Recently, we announced the Weeping Radish’s plans to remain closed for at least the summer season of 2022. For local beer lovers and out-of-town aficionados alike, this news is simultaneously disappointing and exciting.
On one hand, Currituck County would love to have the famed microbrewery open as soon as possible. But, on the other hand, the business wants to take their time and ensure a successful reopening. So, whether you’re disappointed with the Weeping Radish’s extended down time or excited for the promising future of the microbrewery, the Outer Banks beer scene doesn’t intend on slowing down.
If you’re a Weeping Radish regular, it’s temporary closure provides a great opportunity to check out the other beer destinations that OBX has to offer. Here’s a list of 7 great places you need to try.
Northern Outer Banks Brewing Company takes a no frills approach to the microbrewery concept. This establishment’s main focus is serving up great beer. There are no entrées on the menu, but patrons are welcome to bring food from home or a nearby restaurant to supplement the available snacks. Experienced customers order from Low Tide Bar & Grill, which is conveniently right next door, and bring their food over to Northern Outer Banks Brewing Company’s large, outdoor seating area.
Address: 520 Old Stoney Rd, Corolla, NC 27927
Hours: Thursday - Monday 1 - 7 PM
This Manteo-based restaurant pays homage to British cuisine while offering OBX seafood favorites to compliment their list of available beers. If you want to get acquainted with OBX, The Lost Colony Brewery + Tavern menu is great place to start. The menu is sure to provide a beer like you’ve never had before and references to important OuterBanks historical figures along with it.
Address: 208 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo, NC 27954
Hours: Sunday - Saturday 11 AM - 9 PM
This tap house is the perfect place to taste test beers, wines, and cocktails while catching the game or enjoying the beachy atmosphere. The food menu features snacks, salads, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, and more, so you can make a whole meal out of your visit. Keep in mind, this is a “beer wall” style restaurant (hence the name, Off the Wall). When you get the hankering, just grab a glass and head to the taps, or try a beer from the bottled selection.
Address: 603 Currituck Clubhouse Dr, Corolla, NC 27927
Hours: Sunday - Saturday 11:30 AM - 9 PM
Both Duck and Kitty Hawk are home to Growlers To Go Craft Beer locations, making it easy to find beers made in North Carolina and the southeast region as a whole. Each location features 40+ taps at each store, so variety and quantity are not issues here! If you’re on the go, Growlers has over 100 packaged beers to choose from. During your visit, make sure to pick up a premium cigar to enjoy alongside your craft beer or fine wine.
Address: 1187 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
Hours: Sunday - Saturday 11 AM - 6 PM
The year that Blackbeard met his grisly fate is also the name of a favorite OBX brewery. Bring your furry friends to the pet-friendly 1718 Brewing store, and enjoy beers on tap, soft pretzels, fish tacos, and Korean BBQ.
Address: 1129 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Hours: Sunday - Saturday 12 - 9 PM
As the only microbrewery on “Beach Road” (Virginia Dare Trail), Swells’a Brewing arguably has the best outdoor views on this list. Here, customers can enjoy a beer or two, listen to a live jazz band, and come watch the sunset from the top deck. There’s a spacious seating area and a couple of cornhole boards to level up the experience.
Address: 1802 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Hours: Saturday - Thursday 12 - 10 PM, Friday 12 - 11 PM