The First Windpowered Brewery in the USA - Outer Banks Brewing Station in
Kill Devil Hills, NC
The Outer Banks Brewing Station is the first wind powered brewery in the
United States! Also, this brewpub was the first business to produce wind
power on the Outer Banks. It only took 5 years to get the permit for the
windmill. This brewery pride ourselves in being innovative and conscious
about the environment, while helping others learn as much as they can about
renewable energy and sustainability.
Background of the Outer Banks Brewing Station
OBX restaurants OBX brewery The Outer Banks Brewing Station restaurant and
brewery began as a concept in 1992 while the founders, Eric Reece and Aubrey
Davis were Peace Corps volunteers alongside Tina Mackenzie in Thailand. Aubrey
had grown up spending summers at his grandparents’ place on the Outer Banks, and
felt it was the perfect place to start a brew pub. The Outer Banks Brewing
station is now a staple in the OBX restaurant landscape.
Eric and Aubrey had developed an interest in home brewing, and Eric worked at a
brewery with Scott Meyer in Berkeley, California. As their concept grew, they
envisioned an environmentally friendly restaurant that celebrated the uniqueness
of the Outer Banks and its history.
The building itself, designed by architect Ben Cahoon and constructed by
Carolina Beach Builders, is a modern interpretation of a turn-of-the-century
Lifesaving Station. The bar represents the lifesaving boat, that pointed toward
the sea, is ready to be deployed down the tracks to save the crew of a
floundering ship. The tracks are made from beach bricks, part of a modern day
casualty of the sea. Tina started collecting the beach bricks, and Eric, tired
of moving them, had them sunk into the floor!
Brewmaster Scott Meyer
Another person instrumental in the brew pub is Scott Meyer, a master brewer out
of Berkeley, California. Formerly a vintner, Scott is a national and
international gold medal winner in brewing competitions. He will be on hand to
answer any questions, and help you become experts in the finer points of beer
and the brewing process. Recently, Scott's MeyerBock took home a gold medal at
the 2014 World Beer Cup.