Yup, this is a must stop. The Outer Banks has been dying for a place like this in my opinion. Very solid beer selection of some NC stuff that doesn’t make it out of state often, lots of other regional micros, and a solid selection of Belgians. Amongst other little treats, I walked out with a 750 of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Chip and staff were friendly, and if you are into port, they had a very nice selection of that as well in their wine area. You also might want to check out the coffee shop next door, they roast their own beans and put out some good stuff as well.
stopped in here over the weekend and i was very surprised at the selection. i was expecting maybe 2 or 3 surprises, but i ended up having to narrow down my purchases so that i didn’t go broke in this store. nothing really knocks your socks off, and the stout selection was a little light, but there is a lot of beer here that i can’t get in virginia beach. morimoto impy pilsner, duck rabbit, midas touch, cantillon, fuller’s vintage, ommegang cave aged 3L, chimay v. 2001 3L, nostradamas, mussette, etc. very nice and knowledgeable staff. didn’t get to meet chip, but met his wife. she said they’re looking to expand their inventory, and they already have a nice selection of glasses. lots of wine, sake and other interesting items as well. a must stop in the outer banks.
Nice guy that Chip (owner). I emailed him a question or two before I went their and he replied quickly and pleasantly. Given the beer wasteland everyone had described the Outer Banks to be, I was most pleased with his selection. A great variety of North Carolina brews, along with a solid offering of Belgians and micros from around the US. Chip was easy to talk to and help my wife and I out with several Saki selections for a family dinner. A very nice looking variety of wine as well. Stop by, as I could not find a better place for your alcohol needs in the Outer Banks!
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.
I visited here in January 2006. Very helpful and pleasant staff. The store isn’t very large, but about a fourth of it is devoted to beer. As far as I could tell, they carry just about everything that is distruibuted in Eastern NC. They say they have 400 beers, and although I didn’t count them I wouldn’t argue with that number. They offer everything in singles as well, which is nice. I expect their selection to continue to improve as more and more beeers become available in NC since the 6% cap has ended. I’ll definitely stop by whenever I’m in the area.
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.
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 - I’ve been scouring beverage stores in the area almost every summer for the past 10 years) - I’m 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.