Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 9,582
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
This was my third free-form (go where ever without a real schedule) trip to Oregon, and my traveling companion's first trip there where I introduced her to Full Sail Beers & Ales. After looping the state down the coast, then Crater Lake, then back up through Bend, on to Hood River we found ourselves at the Full Sail Brewery a little late for the tour so we settled into the Pub for some food and of course something to drink.
It was a quiet Fall afternoon on a weekday and we were the only ones in the pub. Our beertender/waitress was very friendly, knowledgeable about Full Sail, and helpful in helping us sample a variety of brews. I had a pretty tasty sandwich and everything was very reasonably priced. I couldn't resist picking up a set of Pub Glasses while I was there. The view of the Columbia River is beautiful, even on a somewhat gray and blustery day. I will be going back again the next time I'm flying in or out or Portland as it isn't that far (about 60 miles, or about an hour) from PDX airport on a gorgeous drive (with scenic waterfalls) out I-84 to the scenic town of Hood River and the Full Sail Brewery.
Well worth the visit.
02-23-2013 06:03:56 | More by Jester
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
My primary reason for going to Full Sail was to take the brewery tour. While waiting for the tour my wife and I ate lunch in the pub and found it to be quite a pleasant place. The high point is the view over the Columbia River. The pub itself reminded me a bit too much of the standard sports bar you could find in virtually any corner of the world. The food was decent (not a ton of vegetarian options on the menu, unfortunately) and there were several beers available in the taproom that Full Sail does not make available outside the pub. Overall I am not a huge fan of Full Sail's beers, but some of the limited releases and taproom-only choices were quite interesting.
The tour was interesting, although the brewery was not functioning when we were there. The guide was great and since there were only a few people on the tour there were lots of opportunities to ask questions. The only downside was that they no longer have free tastings at the end of the tour... apparently too many people were "abusing" the policy. So now they hand out free pint glasses. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.
01-08-2012 00:08:21 | More by KimenTshom
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stationed up on the south bank of the columbia river, Full Sail has a spectacular view. The interior of the bar is clean and tidy. Outside deck area is very comfortable as well. I stopped in with some friends to get a bit of lunch the. Went on the brewery tour. Our tour guide was a nice guy, though at times it's seemed as if he had done it so many times the words were beginning to loose their meaning. We had a small group so we got him a little detailed from his talking points and were able to carry some cool conversation about full sail and thier beer. Back up at the pub, the tour guide popped in, tha Jed us for taking the tour and gave us some little trinkets and brewery swag. The bar offers almost all of Full sail's offerings as well as one or two pub specials. Their whole lineup is solid, so if you're visiting from out of state, try a sampler. The server was a young woman who was attentative and pretty quick with service. (though I haven't been there at one of the more busy times) food is on par with places like Deschutes public house, it's better than average pub food.
01-04-2012 20:31:27 | More by gkunkle
3.86/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here briefly during our Hood River day trip, desiring to give more time to the smaller names of microbrewing in the area. Still very glad we took the time to visit Full Sail, as their Black Gold was among the best brews I sampled in our short week in Portland/Hood River/Corvalis.
Atmosphere is pretty contemporary / casual dining / family friendly, with an obvious nautical hybridish type theme. A small bar seats hmm maybe 10 people. Tables and chairs and an outside dining area, but there was still a line of patrons waiting outside to be seated, and this was mid-afternoon. Service at the bar was just fine. There were about 10 beer selections on tap, as well as house beers available in bottles, available also for take-out in the merch area. Prices seemed decent. Didn't get a chance to sample or even look at the food, as we had lunch earlier at Double Mountain.
Full Sail is definitely worth a visit (especially if Black Gold is on), although I prefer the more laid back atmosphere of the nearby Double Mountain and to a greater extent, Big Horse.
01-04-2012 09:42:58 | More by Rifugium
4.44/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First of all one of the better tours I've been on was here, as you got both the history of the brewery and also a somewhat more detailed account of what goes into beer (generally on tours I get one or the other). I visited the brewpub the night before the tour and judging by the staff initially it seemed to be highbrow... a perception that was misguided. Struck up some healthy conversations with the locals and tried a great barrel aged beer amongst others in a solid line up. I liked the selection which seemed to have a few rarities, but considering their beer isn't sold in Wisconsin I'm unsure. I really appreciate the grass roots basis on which the brewery stands and hope to one day regularly buy their beers. For now though, I will have the memory of a pleasant visit to one of Oregons most finest breweries.
11-13-2011 07:54:06 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in for lunch and a beer on the way to Portland, from Idaho. Skipped the tour and went to the pub and tasting room.
Arrived mid afternoon on a Saturday, it was very crowded and I could not get one of the cherished window seats for a view of the gorge. The indoor are was medium sized, nothing special about the decor, it was more sports bar than brew pub. Nice outdoor seating area on a concrete patio with a few umbrella tables.
Beer selection offered the Full Sail main stays and a few pub exclusives. Food menu was pub average, with some nice appetizers, limited number of sandwiches and salads. The pub burger was very good.
Service was good, nothing spectacular you had to drag information from the server. She could have been a little more talkative and offer some suggestions. Not sure of her beer knowledge other than "yeah thats a good beer".
Overall it was a good experience, enjoyed a couple of good beers and had a nice lunch.
09-21-2011 23:17:22 | More by dtivp
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped for a beer at the Full Sail Brewery and Tasting Room while traveling to Portland. It was rainy Friday afternoon.
It's a production brewery located on a hill overlooking the Columbia River. We skipped the tour and made our way to the pub in the back. It's a small but nice place with huge picture windows. Tall tables and bar space, and of course the brewery memorabilia on sale.
Service was good. We were just having a couple of beers, and grabbing a few hard to find bottles to go.
Selection is limited to Ful Sail brews, but they did have a couple of limited releases that will not be bottled. I had a limited release IPA.
Value was good. Under $$4 for the pints, and bottles at less than grocery store prices.
I'd love to stop and spend some more time at this place, especially on a nice day.
05-17-2011 18:04:32 | More by RJLarse
4/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We have visited this oregon staple a few times over the last year. As one of oregons founders, leaders, and innovators of craft beer its nice to see that they dont have a very high end thought of themselves like some other brewery's.
A huge warehouse building near downtown, sprawling over a few blocks, its quite the sight. Entering the brewpub itself down a wavy hallway, its very inviting, open and has a great view of the river.
Service has always been friendly, very knowledgable, and helpful. Food is pretty good, a bit higher end for the area I would say, but still rather inexpensive and delicious. Beers seem to be the regular lineups, with a few seasonals, and one of's. I wish they would have more than just the regulars, I love to go to a well established company and try beer that is not well established at all, but having a pint of even something classic where its brewed is still great.
The tour is really where this place shines, one of the best we have been on. Very knowledgable, able to answer questions, and you even get a free pint glass at the end! We've been on it twice, once was a day when the plant wasnt really operating, the second they were in full production. Unlike many other brewery tours you get to be right beside everything, right in the middle of the action versus walking on high balconies just watching.
Wonderful place overall, wish it was closer so we could visit more often.
03-09-2011 21:18:15 | More by Elimination
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by for a late lunch on 8-9-10 after enjoying a late morning/early afternoon enjoying the waterfalls off of the Columbia River Gorge scenic highway.
The overall atmoshpere was good, you walk past the fermentors and a substantial giftshop on the way to the Pub. We chose to sit outside which afforded a spectacular view of the Gorge, unfortunately I-84 was a detraction as it sits between the Pub and Gorge.
Quality was good all the way around. Ample room in the Pub itself, looked to be very inviting to hang out when the weather was not as spectacular.
Service was good, our server was knowledgable about the beer and was timely despite being farily busy at the beginning of happy hour.
Selection of beer was good, approximately 8-10 beers to choose from.
Food was very good, I had the fish and chips which was good but a bit pricey at $15. Da Boss had the Fish Tacos which were very good.
The overall experience was good, glad we continued down the highway to experience one of our tailgate beer staples. Would recommend if you are traveling to Portland.
08-12-2010 14:38:58 | More by arizcards
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
First off, this place has just an awesome view of the Gorge. The lead in from a brewery tour is an awesome transition. There is an abundance of merchandise and beer to buy. The staff is friendly and the service is good.
There was a decent selection of beer on tap when I visited. Session Black had just been released. Out of the taster tray I had nothing let me down. Even the standard Amber was spot on.
Met a group of friends here who were headed home for a concert. We had a great time and tried just about everything on tap after a brewery tour which was top notch. Tons of detail and impressive bottling line and warehouse!
05-19-2010 03:44:21 | More by djbreezy
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub in Hood River, OR
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