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Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Outer Banks Brewing StationOuter Banks Brewing Station
BEER AVG
3.87/5
Based on:
38 Beers
412 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @obxbrew

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(Place added by: WilliamPhilaPa)
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Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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 ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Deuane
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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....:-(

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Onenote81
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I can't say my review completely encompasses the possibilities of this place but I'll try. Went in on a Sunday afternoon and can say that they had sports on TV (a plus), a huge dining area and large bar (a plus) and a couple of couches next to a foosball table (a plus). Really, really chill vibe as there are picnic tables outside and people were playing cornhole. With little action going on for lunch the bartender was nice and waited on us instantly. Had the sampler (4 5 oz. samples for $4) and added the Baltic Porter for a $1.75. That was two beers for under $6 - not bad for a brewpub in a "tourist" area. Unfortunately, the only beer in the place that isn't macro crap is the six beers they have brew themselves (5 in my case - they ran out of the hefe), so after you try them you're either sessioning or SOL. Worse, I did not try the food but everyone there said it is good...I ate at the Red Drum earlier; my bad. If you're in the OBX at least hit this spot once for some beer and food.

Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A cavernous type building-high ceilings and a long bar.We were seated at a small table for 2-it wasnt all that busy it would have been nice to spread out a bit.Place was bright and cheerful.Service was a bit eratic-our server was doubling as hostess and our food was brought by another waitress.Like I said it wasnt busy so I find that annoying.The selection was good-more mainstream food would fit in if you ask me-I mean it is in a beach resort town.The food was good-we just had fries and wings.My only complaint was the wings were labeled "Thai" spiced and they were miles away from anything Asian.Since we just had appetizers I cant say much more on the food in all fairness.

All in all a positive experience-had the Mocha Vanilla Stout and the Olsch-a Kolsch type beer.Well worth the stop.

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Dithyramb
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here around the 4th of July week. The beer gods were looking down on me, both the crappy Japanese steak house and some other tourist trap had two hour waits. I was finally able to wear down the others, and they gave in to my constant, "there is supposed to be a nice brewpub right up the street here..."

Located right on the main drag through Kill Devil Hills, you can't really miss the big tank and sign outside. The place was packed with tourists, kids, and folks looking for drinkin. Nicely sized big place with open, tall walls. It was still a bit noisy. However, I was here to drink, and didn't need to drive, so couldn't really care.

They had six or seven of their own brews on tap. The afforementioned rye and porter were definite standouts of the group. Everything appeared fresh and served just right. Your choices in these parts for beers is generally limited, and they at least stray from the normal brown ale, pale ale, light beer mix.

Service at the tables was flustered, but friendly. The waitress had a good base knowledge of the beers. The bartenders were pretty darn good, and steered us in the right direction before we hit the table.

Food was pretty good. From the apps, through the salads, to the main courses, everything was well prepared and ample sized. The filet I had was spot on.

When in the OBX, you have the Brewing Station and Weeping Radish as your main stops. Both are worthy of your visit in between sun worshipping.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
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 stakem
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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 IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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 Flashy
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A nice little brewery that I visited when I was in the Outer Banks. When I pulled up to the parking lot it almost looks like a church...maybe? The inside is large with a huge bar that seats around 25 or more, the floor wood, and a there is a triangle type roof, and windows that show the brewing area. I only got one beer, a Kolsch, it was ok...interesting place.

Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.