Was out in NC for vacation and stopped here on recommendation from Ratebeer.com. I really enjoyed the experience. There is a lot of great beers that I cant get back home in MN.The had an excellent selection of Terrapin beers that I absolutely love. I would recommend stopping at Chipís. The staff was friendly and very helpful. They were more than welcome to answer my questions
I went here during the last week of June 2005 and hit the place 3 times while I stayed at the Outer Banks (OBX). The selections Drew mentioned were there along with some Flying Dogs, Rogues, Allagash, Utica Club XX (I remember that one from my young days!), Hebrew Gold, Blue Star North Coast Wheat, Sam Smith and other micros. Tammy and Chip told me that when the 6% cap ends in NC in October they will get some heavier beers (Belgians etc).
Everything is installed (coolers and counters) and the store boasts 400 beers and thousands of wines. A wine university which is connected to this store is starting up for the fall. I was told they were thinking of doing homebrewing workshops but not enough people stay past a week to make it work. The biggest task from this point appears to be wooing the locals
There is now cold beer so hopefully the word on the street will spread. There seems to be a glut of wine places in OBX so I have a good feeling they will stay around.
Butters (188) Richmond, Virginia | February 18, 2008| Updated December 1, 2011
This is a beer mecca. HUGE selection of great beers. The staff was extremely friendly. I actually talked with the owner, Chip, about drinking at the Green Leafe Cafe in Williamsburg. He then loaded me up with several beers that I had never heard of including one of my alltime favorites, Holy Mackerel. You must buy your beer from here when vacationing at the OBX. *edit* Chip sold the place, and the new young guy (phil I think?) is very cool and laid back. They have a new tasting room with good draft brews that will let you do a flight of 6 beers for $10.
Very nice place that I luckily found on Ratebeer and was able to visit. Bottle beer selection for singles is very good and many local NC choices that I havenít seen before. Service was perfect - available and friendly, but not pushy. Small tap room is connected with 6 beers available for a pint or sample. Great place for good beer while in OBX.
Very nice atmosphere in the store and Chip lets you break up any packs that you might see. Good selection, I believe he said that they carried 412 different beers. Most were singles and unrefrigerated, but there was a refrigerated selection too. Much better than what I was expecting for a store that only sees seasonal activity.
My wife and I discovered this place by accident and were glad we did. Itís right on the main drag in and out of the Outer Banks, and is an excellent place to pick up the best craft and import selections around. I found a few goodies here that I canít get across the state line in Virginia, and the guy working (owner?) was super cool, well informed, beer savvy and low key. Most definitely worth a visit!
Impressive selection of domestic and foreign beers. Most small bottles are available as singles. Half a dozen beers on draft, available in 5 oz pours, and featuring regional beers (Georgia to Virginia). Friendly and knowledgable staff.
Recently visited Chipís while at the Outer Banks. Mostly a wine store but there is certainly a good amount of space devoted to beer (I donít know exactly but I would say this is about 75% vs. 25% wine to beer). The beer selection is very good and well stocked. The store is very clean and seems orderly. The people in the store seem to know their beer. The prices seem in line with other stores in the general area. Within a 75 mile radius, at least, you will not find a better selection. A must if you are visiting the Outer Banks.
Originally reviewed: 9/14/09. Wow! This is the one and only place to get your beer when in the area. An entire wall is dedicated to single bottles of beer, all separated by style. Another rack is 6-packs only, and thereís even a small cooler section if you want to take your beers straight to the beach for consumption. Chip offers a very wide selection of brews at very reasonable prices. Many of his single bottles are less then $1.99, which is hard to find where I come from. I even found the new Stone Vertical for only $7.99! I spoke with Chip a little bit and he was very nice and helpful. I told him this was the most recommended beer stop for the area by BA, and he was very happy about that. I will return here again and again when I get back to this area. Highly recommend.
Just opened in early June, 2005. When I visited, a guy was just installing the beer coolers and apologized for not having any cold beer. He also pointed out that you can buy singles of any of the beers. This place already has the best selection of regional an national micros in the OBX area (believe me - Iíve been scouring beverage stores in the area almost every summer for the past 10 years) - Iím happy to have finally found an excellent beer store near the beach. I found brew from Duck-Rabbit, Mash House, Edenton, Weeping Radish, Highland and St. Georges. I talked with the owner, Tammy. She said that they will be adding to the selection once the new "Pop the Cap" NC legislation goes into effect. They are located in a small plaza right at Milepost 6 - look for the big green "6" sign in front of the plaza. This is an essential stop.