent! Try the hush puppies, good kids’ meals.

V - $$$ - $100 before tip for four (2 adults, 2 children). Food can be a bit pricey depending on what you order. Beers were a $$.

Photo of RWLawman
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

ATMOSPHERE- A bit of a tight squeeze, but it was pretty busy when I visited. Here was an outside seating area that looked really nice, and had a live beach-style band playing.

The bar area was where it got pretty congested. Good sized galley-style bar, with about four bartenders working at one time. More on that later. There is an upstairs area that I didn't check out, but downstairs was mostly wood-themed with a kind of older beach-style feel. Pretty nice place.

QUALITY - The food and beers are outstanding. My girlfriend ordered a mixed drink from their menu, and it was well made, also. Everything seemed to be done the right way here. Their tables were a nice heavy wood, and the cleanliness was definitely above average, especially for a place that stayed as busy and heavily traveled.

SERVICE - As mentioned earlier, they had about four bartenders working at one time. This was completely necessary, as they were very busy. However, the bartenders still managed a nice smile and kind disposition when you finally got a chance to order a drink. When we first arrived, they directed us to a table with two chairs, but I ended up having to order our drinks because we were lost in the shuffle. However, about 30 mins later, we were offered a booth that opened up, and the waitress provided exceptional service.

SELECTION - They had bottled beers available for your standard domestics...but why would you come to a place like this to drink beer like that? The selection of craft brews was limited to their in-house stuff. I selected their Abracadabra Brown and Summer Rye Stout, both of which I found pretty damn delicious. They have a full bar, so pretty much any drink you could imagine is a possibility in that category.

FOOD - They had a diverse menu. I had creme brulee for dessert, and my girlfriend had some mac 'n cheese. All in all, we were very impressed.

VALUE - It's in a beach town, guys. That means it's bound to be above average. Don't be surprised when you drop 40 bucks or more on food and a beer with you and your significant other or super-friend.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Even though we went for late lunch on a a weekday, this place was pretty busy and I can imagine it getting real packed at prime lunch time or in the evenings. Interior was nothing special - lots of wood and large glass windows that look into the brewing area.

The beers were well poured with proper amounts of head (it looks like someone actually took the time to make sure each of the beers were served with a proper head). Unfortunately everything was served in a shaker pint which might be my least favorite glass.

Service was OK - not bad but not great either. Took a long time to come over and take an order and slow to refill waters but very attentive to serving the beers promptly.

There was not a huge selection of beers available (only 5 at the time I visited) but they were somewhat interesting takes on more traditional styles which were successful and a nice change of pace that seemed appropriate at the beach. The Lemongrass Wheat and the ESB were the highlights in my opinion - both very refreshing and perfect for a warm day at the beach.

Food was pretty good though I wish that more of the seafood being offered was local seafood rather than fish that are from other area (like the pacific). The food that we tried was quite good and the salad dressing made from the Lemongrass Wheat beer was excellent.

Prices were in line with other places at the beach, that is to say a touch higher than I would expect for places elsewhere in NC.

Photo of eribo
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I have recently decided that when I am on vacation, the souvenir that I am going to buy will be a growler from a local brewery.

In 2012, we were at the Outer Banks, and after some research, decided to try the Outer Banks Brewing Station.

We stopped here for a late lunch, and we are glad we did. The food and the atmosphere were excellent. The service was a little slow, but was to be expected, since it was a rainy day at the beach, they were very busy, and we did not really mind since this allowed us to really savor the food and the beer.

The real reason for the stop was the beer, so we bought a sampler of 4 beers, Olsch, Lemongrass Wheat, Vikings Liking, and Altimeter. An excellent variety of beers, and I decided to fill my souvenir growler with the Vikings Liking.

I highly recommend the Outer Banks Brewing Station as a stop for a meal and drinks. One of the highlights of our vacation this year.

Photo of stakem
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped by the outer banks brewing station during a recent vacation. The place is fairly decent sized but it fills up quite fast. During my visit, we opted for seats at the bar and partook of the brews without looking at the food menu. The bar runs a length that sets roughly 30 or so. All around are tables and booths for additional seating. There appears to be outside seating as well under umbrellas.

The quality of the brew was far above average. During my visit, the brews available consisted of a Kolsch, blond, tripel, ipa, porter, brown and in bottles was a lemongrass wheat. There was talk of several barrel aged sours also available in bottles but during my visit i was only able to try one and it was done very well. A bit pricy at $9 for 11oz but worth a try. The real standout brews for me were their captains porter and the single-hopped ipa. Perhaps my opinion is a bit exaggerated since we got some of the first pours from the freshly tapped keg but it was very fresh and well done.

The service is the real bottle neck of this establishment. Everything about my visit was superior except the service. The bartender taking care of me was either a dick, liar or just mis-informed. (More on this later.) He was not prompt, my glass was left empty for long durations at a time while he ran by like a chicken with his head cut off taking care of other orders. I would have loved to fill some growlers to go but considering how long it took just to get a beer refill... Anyway, not only was the service a bit off with timeliness but a person in my party ordered a sampler and it was presented wrong. The porter and the brown were mixed up and the bartender stood by his guns proclaiming the porter was lighter than the brown ale. Another bartender confirmed the mixup. I can let that mixup slide but when asking about the bottled beers to go, service took a real turn south. I was given a menu with 5 different beers listed as available to go. Unfortunately the 3 i wanted to try the most were all sold out. Yes, thats right, 3/5 of the beers listed were not available. Instead of showing off more of what you dont have than what you do, why not just name/describe the only 2? I then asked if these bottled beers were put into any distribution so that maybe I could still try them by picking them up elsewhere. The bartender told me that all of their beers are onsite only. Nothing goes into distribution, you have to go there to get it. After I left, I stopped at 3 bottle shops/beer stores. All 3 of them had some of the bottles in question with "more deliveries" coming soon.

Despite our bartender, it is an esrablishment I would visit again. However, instead of sitting at the bar I think I would rather opt for a table and have the expected slower service than to deal with that character again.

Photo of dhartogs
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Went here on New Years Eve day. Very cool inside, spacious, high ceilings. Went with a group of 6. I wanted the sampler tray, but they were out of their IPA and the Stout, which was a bummer. Their Lemon Grass Wheat was their best offering. Food was mediocre at best. The appetizers started off good, the calamari and okra. But the main courses were not good. Got their chicken sandwich which claims to be why people visit the place. It was gross. It was breaded way too much like fish and chips, the bun was small and crumbly and very little sauce. The pulled pork tasted like tuna fish salad. My advice, go for beer instead. The beer was quite nice.

Photo of dlj
4.5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have ben in this location several times with my wife. The wait staff is excellent and the food is great. Had an excellent stout this last weekend and a decent triple. The atmosphere is nice with a variety of locals and tourists. The value is good, beer definetley above average and the food is above par. The mussels are the best I have had south of Berthas in Baltimore. The lemongrass wheat is worth the trip, Had the conquest IPA which I would rate a B, the triple a b and the stout an a-. A pleasant trip all in all

Photo of travisnd
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been here a few times but went recently with my wife right before the last Hurricane. We sat in the bar area in a booth and it was a nicely light area of the place. The food was just awesome! I had a hard time choosing between the ribs or pork chops and chose the pork chops and what a great choice I made. The lager I had was exceptional. It was very dark in color but very smooth in taste and went very well with the pork chops. The wife had wine and a pasta dish and raved about it all night. She actually wanted to go back the next night but we didn't. I ended up taking home a Growler filled with the lager and the Growler was very reasonable compared to other's I've purchased, especially filled! Will be going back when I'm back in the OBX!

Photo of Jimmys
3.63/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

stopped in over the weekend while i was in nags head, nc for a wedding. building is pretty unique looking from the outside with a large wind turbine seen behind. the inside has spacious ceilings that gives a church-like atmosphere. washed up bricks are embedded into the floor.

service was good. prompt and as attentive as i need it to be. i ordered a sampler consisting of Olsch, Conquest IPA, Abracadabra Brown, and Dog House Tripel. all were pretty good w/ the IPA and the Tripel being the standouts. as for food, sampled the bottlecap jalapeno poppers and the portobella press. the bottlecaps were okay, but a little cold. the press was very good and a nice change from typical brewpub/bar food.

overall, average prices and tasty brews/food make this a good place to stop by if you are in the area. it is also worth noting that there was a sizable stage and lighting and i heard they have a decent amount of live music.

Photo of YumYumGumGum
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

A: We went for live music on 8/19/11. Great family atmosphere and we actually played cornhole in the backyard near the music. Lots of kids running around outside, but still very nice.

Q: Beer is good. I suggest the Deep-briney Porter on tap or growler to-go.

S: Average, very attentive when ordering drinks of course.

S: Only, 4 beers there when I went, but they must rotate a lot, but I've only been once, but I enjoyed their 4 on tap. This is not a mega-tap bar or anything.

F: Fine. over-priced and decorated. Only reason it even got a 2.5 was their Onion Rings were fantastic and my date's crab cakes were excellent.

Entrees are all $20+ but bar is reasonable. Stop in for a drink, its worth it.

Photo of mobud
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in with my family for a quick bite and beer. Nice space with a beach house feel; a door in the back leads to a beer garden type space with a pirate ship for the kids to play on while the folks drink their beers. I had the BBQ pork sammy and it was tasty; came with hush puppies and good slaw so I was good to go. Price was fair for a beach town, not cheap but not a bargain either. Tried several beer including the Red Ale (exact name escapes me), the porter, and the Lemongrass wheat. All were good but nothing that I would go crazy for. The service was OK, our server made a mistake on my bill and took care of the problem promptly. My wife did not drink, but enjoyed her lunch and the vibe of the place. Just a note , we were there at 3pm between meals so I can not speak to how busy it gets or how they operate. It was almost empty when we rolled in and folks started to wander in as we were leaving. Would say try this place if in the area; don't drive too far out of your way if outside of the area.

Photo of aeibrean
1.43/5  rDev -62.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2

Great concept, poorly executed. Unimpressed is the best word for my visit here. The beer was not good.it tasted soapy.In fact I drank a national after tasting their product The service was slow and unprofessional . The food was not very tasty. In fact it was rather bland. I had a " Cajun" dish, it was dull as dishwater. It tasted like the pasta was cooked in dishwater. The server was disinterested and inattentive. Every request was a burden to her, including accommodating a life threatening allergy.
I will not be back. I highly recommend going elsewhere.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.78/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by with the family for a late lunch.
It's looks like a big white barn on the outside and the inside is industrial shabby chic.
Like there is pressed copper about exposed tin roof and ventalation ducting but there is also tapistries hanging on the wall.
There is an eating area and bar area. the eaating area has a stage for bands just unfer a wall of windows.
There is a view of the brew house behind large windows in the dining room.
There also is an upstairs.
Dinner menu and specials looked about average, I really wanted a big fat burger anyway.
Had three beers: olsch; pipeline pale and abracadabra brown.
All beers were pretty good, slightly above average in my opinion.
The dames serving are all pretty cute esspecially in there tight balck pants.
I found that all three of the beers that I got paired nicely with waitress in tight black pants.
The gift shop is just a little nook and is efficient.
A good place to go, i wish they had more beers on tap. Tap list is a bit short

Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Visit 6 29 11

Atmosphere. I quite like the atmoshphere of a spacious room with a great back grass area with live music and a place for the kids to run around. It is a cross between a college bar, a modern restaurant and a barn or silo building. Interesting and comfortable.

Quality. Good quality, except for the beer which was exceedingly average except for Sledgehammer and Tongs which was well above average.

Service. Very good indeed. Every one was kind, patient and responsive. The waiter brought out a "rush order" for the kids within about 3 minutes.

Selection. Five "house" beers and one guest tap (the very good Allagash White), along with lots and lots of bottles means that the selection was not extensive but fair.

Food. This is where this place really shines. Simply exemplary food. I had the sesame seared Tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes and it was excellent.

Value: All things considered, a reasonable value.

Photo of TJBAIHWL
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Came here for lunch on my last day down in the Outer Banks. The inside was pretty cool. The brewing equipment was visible through a series of glass windows, but the exposed metal ceiling and ventilation pipes running along the walls gave the whole place a sort of unfinished feel. We were seated at a table near the bar. Our server was prompt and attentive. I got a flight of 4 beers. My overall impression of the beers was that the brewers weren't crazy about sticking to style, with the exception of the Hefe, which was far and away the best of the bunch. My only complaint about the food was that brats on my sandwich were a little tough. Still, everything else about the meal was good. The beers and service were good. It's worth a stop, but in my experience there were just a few small details that kept the experience from being amazing.

Photo of HUXC
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The Outer Banks Brewing Station is a small, still relatively new, establishment. The outside gives the feel of an old dusty farmhouse with containment tanks and windmills. Inside the bar they have a little bit of information about the brewery and how it operates. It is entirely dependent on wind energy (hence the windmill outside), it costs about 50 grand to put one of those windmills in, and it pays for itself in about 10 years. Inside, against the back wall, they have glass windows peering into their very small brewery. I would have liked to see and read more on how everything works, but it looks like they were more focused on the restaurant side of the business. At the bar it was a little difficult to get the attention of the staff. They weren't overly knowledgeable of the kinds of beers they made and were a little snobby. However, the selection was pretty good, having a lot of in house beers that I've never tried before. I had the sampler which was four, six oz beers of your choice which was pretty reasonably priced. I didn't try their food, but was impressed with most of the different beers that I tried. Overall this place was interesting and entertaining. I would recommended this place to tourists and beer enthusiasts alike.

Photo of jale
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Have wanted to stop here for a long time and was glad to find decent beer in this part of the country. Big tourist area so I was'nt expecting much along the lines of drinkable beer. I tried three beers and found them to be quite good compared to many other breweries in the area. The food was very good and I will stop there again for the beer and food. The menu is'nt to extensive but what I tried was outstanding. The flounder, crab cakes and fries are far above average and well worth the trip. Wait staff seemed somewhat aloof leaving me the impression they are geared toward the masses versus beer geeks like me. This looks like an old barn inside with the tall ceilings. Overall this is a good place to stop for a beer and something to eat.

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Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC
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