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3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
I came here twice and on both occasions things were a bit frenetic for me as I had to rush through my beers thanks to a tight schedule or an uncomfortable baby. I wish I could have spent more time here catching a live show, playing board games in the wide-open biergarten area and slowly sipping some brewskis.
As things stand, the atmosphere here is cool, particularly with the happening street outside with lots of food trucks, restaurants and bars within a fifteen second walk.
The majority of the seating is in a high-ceilinged hangar-like space with no air conditioning, so I stayed in the enclosed area where the taps are, which is a good way to deal with a flight of beers and stay cool.
I liked the beer holder for my flight of beers, which was shaped like the state of North Carolina, and wish I could have taken the thing home. That's a nice tough.
Now for the beer. Every beer here was good (3.5/5), with the Hogwash smoked beer and the Rocket Science IPA (which I had off-site from a bottle) being the two that impressed me both (4/5 for each). I found the lineup to be interesting for its inclusion of a sweet potato lager, a rye Abbey beer, and the smoked beer, but still to be on the conservative side of what you see brewery's around the US doing nowadays. There were no sours, no big imperial beers, and nothing that really knocked my socks off.
Still, a good core lineup is important and Fullsteam has that. Plus a great atmosphere. It's a good place and likely a go-to for me if I lived in Durham.
One important thing to note: There are no outside growler fills here. That's always a bummer but not the brewery's fault.
08-17-2014 19:37:06 | More by ONovoMexicano
Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC
91 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.