Beer from Here: Outer Banks Brewing Station – LemonGrass Wheat Ale
Situated in the Outer Banks or OBX for short, Outer Banks Brewing Station is the nations first wind-powered brew pub. The Kill Devil Hills brewery sits a mere minutes from where the Wright brothers became the “first in flight.” Owners Aubrey Davis and Eric Reese met while working in the Peace Corps and discussed opening a business together when they returned to the States. Eric took a job at Bison Brewing in California and Aubrey found an interest in homebrewing. In 1997 the two talked about their growing interest in beer and the business concept turned into a brewery idea on the coast of North Carolina.
I stopped by the OBBS on a recent trip to the beach. It’s obligatory to search and imbibe local beer when visiting new places, and the summer vacation destination was no different. A quick scan beforehand netted two spots – Full Moon Cafe and Brewery in Manteo and OBBS. I was excited to check two more NC breweries off my list.
A lunch stop at Outer Banks Brewing Station brought LemonGrass Wheat to my attention. The award-winning wheat ale took home the 2002 GABF Bronze Medal and the 2010 World Beer Cup Silver Medal. That’s some pretty good company and a four-pack of cans to go was a requirement.
The wheat poured a cloudy, straw-like yellow with mild effervescence. A one finger head eventually nestled into a thin cap covering the brew. With the look of a morning orange juice, the aroma exhibited notes of banana, cloves and lemon.
Spice and bitterness upfront highlighted my first sip. Banana and lemon were also present that blended well with the wheat bread flavor of the malts. The addition of lemon grass added a uniqueness to the light-bodied beer that was quite enjoyable. The herbal hop character was low and a fruity sweetness rounded things out.
The ale is a winner in my book, only made better by the addition of lemon grass. It’s crisp and refreshing. The ideal vacation beer, and the fact it’s available in 16 oz. cans is an added bonus. Be sure to find yourself a four-pack (or get a growler fill) if you visit the Outer Banks this summer.
LemonGrass Wheat and other Outer Banks Brewing Station beers can be found in bars, restaurants, supermarkets and specialty stores around the Outer Banks.
Brewery: Outer Banks Brewing Station
City: Kill Devil Hills, NC
Style: American Wheat Ale
Availability: Year-round, draft and 16 oz. cans