Outer Banks Brewing Station

Outer Banks Brewing StationOuter Banks Brewing Station

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Mile Post 8.5
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, 27948
United States

(252) 449-2739 | map

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Photo of Caesar1pup
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I traveled to the Outer Banks last week and stopped by this brew pub on two separate occasions. The first time was for a couple of appetizers which happened to be half price in the afternoon, and the second time was later in the week for dinner with my wife and a friend. I concur 100% with some of the other reviews of this place in terms of the hot wings. Some of the best around and not to be missed, that is if you like them with a kick. I tried the porter here which was more like a stout but still pretty good. The food was of good quality but not the best I have ever had. Most dinners were priced in the $20 range and were a little more upscale than your typical brew pub.

They had a fairly good selection of menu items however I thought the beer selection was lacking. I would stop by again probably if I was in the area but not for dinner.

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Photo of Flashy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of jakester
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of beerinator
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of maltydog
3.94/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited the Outer Banks Brewing Station on New Year's Eve afternoon to warm up for the big event that evening. I was a little skeptical going in after reading one of the posted reviews, but I was happily surprised! The atomosphere is sort of a gothic/grunge look with airy ceiliings dominated by steel and wood. Tapestries are hung in the great hall which serves as the main dining and dancing area giving it a very gothic castle-like feel. The bar is HUGE! It will easily seat 40 to 50 people comfortably. Now for the beer. The pub offers a nice range of german favorites - Kolsch, Hefeweizen, alt and dunkel. As well as, the obligatory IPA and Stout. I tried a sampler and was satisfied with the quality and drinkablity of all the offerings. My personal favorite was the dunkel which was hopped up version of the traditional german favorite.
All in all, the Outer Banks Brewing Station was a pleasant experience and I highly recommend it to any fellow BA's traveilling to the Outer Banks!

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A nice place that my wife and I stumbled upon while on our honeymoon in the Outer Banks. A relatively new haunt that provides some mid to high-end grub with some exceptional bres that I will review shortly. The Kolsch is of exceptional quality. If you are ever in the area, you must check this place out. It is well worth it. Prost!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC
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