Outer Banks Brewing Station

BEER AVG
3.72/5
Outer Banks Brewing StationOuter Banks Brewing Station
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(252) 449-2739 | map
obbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
53
Ratings:
499
Reviews:
192
PLACE STATS
Score:
85
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
70
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of mpolewan
1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

Photo of aeibrean
1.43/5  rDev -62.2%
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 vwbus7
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Please take a week and clean the place. I still have faith

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Photo of Walkerjgt
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Minkybut
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

I have been to this brew pub three times now. While it is a decent place there is certainly nothiing special about it. It is really big and loud in there. The beer is decent WHEN THEY HAVE IT. I live 120 mile away from the place, so I checked their web-site before we left to see what was on tap. The had a Sorghum molasses beer I had to try so that was a good enough reason to make the trip, plus they said they had their oatmeal stout on tap. Well after 120 miles we got there and guess what. No sorghum beer. Oh, the girl said, we ran out of that and I guess we forgot to take it off the web site as availabe. So I wa pissed and for that they get AWFUL on service.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of richobrien
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Decent food selection, nothing special, expected a lot more given what we had read before our visit.

Flights were a nice option. Beer was good. Their signature beer with Lemongrass was ok (not worth $16 for a 4pk though).

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

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Photo of AMCimpi
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.06/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.1/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Stopped here last friday was here on vacation. The place looked a bit like a metal pole barn had a large fermenter outside was easy to spot.
The inside was good sized had a sound stage to the left lots of seating we were seated upstairs in a nice loft area. We were seated immedatly around 4:00. The place strated to fill up right after we were seated was packed when we left.
We ordered a sampler rack for $6.00 had four 6 oz. beers on it,a kolsh,brown.ipa and stout. The beers were decent nothing great. Did also order a Belgian Strong ale which was by far the best beer they had that night.Also had a guest beer i belive it was an Allagash and some macro's i belive.
The service was good we ordered some appitizers wings,totilla chips with cheese,bean.salsa and calimari all were very good.Ordered some fish and chips also very good, large portions. The ribs we ordere were the only thing not very good were cold and fatty. Everything else was good.
Had some cool t-shirts at the entrance picked on up for myself. Would stop here again if vacationing in the area again. Hope the beer improves a bit next time.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

The atmosphere is nice, more of a brew pub/restaurant than a brewery which disappointed me. The beer was good, they had a nice selection and a wide variety. I didn't eat any food so I can't really comment on that. I didn't like the service, I went there just to have some drinks at the bar but it was full. I asked to sit at a table and was denied because the tables were reserved for dining guest only. I understand the reason behind this but there was nobody dining. We had to wait 15 minutes in the "lobby" until two seats at the bar were free, ironically occupied by people eating at the bar. Once at the bar, the atmosphere was much different then I expected. I was hoping the bartender would be a little more informative about the location and the beers that they serve. He seemed reluctant to answer questions about these things. I was also surprised by the number of other patrons drinking BMC beers. Why go to this sort of establishment and not drink their beer.

Overall, I did enjoy this place. The skill of their brewer masque the service of the staff, so I do not regret going and encourage any of those in the Kill Devil Hills area to stop by.

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Photo of dhartogs
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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 barflybastard
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of stakem
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of shertz
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Visited this brewpub on a Thursday night during peak vacation season. The place was very crowded with overflow dining crowd waiting in bar area. Behind the bar area sat comfy couches and tables for waiting patrons or for those who drank to many strong ales. The interior was very impressive with high ceilings and nice decor. The reason I gave the atmosphere a 3 was because of the smoke. Don't know if the upper level was non-smoking but the bar area was clouding with smoke and hard to get good smells on beers. The beers I went there hoping to try were out (Maibock and Hefe) so I tried the Strong Ale, Porter, and Altimeter. The only one that was above average was the porter, very smooth and nice burnt taste. I didn't try the food, but looked tasty. Next year will try and bring the family. The service was very attentive and friendly. The only problem here was the bartender didn't know the ABV on the altimeter when I asked and didn't have intentions on finding out for me. Selection was below average since it was missing a few summer staples. At $4.50 a pint or 9oz for the strong ale, I thought it was pricey. I'll be back next year hopefully to try the maibock and hefe.

Cheers,
Scott

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Photo of mobud
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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 PAYankeeFan
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This is my fourth time here and it still has that rustic old church or lifeguard station feel with a high ceiling and an upstairs eating area which looked posher but was shut. We had a 45 minute wait (quick compared to some of the laid back places down there) for our party of six so we went to the couches and played foosball. I had a half rack of ribs which were tasty. The menu offers normal American fare along with more exotic choices. I ordered the $6 beer sampler after having the Titanic barley wine which one can't get in the sampler. Except for the Titanic and the lemongrass wheat which I enjoyed, the rest of the beers were okay to the point that the Allagash White on tap seemed appealing. Also, the last page of the menu has a big wine list (wish they had that many beers). The waitress was very friendly and inviting. After this we went down the road to Jockey's Ridge State Park which is a giant sand dune and I walked and sweated the beers off.

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Photo of gribos
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Visited to refill our growler that we got several years ago - last time thru they weren't open on the days we were near Kill Devil Hills - now they are open 7 days. very quiet today, did the sampler and enjoyed everything except the "olsh". We were able to fill the growler with their special saison, but a quite a cost $28.00 vs. $16.00 for a normal refill. This place is just OK for me - always looks like it could be a little cleaner, but bartender was pleasant and helpful, beers were pretty good, food looks pretty standard. I'm sure we would stop by if we are nearby again, but it wouldn't be a first stop. We enjoyed a place called "Trios" which I will add if it isn't already on the site.

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Photo of XaWard
3.44/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

A welcome reprieve from the swill served in most OBX bars, but I found the beers lacking a little. I tried the Kolsh, the Hefe, the ESB, and the Dragons Milk in a sampler. ESB was the best by far (had an extra pint of that), although the Dragon's Milk had a lot of interesting flavors going on. The atmosphere was nice, they have a pretty large building with live music almost every night. When we were there it was "Punk Night" although I had to leave before anyone took the stage. The server was friendly albeit a little slow. They also serve their own root beer & cream soda which the kids in our group enjoyed. I would visit this place again while in the Outer Banks.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of JWalterWeatherman
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Fish113d
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 5

My wife and I stopped in for lunch during our vacation to Outer Banks this week. Entering I notice that there is one side of the brewery that has a high ceiling along with dinner tables. My wife and I decided to have lunch, to which she chose a basic Cesar Salad, which she enjoyed (good dressing), along with the wings, which she also enjoyed. I had the pork loin and turkey sandwich and fries which were both outstanding! I'd give the food a top score on this one. I must say though, i didn't think much of the bartender that served us our food and beverages at the bar (possibly due to her laid-back approach of takign care of customers), which contained roughly 25 chairs around an L-shaped long bar. I was impressed with the brew selection, and I tried the Olsch, the Stout, and the Titanic Strong Ale. All 3 were solid choices. I was impressed with this place in general, and I'd visit again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC
3.72 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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