Outer Banks Brewing Station
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 419
Beer Avg: 3.94
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The grain silo out front was a giveaway and the entryway had a porch with a bench fashioned from driftwood. Entering, the vestibule featured a mosaic on the floor. Continuing inside, the small restaurant area was to the left with the m.d.s. and the long, curving, snaking, laminated blond wood bar to the right. The far wall, from left to right: Brew House, Water Station, Fermentation Cellar, and Cold Room (with latter behind back bar). Kitchen to extreme right behind snack bar. Also to extreme right and up a couple of steps were two leather couches, football, and a video game. The décor had a very pleasant nautical/island theme making it seem that much more festive. Windmill/wind powered. Go green!
Beers: Olsch (Liberty, Mt. Hood, Perle); Wright Witty; Golden Rogallo; Old Knucklehead Nut Brown; Shipwreck Stout; and Dog House Tripel.
12-15-2009 22:46:45 | More by woodychandler
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
07-28-2005 18:42:04 | More by Gavage
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Pretty easy place to find just off of the main highway there in Kity Hawk, just south of the Wright Brothers museum/park area. I stopped by for lunch, around 2pm on Friday. Plenty of parking and no wait for a table. In fact, I was a little worried because nobody was there but based on reviews, this placed seemed cool. I am glad we came here.
Decent atmoshphere. The ceiling is about 40ft tall with Oriental rugs hanging from the rafters and ceiling. Lots of wood everywhere. Pretty good sized bar located centrally with seating on either side of the bar. Band/stage area to the left of the entrance, facing the road, and that is where we were seated.
Service was pretty good. The waitress was cute and was pleasant although not quite knowledgable on the menu, both beer and food wise. Hard worker so that is all that really matters, in my opinion.
Six beers on draft were: Shipwreck stout (by far the best), Olsch, Wright Witty, Golden Regallo Ale, Old Knucklehead Nut Brown (by far the worst of the bunch), and Dog House Tripel. One good, one horrible one, and the rest were pretty average.
My wife had a salad which was very basic and not very fulfilling or appetizing. The bean dip and nachos for an appetizer was very tasty. I had the sirloin salad and it was nice as well. Apps, food, drinks and tip came to about $40 for two people. Not bad for the area. I would come back for a beer or two and the bean dip but would pass on the food.
06-14-2008 14:15:51 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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!
04-05-2006 23:53:37 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Edits on 22-Aug-10:
Recent visits have included more beers that are of a much higher quality. The Hip Hop IPA, Captain's Porter, Three Toed Pale Ale and Mutiny Pale Ale have all been good to better-than-good, upping atmosphere from 3.0 to 4.0, selection from 2.5 to 4.0, quality from 2.5 to 3.5, and food from 3.0 to 3.5.
Visited on an overcast Wednesday at lunch time post Labor Day.
Atmosphere: The bar and restaurant are large and spacious with room for musical acts.
Quality: The overall quality is iffy, as noted herein.
Service: Service was good, polite and friendly, especially with my 19 mo old son. There were only 2 waitstaff for the entire lunch time, which seemed odd.
Selection: Shame on OBBS! They were out of two seasonals (a pale ale and a hefe), leaving a kolsch, lemongrass wheat, best bitter and porter. The ales were mediocre at best and the limited selection did not help matters.
Food: Food was so-so. The burger was good. The nachos and assorted salsas were flat.
Warning: They only fill/re-fill their own growlers, so don't bring in any outsiders, as you'll get no love from OBBS.
09-07-2006 21:24:10 | More by akorsak
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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....:-(
06-23-2006 13:37:11 | More by Deuane
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
Even though we went for late lunch on a a weekday, this place was pretty busy and I can imagine it getting real packed at prime lunch time or in the evenings. Interior was nothing special - lots of wood and large glass windows that look into the brewing area.
The beers were well poured with proper amounts of head (it looks like someone actually took the time to make sure each of the beers were served with a proper head). Unfortunately everything was served in a shaker pint which might be my least favorite glass.
Service was OK - not bad but not great either. Took a long time to come over and take an order and slow to refill waters but very attentive to serving the beers promptly.
There was not a huge selection of beers available (only 5 at the time I visited) but they were somewhat interesting takes on more traditional styles which were successful and a nice change of pace that seemed appropriate at the beach. The Lemongrass Wheat and the ESB were the highlights in my opinion - both very refreshing and perfect for a warm day at the beach.
Food was pretty good though I wish that more of the seafood being offered was local seafood rather than fish that are from other area (like the pacific). The food that we tried was quite good and the salad dressing made from the Lemongrass Wheat beer was excellent.
Prices were in line with other places at the beach, that is to say a touch higher than I would expect for places elsewhere in NC.
05-13-2013 13:36:45 | More by dbrauneis
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Visited week of Memorial day 2008. Nice building, has a windmill that they supposedly get their power from. I'm guessing this was just a power accent. Has some old school video games and foosball. Enough TVs, watched the Pistons on this night. Beers were good, nothing of any real note, but all drinkable. Service was good if not disinterested, probably because they were not very busy. Wish they would have had more of their offerings available. I'm guessing most things on this island are busy on the weekend dead during the weak, so they are probably set up with that in mind.
12-15-2008 00:23:16 | More by Bung
Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC
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