It is a hot, muggy day here on the Outer Banks. The perfect day for a tall cold glass of beer . . . and luckily there are a few local places brewing up their own beer, and the beer is really good.

The father, or maybe grandfather, of the local brew scene has got to be Ule Beniwitz at Weeping Radish in Jarvisburg. The brewery started in Manteo almost 30 years ago and was the first microbrewery in North Carolina., 

Production outgrew the original space and Uli moved everything to his present location—a 14 acre organic farm and restaurant—a little bit north of the Cotton Gin.

There’s a reason why the Weeping Radish is still going strong. All beer is brewed to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516—which probably doesn’t mean much to most Americans. But what it means for taste is the beers are crisp, refreshing and very well balanced.

Although the Weeping Radish has been around the longest, the Outer Banks Brewing Station is probably the best know local brew pub. Easy to find—just look for the wind turbine along the bypass in Kill Devil Hills—Eric and Aubrey tend to be more adventurous with their beers than the Weeping Radish. 

Excellent beer across the spectrum, with a very good restaurant. Definitely worth checking out. They also brew their own birch beer for kids. Tasters we have spoken to about it have consistently ranked it five out of five stars.

Even though Weeping Radish moved out a number of years ago, Manteo still has a brewpub. Paul Charron at Full Moon Cafe brews just enough beer to take care of his restaurant’s needs. Very good beer, done in a British Isles style. Order a beer and a meal, get a seat at the sidewalk cafe and watch the world go by. 

It’s not a bad way to spend an hour.