Chip's Wine & Beer Market

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Chip's Wine & Beer MarketChip's Wine & Beer Market
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Chip's Wine & Beer MarketChip's Wine & Beer Market

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

2200 N Croatan Hwy
Ste D
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, 27948-9544
United States

(252) 449-8229 | map

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Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I recently vacationed in the OBX with family and friends. While there, I stopped in with a beer buddy (Rochefort10nh) and scoped out the shelves. Over 400 different beers!!

A descent selection with a wall of beer in singles lined up like a dream. All organized by style. And because Chip's sells singles, you can make up your own sixer (or two) which is always cool.

Westmalle, Achel, St. Bernardus, Trappiste Rochefort, Aventinus, Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, Kulmbacher Brautradition (EKU) are just a few of their imports. Plenty of domestic beer including Bell's, Founders, Brooklyn Brewery, Flying Dog, Dogfish Head (no 120 though) etc. Off course I needed to taste the local suds and picked up some Highland Oatmeal Stout and Duck Rabbit.

As appealing as the beer selection was the service was just as impressive. The owner (Chip) was awesome. I had an issue with my credit card (being out of state and shopping at a beer & wine store) and needed to verify with the bank that it was me and not some bastard thief. He insisted I use his phone (even though I had a cell in the truck). After tying up his phone for about 15 minutes I checked out. But the customer service didn't end there. As we began to leave he insisted on taking our beers out to the truck. WOW!

During my week stay I managed to stop in a few other beer stores in the OBX but none compared to Chips.

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Photo of beer2day
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

As others have said, this is the place to get bottle beer on the OBX. Excellent selection of single beers, virtually everything they sell is available as a single. Prices are very good, especially for the beach.

Not much space for cold beer, but 4 coolers provide a decent selection of ready to drink brews. Had a couple of beers from the Brewing Station as well as a couple from the Radish.

Wine takes up more space in the store, but the number of beers offered is very, very good.

Very nice service. Very knowledgeable about the products he sells.

Well worth a stop on your trip to the OBX.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

Wow! This is the one and only place to get your beer when in the area. An entire wall is dedicated to single bottles of beer, all separated by style. Another rack is 6-packs only, and there's even a small cooler section if you want to take your beers straight to the beach for consumption. Chip offers a very wide selection of brews at very reasonable prices. Many of his single bottles are less then $1.99, which is hard to find where I come from. I even found the new Stone Vertical for only $7.99! I spoke with Chip a little bit and he was very nice and helpful. I told him this was the most recommended beer stop for the area by BA, and he was very happy about that. I will return here again and again when I get back to this area. Highly recommend.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

This is a great little shop in Kill Devil Hills (MP 6) that I've frequented over the past couple of vacations. There is a good selection of craft brews of most sizes and styles. There is a nice wall to build your own six in addition to a nice selection of built sixers. There is also a good selection of already cold beers. There is a little bit of glass ware for sale, all pretty cool options. I was glad to see a couple of growlers and a couple of options not available to me in near by VA. The service here is great, the owner in particular is a really nice guy with a good sense of beer rather than just a wineshop owner looking to fill a niche. This place is good as beer stores go but much better and reasonable than it even needs to be in the OBX area. I will continue to shop and suggest this fine establishment.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Chip's has been a family tradition for several years now. Their selection of over 500 beers makes them a place that really can get you what you need. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They talk with you about what kind of beers you like and try to suggest other beers from what they pick up. The also have a pretty decent wine section as well as a few fine cigars. The atmosphere also makes this place enjoyable. The store is set up with nice woodwork and is generally a classy store. Value is great here. This is a great example of what a beer store should be.

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Photo of Pencible
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

I go to the Outer Banks every summer for a week at the beach. When I first arrive, I always stop by Chips to stock up on beer for the week. That's my insurance for enjoying my week regardless of the weather!

They have a very good selection of craft beers (as well as wine), at good prices. And their employees are always very friendly and helpful. Another small bonus is that they're in NC and I live in VA, so they get a few beers distributed there that I don't otherwise have access too.

Visiting Chips is an annual tradition!

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

Located on the main drag, north of the center of town, and quite a distance form our house, as it took me 45 minutes by foot.

A medium sized store that is divided 2/3 wine and 1/3 beer on one side and tobacco products on the other.

The beer selection included a pretty even distribution of local, east coast, mid west and west coast beers. Plenty of Bell's selections available. The prices were very reasonable and the store allowed mixed six packs, which was good for a tourist like me. Cold beer available as well.

The service was friendly and hands off, which I appreciated.

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Photo of DoNoEvil
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Got to visit Chip's on several occasions during our vacation on the Outer Banks.

The selection was awesome. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They even got me a special request from their distributor while I was there.

This is a must-visit place if you're in the area, especially of you're from a beer-deprived state like me, or from the Left Coast :-)

Prices for singles added up pretty closely to the six-pack prices, too, so you can try many different kinds. They're not snobs, either - they even had BudMillerCoors for those so inclined.

We attended the Wine University one evening, too. Chip knows his business and is very personable and well-spoken. Unfortunately, we were there in the off-season and he was doing classes just once a week.

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Photo of Loki
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

What a fantastic place it a great part of the world. First time to the Outer Banks for me and it won't be my last. If you are looking for a less commercial, beautiful location this is it.

Chip's is not hard to find as everything is laid out by Mile marker (or half mile marker) on Croatan Hwy. Chips is right around mile marker 6 in the Mile 6 Plaza on the West side of the road.

Quality is great. They have all of the quality product that are available to them. If they can get it, they have it.

Service was fantastic. They had no less than two people walking (not a huge, warehouse store) the floor asking people if they needed help. Additionally, they all wore matching black bowling shirts with red stripes, so it is very easy to find them when you need help. I didn't have to find anybody. I was asked if I needed help as soon as I walked in and had all of my questions answered. Including what distributor handled what beer and even if the last bottle of sparkling sake I picked up in addition to the Starr Hill was the only bottle/kind they had.

Selection was great. Their shelves are stocked to the brim with a great selection. They could carry more, but I don't know where they would put it or if it would turn as quickly. Everything looked fresh and recently stocked. Nothing jumped out at me as being old.

Prices were great, but I didn't focus to much on the price. Just on what I could or couldn't get at home.

Fantastic place that I will visit again.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%

Amazing selection. I first walked in and saw only the 3 cold doors, only about 1 had singles but all the doors essentially were some exclusive beers. The only big names they had were 12's of miller, bud, and corona, and tecate. I thought it was great. Then I glanced over to my left and saw the most amazing thing I have ever seen. The great wall of beer. It had to be over 500 singles from all over the world. Then they still had a complete isle of 6 packs from everywhere. The prices were great too... nothing too over the top. Not a snobby place, very clear. A great atmosphere.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

I made a stop here on my way to Salvo, NC for a weeks vacation on the beach. Thank the gods for this place. The selection was great. They had plenty of offerings I can't get up in Massachusetts - I was particularly gunning for NC based breweries and Chip's delivered.

Service was excellent. The guy running the joint knew what he was talking about and had answers for all of my questions.

All the beers I purchased from the store tasted fresh and seemed to be well cared for.

Very reasonably priced.

If you are a beer fan and going on vacation to the Outer Banks stop at Chip's it is worth the trip.

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Photo of Neehan
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

I had heard great things about Chip's a while ago, so when my wife happened to spot it while riding around and so we had to pull in. It certainly lived up to its reputation. They boast of having 350 craft/imported brews... I don't know who is counting but the selection is fantastic. The only thing that limits this place is what is available in the state of NC, other than that there are no limits. The place is very well organized by style in two sections, both single-beers and six-packs, both are clearly labeled. There is also a fairly large cooler with single-selections as well. The staff was friendly and there to help as well as educate.

Oh yeah, they have a lot of wine too if you enjoy it although I didn't spend any time in those sections.

If you are visiting the OBX, it's a must visit to mile-post 6 as you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

I stopped at this place while on vacation after reading an ad in a local magazine. I thought I would give it a try but wasn't expecting much, because after all it is at the beach and most people don't worry about the quality of their beer while getting a suntan playing on the beach. Much to my surprise this store was exceptionally nice/clean and the selection was very large. Everything from rare imports to hard to find domestics...was not expecting this at the beach, but I was very happy to see it. It definitely made my stay in Coastal Carolina much more pleasant. Highly recommend this place to others vacationing in the area...and for you winos check out the wine classes they offer!!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

Did my research before taking a road trip to North Carolina's Outer Banks and found out this was the place to hit up when wanting to buy craft beer.

The place is decent sized with plenty of beer and wine products that can be sold individually. All the beers are also organized by what style, which can make it easy if you know what you like.

Since I'm from Maine, I wanted to make sure to buy beer I've never seen before, and that pretty much meant buying beers made in North Carolina, which they had a section of. I ended up buying about 10-15 different beers from NC (Duck Rabbit, Highland, Cottonwood), pretty much filled up the trunk of my car.

While Chip wasn't in when I visited, I'm told he's good to strike up a conversation about beer with.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

A great resource for when you hit the Outer Banks. Located in the Mile Post 6 shopping plaza Chip's is well worth the stop. All decent quality stuff here. Service was extremely helpful-almost too much so in spots. When I am "just looking to see what I cant get at home, so I am good for now thank you" I really dont ned to be asked again in 5 to 7 minutes. Hey it beats NOT being asked I realize-still a bit over the top for me.

Great selection for the area. The "wall of beer" is arranged pretty much by varying styles. Dont forget to check out the aisle behind you as well. I missed it the first time I was in. Breweries represented were Victory, Bells-cant get them in MD, Highland, Duck Rabbit-which I heavily stocked up on, Terrapin, Brooklyn, Clipper City's Heavy Seas and a host of others. Some great finds I cant find here either like Ommegeddon and Pyramid's Imperial Hefe. Look around-theres a few things tucked here and there.

Prices are a bit higher then in other locales but your at the beach so just keep that in mind. Not outraegeous just a tad higher. Well worth the stop when in OBX.

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Photo of
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Stopped in a couple of times while on vacation in OBX.

No issues with quality. The beer I enjoyed was fresh, the seasonals looked appropriate, and there was little, if any, dust.

Service was great on both occasions. A friendly greeting when I walked in, and offers of assistance. I was rushing a bit so I didn't get into a conversation with the folks either time, so I can't comment on knowledge. Past reviews indicate it is solid.

Selection was great. Not the best I have ever seen, but I wouldn't hesitate to say that it is your best bet in the OBX area. The wall of beer (singles) was impressive for anywhere. No problem in making up a nice, mixed six pack. My only complaint was that they had a relatively small selection of NC beers. They had Duck Rabbit, Highland, Weeping Radish and Cottonwood, if I am remembering correctly. This could be because of limited distribution by some of the NC breweries, and it was no big deal, just hoping to grab more local stuff!

Overall, an excellent experience. The family and I are planning on going back to OBX next year, and Chips will certainly be a stop.

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Photo of jasonm
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

No trip to the OBX is complete without a stop at Chip's, located in the MP6 plaza on The Bypass in Kill Devil Hills. Walk in and to your right you will find the wall of beer. With ~300 different brands to mix and match a sixer from. Opposite is more shelf space with 4/6 packs ready to go.

NC brews from Weeping Radish, Duck Rabbit, and Highland were well represented, along with pretty much all the good craft brands you can find in North Carolina (DFH, Victory, Weyerbacher, Bells, Flying Dog, Allagash, et c.) They even had several of the high end Allagash offerings (Curieux, Victoria, Hugh Malone). A decent selection of German and Belgian imports as well.

Prices are very reasonable given the location (and with me being from PA). $1.29 for Duck Rabbit singles (not the seasonals) and $1.59 for Highland singles for example. A 4 pack of Flying Dog Double Dog set me back $9.49. I believe its cheaper to get a six pack of Hop Devil here than in most places in Pittsburgh.

Chip and (I believe) Tammy were very attentive during my visit. Asking if I needed help and made sure I knew about the mix and match opportunity. Upon check out, they asked where I had heard about their place from. When I mentioned Beer Advocate they said they had been getting a lot of visits from people reading this site.

A must stop in the OBX, especially in the Nags Head to Corolla area.

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Photo of davidt
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

Stopped in at the beginning of vacation to pick up a selection to drink during the week. The staff were all quite friendly. It was pretty obvious that we were "sampling" since I making up mixed sixers, and only pulling one of each beer, mostly local stuff. Chip (I think?) mentioned he only had one sixer of Highland St. Therese's Pale Ale left, and it was in the cooler. But he offered to split it up so I could buy a single since I had picked up singles of the other Highland brews in stock. Said he'd replace it when his stock came in. My wife and I sampled all week, and on our way out of town picked up full sixers of our favorites. (Between the haul from Chip's and the case from Weeping Radish, we'll be enjoying the fruits of out OBX vacation for a while.) I also picked up a few non-local beers that I've not found at home.

The "wall of beer" is impressive, and much more than just a wall. This is a must stop for any trip to the OBX.

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Photo of PAYankeeFan
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

This is my first trip back since North Carolina popped the cap and in came Allagash big bottles, Unibroue (I bought a big bottle of Quelque Close for $8 which is $4 cheaper than Elkton), Weyerbacher, Victory, Val Dieu, Rodenbach, Ommegang, and the regionals like Duck Rabbit and Cottonwood. Chip was very helpful. He showed me where everything was located and was familiar with the beers in stock. In October they will have a beer fest and pig roast. Its too bad it takes me 11 hours to get to OBX! I went a second time and the guy working there had a conversation with my four year old while I shopped. They are very family friendly and are located next to a bead store and pottery store where people can make their own crafts.

OBX wouldn't be the same without this eclectic beer store which has 4 shelves, a cooler, and inviting staff. Wine is one of their fortes and they have a Wine University which teaches wine making and home brewing. I felt the Allagash bottles were steep but everything else seemed very reasonable as you can make a mixed six pack for $10-$11. A six pack of Duck Rabbit Milk stout runs for $9.99. Given the isolated location on an island with decent beer stores on the mainland being hundreds of miles away, I would say these prices aren't bad.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

I had the opportunity to visit Chip's while vacationing in OBX during the hottest week of the summer. Walking into the store, I first notice many shelves of wine inhabiting the store. I've read about the famous "Wall of Beer", and to be honest, it was MORE than just a wall of beer, but also another set of shelves on both sides were inhabited with six-packs of domestics, imports, micros, and local brews (regional). As soon as I walked over to first look, I was approached by one of the staff (I'm assuming it was Chip), who asked if I've ever been there before, and if not, if I'd like a "tour". I said "sure, that'd be great!"

He continued to show me how they separated all the beer categorically in order to make it easier to find. All locals were together in six-pack, to which you were able to shop bottle-by-bottle, as well as domestics, imports (you get the point). The wall of beer was great in that they separate the beer by style. Prices seemed pretty decent. However, at $24 a bottle, the Victor and Victoria by Allagash seem a LITTLE pricey to me. All beer styles were pretty wekk represented, and i was able to finally score the Below Decks (in a 4-pack!) by Clipper City, which is a barley wine I've had trouble scoring back home. However, most were reasonably priced, and I left with nearly a case of beer for $75! After leaving, I was offered help carrying my beer to the car since my wife is 6 1/2 months pregnant (that was a nice touch!). I'd definitely stop back here if in OBX again for vacation or just passing through. However, as nice as OBX is, who could just pass through?

Get there!

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Visited Chip's during our trip to the OBX after reading the reviews on Beerfly. Located in the Mile Post 6 shopping center, its easy to miss if you are not paying attention. Look for the big Mile Post 6 sign on the southbound side of 158. Once you enter Chip's you are greeted by Chip and Tammy. Both super friendly and ready help. On the right side of the store is the Wall of Beer. About 400 or so singles organized by style. On the other side of the aisle are shelves of six packs. A great feature of Chip's is the ability to create your own 6 pack from the hundreds of singles on the Wall of Beer. Lots of styles and beer represented with a section devoted to NC beers. Duck Rabbit, Weeping Radish, CottonWood and Highland are available. Other notables were Bridgeport IPA, Cantillon, a large selection of Allagash collectables. Also, many of well known and popular craft breweries are represented as well. DFH, Victory, Bells, Flying Dog, Terrapin to name a few. Prices are reasonable in my opinion, especially for a resort town. Service is fantastic and helpful. I inquired about Duck Rabbit Wee Heavy which was just released. Chip checked his stock and didn't have any. So he took my cell number and said he would get to me. Sure enough, 2 days later I get a call and said they are holding a some for me. Now that is service. If you are on the OBX, I highly recommend hitting Chip's, definitely the best beer store on the OBX.

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Photo of thefireman
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

I have been going to this place every year while visiting the Outer Banks. Good service, nice people working there. The beer selection was nice every time I was there with offers of help in finding my choice for the evening.

One thing I noticed while having a terrific cup of coffee next door at the Front Porch Cafe. Chips closes at 7. Long before most of us are back from the beach, showered, and finished eating. They miss out on so much business because they aren't open when you are looking for a good quality beer.

On one occasion my wife and I counted at least 10 people who drove up, looked in the window , then drove over to the Brew Through down the road. Funny thing. A coffee shop is open until 9, but the beer place closes at 7.

2008 Update!

Chip has expanded the hours he's open. His prices have improved as well. My yearly trip to the OBX included several stops to pick up some great beer at a good price. The selection, as always is outstanding.

We always try to support the locals when we go to the Outer Banks. Local people like Chip make the place what it is.

Very pleased and will be back next year.

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Photo of shertz
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

Was as excited to visit this place as I was the beach in the Outer Banks. Made 3 trips during my week long vacation as it was a short trip from my beach house. All three times I was met at the door with offers of help finding what I needed. None of that was forceful, but just helpful. Chip also told me if I couldn't find something to ask and he would check his inventory. I asked for some Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter which he quickly checked and told me that it was a seasonal (winter) and that he probably drank it all himself since it was one of his favs(he was laughing throughout). I enjoyed the local selection of Weeping Radish, Highland, and Duck-Rabbit(all 3 are excellent local selections). They were stocking the shelves as I shopped and was happy to see them put some Bell's Two-Hearted Ale on the shelf which I quickly grabbed. Didn't check out the wine section, but looked also impressive. The wall of beers is something to behold, especially if you live in an area like I do that doesn't have this selection at these prices. Definitely stop in during your trip to the Outer Banks and BTW, Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale makes a great beach beer!!

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

A gem of a store in an ordinary strip mall shopping center. My first visit to the Outer Banks, naturally I sought out a good beer selection. I found this place in the visitor's guide ads, and damn am I glad I did! Much more of a wine selection than beer, but that's how most are, right? The "wall of beer" on the right hand side of the store is quite fun though. Browsing is easy, as the brews are arranged by style, and also by country when it s deemed proper. A wonderful selection of Trappist Ales, Belgian ales, Imperial Stouts, and also a solid selection of lambics and specialty brews. The service was enjoyable and friendly, without being "over the shoulder". I didn't seek out any other beer stores in the area, but I highly recommend this to any beer drinker who happens to be in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Our family vacation to Corolla required a stop at Chip's, if only to check it out.

Quality: This is a high-end wine and beer store (unfortunately, wine is the first focus but don't fret). The selection and presentation throughout was pleasant, with smatterings of gourmet food throughout.

Service: Service was better than average, with Chip himself offering me a shopping cart for use in shopping and carrying my son.

Selection: The wall of beer is impressive, with beers by style from across the world. I saw DFH WW Stout, the entire Ommegang line and all Trappist varieties except Westvleteren. I ended up taking out sixes of Duck Rabbit Milk Stout (very nice) and Mash House Hoppy Hour IPA (also good).

The selection is not world-class but it does break the mold for resort town beer stores, so well done.

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Chip's Wine & Beer Market in Kill Devil Hills, NC
Place rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 77 ratings