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Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Outer Banks Brewing StationOuter Banks Brewing Station
BEER AVG
3.86/5
Based on:
49 Beers
178 Reviews
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 69
Visits: 105
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 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. (913 characters)

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 (521 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I really enjoyed this place very much, the only complaint it seems I can give is that the place wasn't big enough during the summer months. We had to wait over an hour to get seated, but hey, that's a good thing because it was worth it.

My girlfriend and I both thought the place had a good feel, the food was amazing although it was a bit on the expensive side, but no more so than most of the other places on the Outer Banks we went to. We got seated upstairs, from which you can look over the railing and see the downstairs. If we had gone later, we might have caught some entertainment. I can imagine it would be a good place to go and have a few rounds and watch a live band.

I got the beer sampler and really enjoyed a few of them. My favorite of those was the Lemongrass Wheat and the Stormy Roses. My only regret was not getting a growler of the Lemongrass before leaving. I even came back a second time to finish off the rest of the beers they had at the time (6 offerings). (985 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

After not being to the OBX area in a few years I was curious to see if this place had improved....well it has, BIG TIME.

My wife and I stopped here for lunch on our way down to Buxton last week and were impressed with not only the beer but the food too. We tried everything they had on tap and all of it was very well done. Very nice selection ranging from a light beer that actually had taste to a FuggleFest IPA to a most delectable Barley Wine. Even had an interesting brew called Vikings Liking that was flavored with alder smoked malt and juniper berries....one of the most flavorful lighter beers I have EVER had.

Our food was great too....I had a soft shelled crab sandwhich and my wife had a seared ahi tuna steak salad that was very nice. We both enjoyed the soup du jour, a tomato, cucumber gazpacho. All in all this place has improved markedly over the past 5 years....I like it better than Weeping Radish, but then I am not the biggest lager fan. The only complaint I have is that they do not have any beers available on cask....:-( (1,052 characters)

Photo of ebby82
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I went for lunch with my wife. I really liked the layout. There were high ceilings, spacious seating, and windows which looked onto the brewery. We didn't sit at the bar, but the bar had plenty of space, and I imagine that even on crowded nights one could find a seat.

The service was exceptional. The beer was excellent. I had the IPA, which was very good, and my wife had the lemongrass wheat, which was perfect for a summer's day.

The food was also good, and the prices for both food and beer were entirely reasonable. I would highly recommend this brewpub to anyone. (572 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located at MP 8.5 on the main road in KDH.

The location really has two personalities. During the day and early evening, it's a great place to bring the family. Turns into a great bar in the late evenings, with very nice live music.

5-7 beers on tap usually, representing a good range of styles. IPA and stout are usally good choices.

Food runs the gamut from bar apps to fairly sophisticated entrees. Been here 15 or so times and have not had a bad meal. Service is attentive without being obtrusive.

Added a playground area out back. Very nice when traveling with the family to sit out there and enjoy a draft.

Well worth a stop or two during your OBX vacation. (667 characters)

Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Seeing as I am new to BA, I figured I should review my local brew pub first.

The Outer Banks Brew Station is a place I love to go sometimes and hate to go other times depending on what is happening. They always have a variety of attractions, and they change it up all the time. One night its a dance club, another a punk show, oftentimes there is Reggae. The menu and beers are the same way. Always changing. Odds are you will find something here you like.

If you like food they have a good menu. If you like partying, well they do a lot of that too. Wednesday night is "Ladies Night" and it brings in people from all over. The wait time for a drink can be longer than their ridiculously long bar.

If you are going to check out the beers they have a sampler that lets you pick four. Its fun and a good value.

They change their beers all the time. There is no telling whats going to be on tap, but you will find one you like. (929 characters)

Photo of kruugman
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visit this place every summer when my family comes to the Outer Banks on vacation. This is a quality brewpub. The food is above average, especially for a brewpub. Not just typical pub fare here. The atmoshphere is sort of ordinary, but it's a brewpub at the beach, I'm not looking for ambience. They have a pretty cool little beer garden out back that I haven't been able to enjoy. My visits are usually in and out for a quick pint or dinner with the family. Looks like a good spot to hang out though. The beer is very good. I had a sampler of 4 beers and was very impressed with the stout and baltic porter. The stout used licorice root in the finish and was very, very good. I also brought a couple of bottles of the Lemongrass Wheat home with me. This is a Hefeweizen brewed with lemon grass and it is very good. Pairs great with hotdogs on the grill when you're at the beach. (881 characters)

Photo of jakester
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Arrived for lunch with my wife around 12:15. The place is a little rough looking inside. Unpainted galvanized A/C ductwork, a few wall hangings, and that's about it. Looks like they are on a tight budget. The ceiling is very high, and the galvanized roof deck is not painted. There are pieces of copper sheets nailed to the corners of the walls for cornices. There is an upstairs balconey with additional seating.

Brewery equipment is visible through the windows in the dining area. It looks well used, as well. Nobody was brewing while we were there. The floor is concrete, with what looks like what used to be train tracks filled in with bricks and mortar. You know, rustic. My wife looked a little worried, but the waitress brought my beer, and it was a damn good ESB. When the food came, it was honestly wonderful. Corn and crab chowder, pork BBQ, the calamari was as good as I've had anywhere. I had two more beers, and they were good, too.

They have nightly music, and although I couldn't make it for that, I drove past at dinner time, and again at night, and the parking lot was jammed. Great to see that. Now if North Carolina would only get rid of the stupid 6% cap, this place would make some serious beers!! Highly recommended.

P.S. They will absolutely NOT fill somebody else's growler. I tried. They switch them out every time, giving you a freshly sanitized one. Whatever. Also, their beers are all served too damn cold, but they are probably trying to please everybody, meaning the resort type people. (1,526 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My family and I have been going to The Outer Banks every May for nine straight years now, and we stopped in here because, on Sunday nights, the Outer Banks Brewing Station has open mike--itself well worth attending. My wife and I dragged out our nephew on her side out to it, since he's a good guitar player, to get him playing and taking his clear and prodigious musical talent more seriously. What we found was a brew pub that is really nice in atmosphere, has tremendous acoustics, excellent beer, good food, and a local talent well worth hearing in Matt McGuire.

We settled in to some sushi, which was quite good and reasonably priced for the ample portion. I started with the Iron-Binnacle Baltic Porter the OBX Brewing Station makes--good, nice flavors, too small a glass for my tastes since it was 8 oz., probably because of the high ABV (9.3%), about which various states and municipalities can be rather strict. Nice start.

We moved into the emptied dining area away from the bar, where on Matt McGuire, host and musician extraordinaire, took to the guitar and mike with lots of originals. The acoustics were great--I'm convinced it was an old church given the length of it and what looks like an old choir loft converted into a fairly technical sound equipment site--and was nothing short of outstanding. By this point, I was enjoying Matt and his rich, bold voice and guitar with a Wiezenheimer-Weizenbock brewed on-site, which was nothing short of outstanding--rich in malt flavor but excellent, almost light texture given the bock component--great beer.

After a couple others took the stage with some nice folksy tunes, all better in voice than ability with the guitar, our nephew took the stage with some understandable trepidation after Mr. McGuire's sterling four-song performance. He did an original to start, then whipped into some good but hard acoustic Stone Temple Pilots, his guitar sharp and on the money, his voice a bit rough and raspy--mature for a kid of 19. With all due humility, he was easily the best of the four open-mike singers--other than Matt McGuire--and got a good hand from a nice, sizable crowd after his four songs.

In sum, this is a good place to go for food but a great place to go not just for excellent locally brewed beer, but for some good music. Matt McGuire is an OBX musician deserving some wider attention, and the beer at the Outer banks Brewing Station, especially that delicious Weizenbock that a few friends of mine and I enjoyed a dozen of between us, certainly merits sampling should anyone make the sojourn to the ocean. Thank yourselves after coming here, a terrific place. (2,637 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally made it to OBBS. I had seen pictures ad heard stories, but was glad to walk in the joint to see if first hand. Pretty easy to find near Mile 8.5 on the Western side of 158.

The atmosphere seemed fine till I spotted the ashtrays at the bar and the guy sucking a bone and decided the dining room was the place for me. Good choice, no smoke at all and hardly any folks when I arrived. A little later the place started to jump, but I was already being served so no bother.

The quality of everything seemed top notch. One of the beers was a bit long in the tooth, but all the other 6 out of 7 drafts seemed fresh and fairly well done. The service was not crazy beautiful, but it was very good and prompt. Anything I asked for was presented in record time. The food was very good as well. Where the place loses some cool points if the price. Some of the items seemed a bit pricey.

I'll be back, I just hope it doesn't take me this long the next time! (961 characters)

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

Stopped in here while on vacation. I may have rode by the place if it wasn't for the tall wind turbine right behind the place...that's what caught my attention. Moving on...once inside I found a decent sized place with about 20 tables or so. Looked like there may have been seating upstairs, also. There was a fairly large bar with about 25 seats. The service we had was very good. The poor girl barely had a voice, but she was on the ball. The beers were pretty decent, as well. I had the Kolsch, Stout, Hefeweizen, ESB, and a Lemon Wheat beer (which was quite interesting and good). I would say the Stout was probably my least favorite. I really wanted to try the Brown Ale, but it was kicked. Oh well, just gives me something to look forward to on the next trip. The food was very good. The pulled pork sandwich was very moist and tender and the swordfish steak they had for the dinner special was phenomenal. Those bacon and cheddar grits that came with the fish were superb! I was a bit disappointed that they didn't have an IPA in their line-up, but I managed to get over it. I would recommend hitting this place up if you're in the area. (1,144 characters)

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! (752 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for dinner with the wife the other night. This is a really unique cool-looking building. The interior is pretty cool, though it resembles a barn. There's a nice stage for concerts and whatnot. The lighting is on the dark side, but I liked it. There's a nice long bar to the right of the entrance that was packed when we arrived.

They had 6 of their beers available that night. I got a sampler of 4 of them (5 oz pours) for only $6. Not too bad. I tried their Kolsch, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, and their Chocolate Stout. All of them were above average, but I especially enjoyed the Kolsch and the Stout. Very nice brews.

The food was stellar! My wife got the crab bisque and a salad. I got the "Yardbird" chicken sandwich with a salad. The bisque was creamy and smooth with plenty of chunky crab in it. Very good. The salads were good as well as we both really enjoyed their house dressing. My chicken sandwich was good, but nothing special, though they say that's what people go there for. Meh, it was ok.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this place and will definitely make this a regular stop when I get back to this area. Recommend. (1,146 characters)

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 - $$$ - $100 before tip for four (2 adults, 2 children). Food can be a bit pricey depending on what you order. Beers were a $$. (990 characters)

Photo of Soonami
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

When on vacation in the Outer Banks, I went with a group of 7 friends to the Outer Banks Brewing Station. The restaurant was easy to find just off of a major highway, and the architecture looks very nice from the outside like a pre-Industrial barn converted into a Church, that gave a very homey feel before even stepping inside. The interior of the pub looks like any other bar with dark lighting, a very long bar, widescreen TV showing sports, and interesting wall hangings. Very cool was the restroom signage that were labeled "Wonder Woman" and "Superman" with the appropriate action figure displayed next to the sign.

The hostesses were very accommodating when we called ahead and we we arrived giving us a wait-time that was almost spot on. She said 15-20 minutes and that's exactly how long it took. I think this shows that the staff knows how the restaurant runs and they are honest. Even when others, who called ahead, kept complaining about the wait they were very cool in their responses and repeated the wait time estimates that originally gave. The servers and food runners were very polite and answered questions about both beer and food knowledgeably.

The food ranged from good to great. The deep fried hush puppies served with sweet butter were delicious, as were the steamed shrimp (though a tad expensive at $18/lb for 21 counts) and onion rings. The crab cake sandwiches and Portobello panini were fairly well executed and tasty. The fried flounder platter was pretty good, but the batter was too thick and the fish serving size too small.

The beer selection was good, but nothing spectacular for a brew pub. They had an IPA, Tripel, lemongrass Wheat, Alt, Brown, and a few others, but I think a few more beers of more interesting styles would have been good. Perhaps the standards in the South are lower, but in the Northeast and Philadelphia, especially, the standards are set higher by brewpubs such as Nodding Head, Triumph and Iron Hill. The beers I had and tasted were well made and the presence of an Alt beer was a nice touch, but variety is the spice of life.

The ultimate barometer for what one thinks of a place is whether or not you would go again, and I would definitely go to the Outer Banks Brewing Station if I am ever in the OBX again. (2,276 characters)

Photo of beerinator
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I checked this place out on a recent trip to Duck, NC and was pleasantly surprised at the beers. My wife and I went in to meet friends (who happened to leave us waiting for 2 hours) and between us we sampled all of the beers offered. From the Kolsch to the Stout all of the beers tasted brewed to style. The bitter was my favorite, followed closely by the Kolsch. I was a little sad when I walked in and saw that there was no IPA on tap, but when I got a chance to try the other styles, I was impressed.

Our first visit was on a Thursday night. They have live music after 9 or 10 during the summer, so I would suggest you go early so you may enjoy some peace and quiet for your tasting. We went back for lunch the next day and the lunch time crowd is much better for a casual tasting and coversation.

The food is very good. My wife will still tell you about her 'spent grain pizza', and she will be glad to tell you about the level of sweetness that the grain imparts to the crust. I enjoyed their burger greatly, and the next day I had a reuben that went very well with the Kolsch.

If you must visit a brewery in the outer banks, make it this one. (1,157 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Went for dinner on my dad's birthday. Nice atmosphere. It's a big building and we sat upstairs by the rail looking out over the first floor. About seven beers of which I managed to try just about all of them. Most were quite good and all were above average. I especially liked the IPA, the tripel, and the brown ale. Food was also very good. Everyone in our party got a variety of food and commented on how good it was. Service was fine. Prices are reasonable too. Definitely recommended if on vacation to the outer banks. (522 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in twice during my recent trip to OBX. It is a large building with raised ceilings, two floors, a very large bar that seats about 35, and a section that has a raised stage for live entertainment (filled with tables when no one is playing). During dinner, the place was very crowded and a bit loud. Way too many kids in here, but since OBX is a family vacation spot I guess it is to be expected. A small t-shirt section is just off the greeter's station.

There were six beers available: ESB, Rye Pale Ale, Porter, Stout, Kolsch, and Hefeweizen. I had pints of all but the Hefe and they were all of good quality, with the Rye Pale and Porter being my favorites. Growlers were $17 for first purchase and $11 for refills. The sampler was four 5 oz glasses for $5.50. Pints were $4.

The food was very impressive for a brewpub, as the filet mignon my wife and I had was perfectly done medium rare, and the dessert was tasty. My wife originally wanted a burger and they stated they would only cook burgers medium to well so she scrapped that. The food was bit more expensive than expected.

The waitress was very friendly and attentive, and beer knowledge seemed to be scripted in what she learned to tell patrons.

Definietly a place to stop during any trip to OBX. Several locals we met during our trip stated the liked the food and beers at OBBS and recommended it. So do I. (1,390 characters)

Photo of lyman
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

stopped by for a late lunch,

wife and I ate a light lunch at the bar,
they were out of the wheat ale, so I had the brown and the Altimeter,

both were very good, very drinkable, avg abv,
the brown was a bit lighter than what I'm used to, but delicious,
the Altimeter had the bitterness of a good IPA w/o the hops, different, but good

lunch was great, served timely,
the staff was very attentive, and or waiter/bartender was very knowledgeable about beer, he even let me sample the stout and red ale,

overall a very nice place, we will return (550 characters)

Photo of fishtownhxc
4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

stopped by this place for dinner while vacationing at the outer banks. the beers were very solid....nothing over the top or anything that made me jump out of my seat, but solid nonetheless. i tried the kolsch, hip hop ipa, and their wit. all pretty spot on for style, and very drinkable, especially at $4.50 a pint. the food and the service were great. i think the only thing i would say that might be considered negative is that i felt like the place was overly dark; could use some better lighting and maybe some paint here and there. not that the place was a dump by any stretch, but i had this weird feeling that it should have been kept up a little better, and i wouldn't mind some more lighting in the brewing areas so that you can see what they've got going on. this didn't taken anything away from me sampling the beers and destroying a well done 9 oz. filet mignon. well done, and would definitely love to hit this place up again. (939 characters)

Photo of SwillBilly
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,561 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by a couple of times to check out the local brew pub action on my vacation last week.

You would swear this place is a church, I drove by it three times the first night as it just blends right into the background, when they say "look for the windmill" ... turn RIGHT there...

Decor is typical/hacky brewpub, somewhat cold/wood accents with minimal lighting. I have seen a hundred brew pubs with the same look inside, I guess having flying arabian carpets in the dining room makes this slightly different. The bar itself is sleek and nice, it is also long and snakes from the dance floor/dining area all the way to the back door/smoking zone.

The bartenders were competent if not just going through the paces, they didn't seem enthused about the beers (maybe it was the time of year). They were prompt and friendly enough.

The beers were pretty lackluster, not bad per se but not one of the house beers was a stunner (I had the sampler - $7 plus others). The best of the home bunch was the kolsch, I found it to be a really nice example of the style. The ESB was so over the top hopped it was just over kill. I love hoppy beers but pairing high alpha with ESB... yeah, it's trendy but I would rather have good. The best beer on tap was the guest beer - Duck Rabbit Milk Stout... fashizzlle, it was fantastic. Pints ran $4.50 which is reasonable since most of the brews are 5%+ or higher.

Wed night is dance night... ugh.. I guess you have to do what you have to do to make $$$.

If you are staying in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills it is worth checking out, not worth a long road trip though. (1,614 characters)

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. (934 characters)

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Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.