Outer Banks Brewing Station
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 419
Beer Avg: 3.94
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3.56/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Based on the big, silo looking thing out front, I thought this was a farmers market until I saw the sign. Upon further reflection, kinda thought it looked like a church. At any rate, on to the important stuff....
Inside was lots of wood and a big bar area. Seating to the left as you enter, with the bar to the right. Bar would probably seat 30+.
Service was fine, but could have been a bit more friendly.
Selection consisted of 6 beers, and I didn't notice what they had as guest taps or bottle options. They were serving a stout, a brown ale, a hefe, a kolsch, an IPA, and a strong ale. I didn't try the hefe or the strong ale, and, in my opinion, the brown ale was the pick of the litter. I found all of them to be pretty solid, just nothing spectacular.
Prices for pints and growlers were a little high ($20/growler fill, not sure if that included cost of growler).
Overall, not fantastic, but the OBX doesn't offer too many options, so it was nice that it was available.
09-04-2007 15:18:31 | More by
3.1/5 rDev -19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped here last friday was here on vacation. The place looked a bit like a metal pole barn had a large fermenter outside was easy to spot.
The inside was good sized had a sound stage to the left lots of seating we were seated upstairs in a nice loft area. We were seated immedatly around 4:00. The place strated to fill up right after we were seated was packed when we left.
We ordered a sampler rack for $6.00 had four 6 oz. beers on it,a kolsh,brown.ipa and stout. The beers were decent nothing great. Did also order a Belgian Strong ale which was by far the best beer they had that night.Also had a guest beer i belive it was an Allagash and some macro's i belive.
The service was good we ordered some appitizers wings,totilla chips with cheese,bean.salsa and calimari all were very good.Ordered some fish and chips also very good, large portions. The ribs we ordere were the only thing not very good were cold and fatty. Everything else was good.
Had some cool t-shirts at the entrance picked on up for myself. Would stop here again if vacationing in the area again. Hope the beer improves a bit next time.
08-20-2007 00:28:46 | More by jcdiflorio
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
This is my fourth time here and it still has that rustic old church or lifeguard station feel with a high ceiling and an upstairs eating area which looked posher but was shut. We had a 45 minute wait (quick compared to some of the laid back places down there) for our party of six so we went to the couches and played foosball. I had a half rack of ribs which were tasty. The menu offers normal American fare along with more exotic choices. I ordered the $6 beer sampler after having the Titanic barley wine which one can't get in the sampler. Except for the Titanic and the lemongrass wheat which I enjoyed, the rest of the beers were okay to the point that the Allagash White on tap seemed appealing. Also, the last page of the menu has a big wine list (wish they had that many beers). The waitress was very friendly and inviting. After this we went down the road to Jockey's Ridge State Park which is a giant sand dune and I walked and sweated the beers off.
08-13-2007 12:51:26 | More by PAYankeeFan
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I stopped in for lunch during our vacation to Outer Banks this week. Entering I notice that there is one side of the brewery that has a high ceiling along with dinner tables. My wife and I decided to have lunch, to which she chose a basic Cesar Salad, which she enjoyed (good dressing), along with the wings, which she also enjoyed. I had the pork loin and turkey sandwich and fries which were both outstanding! I'd give the food a top score on this one. I must say though, i didn't think much of the bartender that served us our food and beverages at the bar (possibly due to her laid-back approach of takign care of customers), which contained roughly 25 chairs around an L-shaped long bar. I was impressed with the brew selection, and I tried the Olsch, the Stout, and the Titanic Strong Ale. All 3 were solid choices. I was impressed with this place in general, and I'd visit again if given the opportunity.
08-10-2007 01:32:54 | More by Fish113d
4/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Made to OBBS twice this week while on vacation in Duck. 1st time went with a buddy during the only rainy day all week. Stopped in for a beer while looking for Chip's Wine and Beer, which we passed on the way down. Anyway, on to the review. When you walk in you are greeted at the hostess station. To the left is a large dining room with high, corrugated tin ceilings. Sort of looks like a barn. To the right of the hostess station is a nice, long bar that is split by an aisle to the kitchen. When we were there this week they had 5 beers on tap. Olsch, their take on a Kolsch. Nice, crisp and refreshing. A Lemongrass Wheat, spicy, lemony and very tasty. Next was the Altimeter, a German style Alt. Decent, but I've had better. I had the RedEye PA, which they tapped earlier in the day. A really nice IPA, red in color and hoppy. Blurb about the beer said it was bittered with Chinook and Centennials and flavor and aroma hops were Fuggles and Amarillo. Very fresh. They also had a Stout that wasn't bad. Didn't try the Titanic Strong Ale, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Went back with the wife for dinner and were seated in the upstairs dining room. Started with a crab and artichoke app and complimentary bread and olive oil. Wife had a filet topped with crab meat served on top of mashed potatoes. Really good. I had the tuna app and salad as I didn't want to fill up while tasting beers. Beer sampler was 6.00 for 4 5oz glasses. Picked up a growler of the RedEye PA for $19.00. Overall, a very good experience and definitely worth stopping by while on the OBX.
08-02-2007 19:35:43 | More by SwillBilly
3.3/5 rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Visited this brewpub on a Thursday night during peak vacation season. The place was very crowded with overflow dining crowd waiting in bar area. Behind the bar area sat comfy couches and tables for waiting patrons or for those who drank to many strong ales. The interior was very impressive with high ceilings and nice decor. The reason I gave the atmosphere a 3 was because of the smoke. Don't know if the upper level was non-smoking but the bar area was clouding with smoke and hard to get good smells on beers. The beers I went there hoping to try were out (Maibock and Hefe) so I tried the Strong Ale, Porter, and Altimeter. The only one that was above average was the porter, very smooth and nice burnt taste. I didn't try the food, but looked tasty. Next year will try and bring the family. The service was very attentive and friendly. The only problem here was the bartender didn't know the ABV on the altimeter when I asked and didn't have intentions on finding out for me. Selection was below average since it was missing a few summer staples. At $4.50 a pint or 9oz for the strong ale, I thought it was pricey. I'll be back next year hopefully to try the maibock and hefe.
06-29-2007 11:34:11 | More by shertz
2.53/5 rDev -34.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I have been to this brew pub three times now. While it is a decent place there is certainly nothiing special about it. It is really big and loud in there. The beer is decent WHEN THEY HAVE IT. I live 120 mile away from the place, so I checked their web-site before we left to see what was on tap. The had a Sorghum molasses beer I had to try so that was a good enough reason to make the trip, plus they said they had their oatmeal stout on tap. Well after 120 miles we got there and guess what. No sorghum beer. Oh, the girl said, we ran out of that and I guess we forgot to take it off the web site as availabe. So I wa pissed and for that they get AWFUL on service.
12-24-2006 17:59:34 | More by Minkybut
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
When I walked in I had an immediate feeling that OBBS was starting to relax after a busy summer season on the Outer Banks. They only had four beers on-tap but had so many more taps that were pouring either nothing or the same thing.
Cleanfeet and I woke up a recent Friday morning and wanted to go camping. According to weather.com the mountains were gonna be wet and the coast was gonna be dry. So we packed the car and drove to the Outer Banks. Found a nice campground in Rodanthe and grilled out Friday night. We woke up early Friday morning. It was a bit chilly so we figured to drive down to the Hatteras Lighthouse in the afternoon and hit the beach up in the afternoon. Of course, as we drove back to Rodanthe after climbing the 527 steps up the lighthouse the skies decided to open up.
Our beach day ruined, Cleanfeet and I drive up to Nags Head and stumbled across the Wright Brothers monument in Kill Devil Hills. Walked around that for a bit and got a bit of a thirst. As we drove back to Rodanthe and our campground I saw the sign for OBBS so we pull in for a couple of pints (Cleanfeet was nice enough to offer to drive).
We got there during Happy Hour and enjoyed a limited appetizer menu. The black bean dip was really good. The bartender provided me with samples so I could choose what I wanted for a growler ($18 for a new growler by the way/$12 for refills). After making that choise I only had 3 other selections to choose from for my pint glass. Decent beer but not sure how "fresh" they were. The bartender was pushing some of the lighter seasonals on me which was a bit annoying. She also did not know much about the brewpub or the beer so I was left to fend with my own assumptions.
I think there was an upstairs room, but I did not venture up the stairs. Huge bar with a bunch of tables on your left when you first walk in. All the brewing apparati was behind the wall but they had large glass windows up for the patrons' viewing pleasure. Large stage at the front of the building. Kind of a barn-like feel. Oddly enough, even though the OBBS looks nothing like the Offshore Ale House on Martha's Vineyard it has the same feel. I will defeintely go back the next time I am on the Outer Banks.
09-24-2006 18:52:33 | More by MuddyFeet
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Edits on 22-Aug-10:
Recent visits have included more beers that are of a much higher quality. The Hip Hop IPA, Captain's Porter, Three Toed Pale Ale and Mutiny Pale Ale have all been good to better-than-good, upping atmosphere from 3.0 to 4.0, selection from 2.5 to 4.0, quality from 2.5 to 3.5, and food from 3.0 to 3.5.
Visited on an overcast Wednesday at lunch time post Labor Day.
Atmosphere: The bar and restaurant are large and spacious with room for musical acts.
Quality: The overall quality is iffy, as noted herein.
Service: Service was good, polite and friendly, especially with my 19 mo old son. There were only 2 waitstaff for the entire lunch time, which seemed odd.
Selection: Shame on OBBS! They were out of two seasonals (a pale ale and a hefe), leaving a kolsch, lemongrass wheat, best bitter and porter. The ales were mediocre at best and the limited selection did not help matters.
Food: Food was so-so. The burger was good. The nachos and assorted salsas were flat.
Warning: They only fill/re-fill their own growlers, so don't bring in any outsiders, as you'll get no love from OBBS.
09-07-2006 21:24:10 | More by akorsak
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First time here. I have a timeshare a mile away. Dropped in on my way to vacation. Very pleasant brew pub atmosphere. They didn't ask about smoking/no smoking so I assumed there is no smoking allowed. Had five of their own brews on tap (kolsch, hefe, porter, english type pale ale and a lemongrass wheat). and a four beer sampler package (5.5 oz). I liked three of the four beers I tried. Ate there as well (we had BBQ and a burger). The food was good and plentiful. Service was good (place not very crowded on a Sunday afternoon). I'm sure this will be a regular stop for me for the annual vacation.
08-31-2006 14:23:41 | More by JayQue
Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.