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Outer Banks Brewing Station

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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 dhartogs
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Went here on New Years Eve day. Very cool inside, spacious, high ceilings. Went with a group of 6. I wanted the sampler tray, but they were out of their IPA and the Stout, which was a bummer. Their Lemon Grass Wheat was their best offering. Food was mediocre at best. The appetizers started off good, the calamari and okra. But the main courses were not good. Got their chicken sandwich which claims to be why people visit the place. It was gross. It was breaded way too much like fish and chips, the bun was small and crumbly and very little sauce. The pulled pork tasted like tuna fish salad. My advice, go for beer instead. The beer was quite nice.

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Photo of dlj
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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

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Photo of travisnd
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

stopped in over the weekend while i was in nags head, nc for a wedding. building is pretty unique looking from the outside with a large wind turbine seen behind. the inside has spacious ceilings that gives a church-like atmosphere. washed up bricks are embedded into the floor.

service was good. prompt and as attentive as i need it to be. i ordered a sampler consisting of Olsch, Conquest IPA, Abracadabra Brown, and Dog House Tripel. all were pretty good w/ the IPA and the Tripel being the standouts. as for food, sampled the bottlecap jalapeno poppers and the portobella press. the bottlecaps were okay, but a little cold. the press was very good and a nice change from typical brewpub/bar food.

overall, average prices and tasty brews/food make this a good place to stop by if you are in the area. it is also worth noting that there was a sizable stage and lighting and i heard they have a decent amount of live music.

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Photo of YumYumGumGum
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

A: We went for live music on 8/19/11. Great family atmosphere and we actually played cornhole in the backyard near the music. Lots of kids running around outside, but still very nice.

Q: Beer is good. I suggest the Deep-briney Porter on tap or growler to-go.

S: Average, very attentive when ordering drinks of course.

S: Only, 4 beers there when I went, but they must rotate a lot, but I've only been once, but I enjoyed their 4 on tap. This is not a mega-tap bar or anything.

F: Fine. over-priced and decorated. Only reason it even got a 2.5 was their Onion Rings were fantastic and my date's crab cakes were excellent.

Entrees are all $20+ but bar is reasonable. Stop in for a drink, its worth it.

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Photo of mobud
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in with my family for a quick bite and beer. Nice space with a beach house feel; a door in the back leads to a beer garden type space with a pirate ship for the kids to play on while the folks drink their beers. I had the BBQ pork sammy and it was tasty; came with hush puppies and good slaw so I was good to go. Price was fair for a beach town, not cheap but not a bargain either. Tried several beer including the Red Ale (exact name escapes me), the porter, and the Lemongrass wheat. All were good but nothing that I would go crazy for. The service was OK, our server made a mistake on my bill and took care of the problem promptly. My wife did not drink, but enjoyed her lunch and the vibe of the place. Just a note , we were there at 3pm between meals so I can not speak to how busy it gets or how they operate. It was almost empty when we rolled in and folks started to wander in as we were leaving. Would say try this place if in the area; don't drive too far out of your way if outside of the area.

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Photo of aeibrean
1.43/5  rDev -62.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2

Great concept, poorly executed. Unimpressed is the best word for my visit here. The beer was not good.it tasted soapy.In fact I drank a national after tasting their product The service was slow and unprofessional . The food was not very tasty. In fact it was rather bland. I had a " Cajun" dish, it was dull as dishwater. It tasted like the pasta was cooked in dishwater. The server was disinterested and inattentive. Every request was a burden to her, including accommodating a life threatening allergy.
I will not be back. I highly recommend going elsewhere.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by with the family for a late lunch.
It's looks like a big white barn on the outside and the inside is industrial shabby chic.
Like there is pressed copper about exposed tin roof and ventalation ducting but there is also tapistries hanging on the wall.
There is an eating area and bar area. the eaating area has a stage for bands just unfer a wall of windows.
There is a view of the brew house behind large windows in the dining room.
There also is an upstairs.
Dinner menu and specials looked about average, I really wanted a big fat burger anyway.
Had three beers: olsch; pipeline pale and abracadabra brown.
All beers were pretty good, slightly above average in my opinion.
The dames serving are all pretty cute esspecially in there tight balck pants.
I found that all three of the beers that I got paired nicely with waitress in tight black pants.
The gift shop is just a little nook and is efficient.
A good place to go, i wish they had more beers on tap. Tap list is a bit short

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Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Came here for lunch on my last day down in the Outer Banks. The inside was pretty cool. The brewing equipment was visible through a series of glass windows, but the exposed metal ceiling and ventilation pipes running along the walls gave the whole place a sort of unfinished feel. We were seated at a table near the bar. Our server was prompt and attentive. I got a flight of 4 beers. My overall impression of the beers was that the brewers weren't crazy about sticking to style, with the exception of the Hefe, which was far and away the best of the bunch. My only complaint about the food was that brats on my sandwich were a little tough. Still, everything else about the meal was good. The beers and service were good. It's worth a stop, but in my experience there were just a few small details that kept the experience from being amazing.

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Photo of HUXC
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The Outer Banks Brewing Station is a small, still relatively new, establishment. The outside gives the feel of an old dusty farmhouse with containment tanks and windmills. Inside the bar they have a little bit of information about the brewery and how it operates. It is entirely dependent on wind energy (hence the windmill outside), it costs about 50 grand to put one of those windmills in, and it pays for itself in about 10 years. Inside, against the back wall, they have glass windows peering into their very small brewery. I would have liked to see and read more on how everything works, but it looks like they were more focused on the restaurant side of the business. At the bar it was a little difficult to get the attention of the staff. They weren't overly knowledgeable of the kinds of beers they made and were a little snobby. However, the selection was pretty good, having a lot of in house beers that I've never tried before. I had the sampler which was four, six oz beers of your choice which was pretty reasonably priced. I didn't try their food, but was impressed with most of the different beers that I tried. Overall this place was interesting and entertaining. I would recommended this place to tourists and beer enthusiasts alike.

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Photo of jale
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Have wanted to stop here for a long time and was glad to find decent beer in this part of the country. Big tourist area so I was'nt expecting much along the lines of drinkable beer. I tried three beers and found them to be quite good compared to many other breweries in the area. The food was very good and I will stop there again for the beer and food. The menu is'nt to extensive but what I tried was outstanding. The flounder, crab cakes and fries are far above average and well worth the trip. Wait staff seemed somewhat aloof leaving me the impression they are geared toward the masses versus beer geeks like me. This looks like an old barn inside with the tall ceilings. Overall this is a good place to stop for a beer and something to eat.

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Photo of Ego
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of lyman
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here the other night for a few ticks and a few games of cornhole during my recent trip to OBX (I've gone to OBX at least once every year for my entire life, even since I've been marooned out west).

A great ambiance at this place. Both times I've been here, they've had a live band playing. This time it was a pretty good reggae band from the reggae hotbed of Washington, DC. Nice large indoor area and a huge outdoor area where you can play cornhole and play on some weird playground thing, if you're drunk enough to do so. Unfortunately you sometimes have to PAY for this ambiance - there was a $5 cover charge last time I went.

Now you know I'm always the guy you can count on to give you the scoop on the cougar scene, even now that I'm engaged. OBX is not exactly a young area, and there are plenty of 40-something cougs on the prowl. If you're not a complete tool, expect to get hit on, especially if you're a champion beer ticker like myself, since women can't resist the allure of a guy like that. I had a rabid pack of cougs approach me (well, they probably weren't any older than me, but still). A couple of them were rather large specimens, so I had to be very tactful in my backing away. I had beers to tick and cornhole to play.

Anyway, I digress. The beers here are hit-or-miss. Some are very mediocre, whereas others, like the Stormy Roses Stout, are excellent. Beers can be served in samplers of about 4oz per beer, which is ideal for ticking.

The place is a little understaffed and pretty busy on summer nights, so my advice is to order several beers at once when you can get a bartender's attention.

Food is pretty good. Nothing's going to blow you away, but it's above average for such an establishment.

Prices are about what you'd expect. Not particularly high or low.

Finally, one good convenience of this place is that there are often several cabs waiting outside from about midnight to 2am to take your plastered ass home.

Nice place, especially for OBX. I'll be back next time.

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Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of StormKing47
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Stopped in a few times while on vacation. A very neat and interesting brew pub. Nice calm and relaxing atmosphere (if you have lunch there). Not much on tap to choose from, but all pretty decent brews in there own right. Tried the sampler and enjoyed the brown ale and lemon grass wheat. The lemon grass wheat is very refreshing and an interesting take on the style. Growlers are reasonably priced and a very neat souvenir. The waitresses and extremely nice and very helpful. Would like to see more beers available, but understandable due to the size of the brew pub. Check it out while on vacation the food is fantastic and support the brewery as they grow and develop.

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Photo of Soonami
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of ebby82
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of burnstar
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Worth the trip for BAers vacationing in the OBX area. Nice atmosphere, we went for lunch on a weekday afternoon, so kind of quiet and empty, but certainly had the build to be a good night spot.

Beer selection was very good - they had 7 different drafts on tap which were for the most part very good. You had to pay a touch extra if you wanted their Belgian style - which I did, but it wasn't the best they had. Sampler lets you pick four beers, all served in six ounce tasting glasses.

Nice enough menu - limited for lunch - for still a lot of good choices. They had a pizza which was probably too cheesy. I had the crab legs which were very tasty. Other guests enjoyed the pulled pork, crab cakes, and steak sandwich. Nice hush puppies and hot pretzels too.

Prices were very reasonable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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 d├ęcor 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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of fishtownhxc
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC
Brewery rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 514 ratings
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