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Fullsteam Brewery

Not Rated.
Fullsteam BreweryFullsteam Brewery
Based on:
26 Beers
239 Reviews
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 17
Visits: 51
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

726 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, North Carolina, 27701
United States
phone: (919) 682-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fullsteam

Place added by: atsprings on 07-06-2010

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Reviews: 17 | Visits: 51
Reviews by AngusOg:
Photo of AngusOg
4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place is awesome! Pretty much your typical small brewery and tasting room, but what sets it a part from most of the places i have been to was how family friendly this place was. This was one of the big reasons i picked this beer destination on a recent trip visiting the in-laws, but i was still a little skeptical. I dragged my wife and two small kids, plus my mother and father in-laws, about an hour from their home. But the place was totally chill and relaxed, had a game room and large "beer garden" area to hang out. It has a stage for live music (although no one was playing while we were there) and judging by their website has tons of special events. The guy working the bar was friendly and knowledgable. We all had a great time. The beers are decent enough, the one that stood out to me most was the Hogwash Hickory Porter. Plus they had about 5 guests beers, all local NC, which of the ones i tried were very good. The only 2 complaints i had, (1) was no sampler, however they did have half pints for $2 which was a reasonable price to try the brews, and (2) no AC in the beer garden area. However, the bar is air-conditioned, and that's where we stayed most of the time, as we visited on a hot July Sunday afternoon. However, my 4 year old didn't seem to mind the heat in the game area, and it didn't bother me too much either as i got to enjoy some quality beer while still spending time with the family. (1,423 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of ColdOneKev
4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in on a Friday afternoon after eating at The Pit next door. The tap room had probably been open for about 1/2 an hour when we arrived. I had the flight which was a little on thepricey side but they are good sized at 5oz and you get 5 selections. One nice touch is the paddle which is cut in the shape of North Carolina. Very friendly staff and you can purchase bombers to go. Multiple rooms, really allow you to spread out and not feel confined, although only the tap room itself was air conditioned. The game room, with a Lethal Weapon 3 pinball machine, had a huge industrial fan to keep it comfortable. Check it out. (627 characters)

Photo of InspectorBob
4.17/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NCbeerfan138
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Macsimus
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Boomer4ES
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of aleckpa
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Big open space in Durham. They have video games, board games, and a ping pong table. There several picnic style tables to sit at. Also, this is very kid friendly during the day, which I found different but it is part of Fullsteam's philosophy. They don't have TVs, but they have one giant projector screen.

There is a separate bar area than the regular seating area. The service wasn't the best, but there was a steady crowd. They have all of their beers and several guest NC beers. If you do a flight, you can only do a flight of the Fullsteam beers. This was a cool place to hang out at. Not the best beer in the world, but fun to go to on a Saturday afternoon. (664 characters)

Photo of RabidWolf
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Beertroop
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Great Retro pace is an old building. The beers are solid and great tasting. (75 characters)

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of peetoteeto
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Renegawam
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ennissthemenace
2.52/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of Zehcnas13
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of Yetiman420
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Stop #432 on my world brewery tour.

Visited around 7 on a Sunday evening.

Wonderful large space. Board games, bands, picnic tables.

Had a flight with a ginger pale, apple rye IPA, hickory smoked porter, basil saison, and one other I can't recall. I think it's imperative to first make an awesome base beer before infusing with flavors. Because of this, the beers were a bit of a disappointment. I did enjoy the concept of trying a pale with Ginger and having smoke from something other than beechwood. It just would have been a better experience if the base beers were great to begin with.

High rating for good service and the space is great. I couldn't see myself going on a regular basis as there wasn't a beer on the flight that I could handle more than a sample of.

After bring contacted by the brewery, I feel it's important for me to add the fact that I did not try any of the classic beers (cream ale, IPA, and steam beer) which is what one would likely drink on a regular basis. (1,014 characters)

Photo of JohnWilliam
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of SFNC
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Zilcho
3.24/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Zimm
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
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. (1,646 characters)

Photo of sonofliberty2
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

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Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC
91 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.