Where to get a great beer when you’re at the beach in KDH, cruising through to Hatteras, or coming back from a fishing trip to Oregon Inlet? Answer: the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC. It’s America’s first wind-powered brewery, and the drinks and eats are fantastic!
Upon walking in, it’s reminiscent of a Dogfish Head Alehouse, plus Firkin, plus local beach style. The interior has a comfortably sized dining area, stage that hosts many live acts, plus a long bar. The outside of the building has a large play area for kids plus cornhole for the adults. It’s a complex designed for a good time, regardless of age.
We first experienced one of their craft brews at Zillie’s Pantry on Ocracoke Island. Their Lemon Grass Wheat Ale was cold, light and had a refreshing bite on a hot beach day. Other beverages include their brewed delights, liquor drinks and even Jack and Cokes for only five bucks! Not too shabby. Of course they offer beer samplers as well, a flight of 4 for only $7.50. The Viking’s Liking, Monkeys Dunkel, Lemon Grass Wheat and Altimeter are what the group opted for. Each choice was scrumptious, but that Lemon Grass Wheat Ale was the overall palate’s fave.
Dinner was ordered as well, and there were a few stand-out choices. The Tuna Stack was seared Hatteras tuna with pickled slaw and wasabi drizzle, gobbled up as soon as it hit the counter. Another winner was the Backyard Margarita Pizza. The crust was light, mozzarella was fresh and melty and the tomatoes were perfect, accented by just the right amount of sauce; definitely a big enough pizza to share. Hushpuppies were also stellar and paired perfectly with their honey butter. If only there was enough room for dessert, they had some scrumptious looking sweet treats. Leave some space, and try the Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee or Carrot Cake.
On your way down 12, make the stop at OBX Brewing Station to refuel your belly, stretch your legs and let the kids be hooligans. You won’t regret it.