Thursday, January 5, 2012

OBX = BEER


To many beach-goers in the mid-Atlantic, OBX is a great beach getaway. To the rest of the country, OBX stands for Outer Banks of North Carolina. Home to Kitty Hawk (first in flight), Nags Head, Hatteras, Kill Devil Hills and more.
Over New Years weekend, six of my closest friends spent three nights in a beach front house at Kill Devil Hills. Sure we brought our own hooch down with us, but we were excited to see what kind of beer we could find on North Carlina's barrier islands.

I read about Chip's Wine and Beer Market and decided this was the bottle shop I had to visit while down there. They boast a "snob free zone." I really liked this store. I am assuming it was Chip that my brother and I talked to while there, but whoever it was, he was super nice and helpful. We asked about local beers and other North Carolina brands. He pointed us to Weeping Raddish, Outer Banks Brewing, Highland Brewing, and others. National brands such as Avery, Stone, DFH, Southern Tier and more are available. All the beers are arranged by style, not brand, which is helpful for the most part.

I thought their bottle prices were relatively inexpensive, especially coming from Washington DC.
Another cool part is the lounge/tasting room attached to the store. Six taps were behind the bar, but I don't think that section was available to customers in the morning. DHF Burton Baton was one of the taps.

Overall, you don't need to bring your own stash to OBX, just stop by Chip's for all your needs, you will not be disappointed.

For lunch one day we went to Outer Banks Brewing Station. Which is America's first wind powered brewery.

My brother and I each ordered the sampler, unfortunately, they were out of the stout and Conquest IPA that day, so we weren't able to try the two beers that we were most excited to try. The highlight was surprising to us: Lemon Grass Wheat Ale. It was smooth and tasty with a nice hint of Lemon Grass. We also tried the Olsch, the Kolsch style beer, and Baltic Porter. We also sampled the Moondog ESB.

As for the food, I, along with the rest of us were not too impressed. The calamari was good, as was the fried okra. Chicken wings were bland. But I would recommend going to try some beer and some of their food. Service was fine also.

One place I had on my radar but didn't get a chance to visit was Weeping Raddish, located just before the Wright Bridge to cross into the Outer Banks.

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