Fullsteam Brewery

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Fullsteam BreweryFullsteam Brewery
Based on:
25 Beers
896 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 16
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

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(Place added by: atsprings on 07-06-2010)
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Reviews by AngusOg:
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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.

More User Reviews:
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4.7/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.25 | 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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.24/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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.

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4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Photo of Mantooth
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Neat pub for this up and coming brewery. It's located in an old industrial arae of Durham that was really hopping when we stopped by yesterday - there were food trucks everywhere, a packed bar across the street with outdoor seating, and a bbq spot named The Pit right beside it (which I'm told is very good). Fullsteam has a neat entry area, with pingpong tables and videogames - there were a lot of kids hanging out there, while just thru the door to the left is a neat little bar with about 20 drafts... mostly their own but a few taps were dedicated to other local breweries. The whole place has a neat industrial steam punk vibe. If you're in the area check this spot out, great service - really good beer - just a fun spot to hang out. Oh - it's also dog friendly, several folks at the bar had dogs with them. Also - cool merch for sale - shirts are $20 and very cool.

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Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC
91 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.