Full Moon Cafe & Brewery, Manteo, NC

We found out about the Full Moon Cafe & Brewery from one of the visitor guide magazines for the Outer Banks.  Since we are always game to try a new brewery, we headed down there.  On our first trip, finding parking was difficult.  However, on the subsequent three visits ( ☺ ) we had no difficulty finding a parking spot.  It would appear, though, that the best times to go and have parking readily available are lunch times on Saturdays and Sundays, which are turnover days (renters leaving or coming in for the week).

Four visits?  Yes.  The second visit was because we really enjoyed the beers we had the first time.  On the second visit we had a sampler plus the one they had that could not be made part of a sampler.  Our third visit was because their new beer, The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, was supposed to be released.  It wasn’t, which necessitated a fourth visit.  This time The Holy Hand Grenade was available, and it was well worth the effort we put into getting it.  It is an imperial Russian stout, which is really flavorful and smooth; it delights the senses, even of non-stout drinkers.

We’ve eaten both lunch and dinner here, and enjoyed both, thoroughly.  This photo is of our dinner on our last visit.  The beers are The Holy Hand Grenade and Stone of Destiny, a wee heavy or Scottish ale.  If you are looking for a restaurant that serves outsize portions, this is not the place for you.  The portion sizes here are enough, but not excessive, and everything we’ve had has been cooked well: meats cooked as requested, and vegetables still crisp.

As a result of all our visits we have tried all nine of the beers they currently have available.  Every one of the beers has been excellent.  And as we’ve said before, The Holy Hand Grenade is amazing, as is the Stone of Destiny.  Possibly the most amazing thing about the quality of the beer is that the brewery has been around for only three years.  The cafe has been in business for 18 years.

The cafe has a small dining room, for which dinner reservations are recommended.  The brewery has a small bar and a few tables.  You can get the same food in the bar as in the cafe, and of course the cafe serves the beer, as well as wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

The Full Moon Cafe & Brewery was a wonderful find.  It is a place we will be returning to when we are in the area, and we would recommend it to anyone who likes craft beer.  Based on one experience we had, this could be a place that converts non beer drinkers to beer drinkers…

You can find their website at http://www.thefullmooncafe.com.  There are more photos in the album.

NOTE:  While everything remains apparently the same, Full Moon has changed the name of its brewery to Lost Colony.  (July 2016)

Original visit July 25, 2013

© Susan L. Stone 2015                   rovingstones@me.com