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Fullsteam Brewery

Not Rated.
Fullsteam BreweryFullsteam Brewery
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 817
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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 d0ggnate:
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Had a short visit here last night. First off, very cool setup going on here. The brewery/tasting area is very bar-like. Bar-like hours, too. Open 4pm to 2am the night we were there. You walk into a large open area with ping pong table, arcade games. Beyond that there was tons of seating. To your left you'll find a bar area where you can order half-pints, pints and pitchers of their current offerings. We started with the seasonal Summer Basil farmhouse ale (very basil forward, would be great on a hot summer day) and the One Hop Rye (single hop rye-PA hopped with Apollo), which was solid.

We found a place to sit in the great room. Lots of details. Tons of different types of people. Young, old, families, groups of friends. Appeared to be a pretty popular local gathering spot. Even had a food cart (??) setting up out front as we arrived.

Moved on to their Sweet Potato Lager and Southern Lager. Southern Lager was dark in color, but still crisp on the palate. The SP Lager was delicious. A bit chewy, mealy but still very palatable and crisp in finish. Last we tried the Hogwash (hickory smoked porter) and El Toro cream ale (100% North Carolina grains). El Toro was great. Refreshing and smooth. Hogwash was an adventure. Heavily smoky, but still rich in flavor. Buyer beware, if you don't like smoked things, this won't be for you. However, that's not to say the beer wasn't good. A half pint shared was about all I personally needed.

Had a great time here. Would love to have this place in my backyard. I'll be back by again should I return to the area for another visit.

d0ggnate, Nov 24, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Zehcnas13
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Zehcnas13, Yesterday at 12:30 AM
Photo of Yetiman420
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

****UPDATE*****
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.

Yetiman420, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of JohnWilliam
5/5  rDev +24.4%

JohnWilliam, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

SFNC, Sep 01, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Rifugium, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

BigTrubble, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Zilcho
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%

Zilcho, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Zimm, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Highbury09, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 17, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%

sonofliberty2, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dbrauneis, Aug 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

MalibuKenny, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jak, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Barhoppin13, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

raleigh_blue, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jtladner, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
3.86/5  rDev -4%

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.

Mantooth, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

bcgeiman, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Kegatron, Feb 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

sleepyteacher, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.06/5  rDev +1%

Worth the trip to Dirty-D

This place was absolutely rocking on the Friday after x-mas. A full house inside a dumpling truck slinging product outside the front door.

Fullsteam's beers are all solid, but not outstanding. I was disappointed they weren't pouring either of their primary winter releases; fruitcake or the BB imperial stout.

They had 8-10 of their own taps and a dozen or so NC guests, but nothing really standout. Tap selection will obviously vary, but it was a tad disappointing this time around.

All that said, I left happy. Cool place with an energetic vibe.

dirtylou, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

flipdog0, Dec 18, 2013
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Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.