Lost Colony Brewery, on of four great local craft beer breweries.

Most of what we write about are adventures for the whole family, but the Outer Banks does have some things to do that Mom and Dad or the adults in the group might enjoy. One of the ideas we have is a little bit surprising—it is possible to journey on a very nice beer tasting tour, trying brews with very different styles but all very well made.

Give yourself five or six hours for this one because there is some driving involved, but it’s not too bad and it’s a great way to tour the Outer Banks.

There are now four microbreweries on the Outer Banks. One is a little bit off the sandbar, but we’ll give Weeping Radish a pass.

The order the breweries would be visited depends on where your staying.

Northern Outer Banks Brewing

520 Old Stoney Rd., Corolla

They just opened their door this past spring, so we haven’t had a chance to try all of their beers, but what we have sampled is very well made, with a good balance of flavors. The style tends to be lighter crisply flavored beers. Even the IPA is a refreshing brew without the heavy hoppy finish that many IPAs have.

The brewery is also on hand for Whalehead Wednesdays.

Outer Banks Brewing Station

600 South Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills

Arguably the best known micr-brewery on the Outer Banks. Look for the wind turbine. 

Serving a wide range of beers, featuring a variety of styles, everything is well-made and very drinkable. Excellent pub food to go with the tasting.

Lost Colony Brewery

208 Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo

The restaurant used to be Full Moon Cafe in downtown Manteo. Still has wonderful food and served in an outdoor cafe setting, weather permitting. Distinctly English style beers. 

Weeping Radish

6810 Caratoke Hwy, Grandy

The original Outer Banks microbrewery, located at one time in downtown Manteo. They outgrew that space and are just past the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg.

German style beers, very well made. Check out their sausages while tasting the beer. They make them on premises and they make them very well.