Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
I pass Hood River about twice a week and am mainly reviewing the beer selection and service. I stop at the brewery about every two weeks and can usually find a new (to me) beer to sample. If I like the taste I will get a growler fill for $9 which is very reasonable. The atmosphere of the place is very corporate and shiney and IMO not what you would call cozy. No fireplace, etc. More like a sports bar. The beer selection is their mainstays along with a few seasonal or limited beers. Usually there is a brewmaster's reserve on tap as well. They have cases of their regular beer in the cartons and encourage you to open them if you want a six pack. Otherwise they have a small beer fridge with some cold beers to go as well. Bombers both room temp. and in the fridge are available. Most bombers go for $3 which is a very good price. I did pay $9 once for a barrel aged porter but that is unusual. I have had no problems with service but I have noticed it can be busy when tours are finishing and the people come into the pub area. Also expect summer time to be busy. I enjoy Full Sail beers and if you do, drop by. If you have time take the tour. I believe it includes a logo pint glass with a free beer. Pretty good deal IMO.
02-13-2009 05:14:41 | More by Spikester
4.64/5 rDev +19.3%
One of my good friends had been pumping up how money the Full Sail Brewery was and I just kept nodding my head not answering for weeks. I grew up here in Portland and have seen the brand since I started quaffing the nectar. Maybe I had it when I was too young to know or maybe it could of been a beer of pops but I didn't give them much respect.
After visiting the homey atmosphere of the brewery and tasting a number of their beers I have changed my tune. The ceilings seemed a little low but other than that it was comfortable and the wood all around was nice. It also had a beautiful view of the Columbia River.
The quality was very good. I sat at the bar and bent the ear of one of the tenders who happened to be a brewer so it was great to talk to someone who was in the know. He was very knowledgeable and could speak to the intricacies of the brews. I had four different varieties of some tapped beer and they were all excellent. I think they had over 12 beers on tap and the Nitro Wassail was money. The best part about it was they were $3 a pint. I will definitely go back hopefully when the sun is shining so I can sit on the deck.
12-14-2007 05:56:00 | More by cswhitehorse
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
A whirlwind '02 tour of touristy Oregon places was gratefully broken up with a stop at the Full Sail brewpub.
A sparse hall and " common room", brightly painted with about 20 tables, and a large picture window over looking the river below.
Freindly waitstaff / owners ( FS is employee owned) served us pints of fresh IPA from the bar and we went outside to sit on the ample deck, abover a sea of empty kegs. The young guy manning the grill made us some hefty Buffalo burgers and we were content to sit, sip and watch the sail boarders rip accross the windy river.
All in all a good stop. Beer was fresh and tasty and the atmosphere very relaxed but not warm and cozy. The staff was very well informed about thier beers and the process and took the time to chat and suggest other stops on our OR tour. Burgers were good too!
*BA reviews of more recent visits suggest your results may vary.
12-03-2007 21:03:39 | More by Shiredave
2.96/5 rDev -23.9%
My wife and I did a three-day, 16 brewpub/brewery tour of northwest Oregon. Full Sail and Lucky Lab tied for the worst beer of the trip. Both had a redeming quality. Full sail has a nice view of the Columbia River if the wind is out and the kite boards are happening (Lucky Lab has a dog theme). We ordered a sampler. The beers were so bad we left with probably 60% of our beer remaining. I picked up a bomber of their IPA reserve which I regret as I was limited with the amount of beer I could check in my luggage.
If you're being selective of where you get your alcohol, head around the corner to Double Mountain where Full Sail's former brewer has taken up shop. If you must support the touristy Full Sail, ask them exactly what it means to be employee owned. I think it's part of their new marketing culture along with an awful Red Stripe-type lager offering called Session.
10-29-2007 21:26:02 | More by Yetiman420
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
I've been coming to Full Sail for many years now, and still remember the first night I was here, watching a Trailblazer/Supersonic playoff game (which ought to tell you just how long ago that was). The decor, ambience and furniture in the tap room have improved considerably since then (the first time I was there they had old school desks and benches to sit on), but I still get the distinct impression that having a pub/taproom is a complete afterthought for FS.
From the street out front, you walk down a long hallway, passing by the impressive brewing kettles. At the end of the hallway is a smallish tap room, with a smallish bar just to your left as you enter it. Typically FS has between 8 and 10 beers on tap, with usually at least one or two that are available only at the brewery. There is also a cold box where you can pick up FS beers to go.
I find the beers made by FS these days to be pretty solid, and really appreciate their brewmaster reserve series (wreck the halls, Sun of spot, etc.).
Next to the taproom is a very nice outside patio, where most people sit if it's a half way decent day. While breezy out there, the view of the river and town is fabulous, with an opportunity to watch the hordes of people windsurfing, para-gliding, etc.
As for the service, what can I say, it invariably sucks. Waits for food are often long, and on more then one occasion I've had to go back inside to remind them of my order. However, when you eventually get your food, what I've had so far has usually been pretty good. My salmon ceasar last time was quite tasty, and the portion ample.
These days I certainly would not go out of my way to visit Full Sail, unless I had never been there before and was in love with their beer. However, if you happen to be out that way anyway, I'd certainly recommend a visit. You can make a day of it by visiting Walking Man (across the river in Stevenson), double moutain and Big Horse brewpub. It makes for a pretty good day.
09-27-2007 14:44:54 | More by John_M
2.9/5 rDev -25.4%
Full Sail's public house is located right downtown, walking distance from pretty much everything (as well as the other two brewpubs).
Brightly lit, doesn't have a real good pub atmosphere. Flat panel tvs on the walls playing sports. Lots of tables packed in there and pretty noisy.
Just sat at the bar for drinks. Service was pretty poor. Hard to get a sampler (as i saw other BA reviewers write). Even hard to get a little taster. Bartender looked like we were ruining his day when we asked for a taste of a beer that wasnt in our sampler. He wasn't busy either, not like we were interrupting him, sheesh.
Long story short. Stop by here for some beers while your in town, but if your hungry go to Big Horse brewpub or if you want excellent atmosphere go to DoubleMountain brewpub.
09-27-2007 01:17:33 | More by SurlyDuff
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
saw the sign from I-84 after heading into hood river after a morning of exploring the columbia river gorge
atmosphere: brewery located overlooking the columbia river - i remember thinking it was the perfect place to set up shop. the atmosphere inside was pretty plain but did offer nice views. the outdoor porch offered even better views and was pretty pleasant on this day
quality: all beers were fresh and tasty
service: our bartender seemed to know the beer pretty well and he covered his area well. the guy was always there when needed so no complaints
selection: it was all new to me so i was pretty exctited. all the beers were fairly standard but i think the rarer beers were the son of spot ipa, wassail, ltd 02 and a belgian. I had the wassail and nugget, both of which i enjoyed. Overall i would say there were 10-12 taps and a variety of the same beer available in bottles
food: i ordered a salad which i never do at restaurants because i like to think i can make a better salad than any restaurant. it was an organic field green with salmon and it really hit the spot...ingredients were fresh and everyone enjoyed their meals
value: 3$ pints every day? yeah, thats value to me
09-19-2007 03:40:18 | More by dirtylou
4.14/5 rDev +6.4%
We decided to swing by and check Full Sail out on a recent trip through the Columbia River Gorge. We got there just before the start of a brewery tour so we figured that would be a good way to start things off. The tour was the standard tour (Show some tanks, show some ingredients, show some packaging equipment, done). The girl giving the tour is the daughter of an employee on a summer internship (I believe). She was pleasant and admitted that she didn't know too much but would try to find out the answer to any questions she couldn't. Pleasantly surprised, after the tour which took 20 minutes or so, we all received a wooden token for a free pint glass. Very cool and unexpected. Also, its a pretty big operation producing over 100,000 bbls/year. Which is amazing because I have never heard of them until 30 minutes for we hit Hood River.
After the tour, we decided to sit down and try an assortment of their beers since we had never had them. The server was knowledgeable and helpful. Several of our group decided on samplers and others just a pint or two. The server when asked about the samplers explained that it is 7 samples (5 regulars and 2 of the 5brewmaster selections). When asked if it was possible to get the other 3 brewmaster selections, she said sure. Value is very good. Pints were cheap, samplers with cheap and we weren't charged for the extra brewmaster selections in the sampler. Free pint glass with a quick 20 minutes tour. Very cool place.
The outside deck which looks out over the river (and the wind surfers) seems to be the place to sit in the nice summer sun. Good crowd and good vibe. We didn't have any food as we were planning dinner somewhere else and no one was particularly hungry. Menu seemed pretty extensive but I can't speak to it.
I would recommend to anyone a visit to the Full Sail Brewery and to sit on the deck and enjoy some nice weather and some wonderful beers.
08-14-2007 01:12:17 | More by bigman147
3.13/5 rDev -19.5%
Full Sail was our first stop in our Hood River trifecta. The place is smart and stylish, with great views of the Columbia River Gorge out the back.
When we sat down at the bar I asked the bartender for a sample of everything they had on tap, which is our standard way to start things out. He brought us seven samples, although their beer menu listed ten. I had to ask specifically a second time for samples of the stout, porter and Belgian. They also had a second IPA on tap that wasn't listed on the menu- the nice lady sitting to my left brought it to my attention and I had to ask specifically for a sample. This ranks as really bad service in my book, but since the bartender did look up the number of another nearby brewery in the phone book and call them to find out if they were still open for us, I won't give such a horrible score there.
I guess in the end I can say that Full Sail is a good place. Not a great place, but a good one. You probably won't have a horrible experience there. Everyone is helpful and knowlegeable. But trendy brewpubs are a dime a dozen, and this place didn't seem to have that spark that sets it above the competition. I can understand why some of their employees left and started Double Mountain a few blocks away. The next time I'm in Hood River, I'll be heading there.
07-12-2007 08:12:40 | More by MikeFromMarsPA
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
Made a point to stop here while making our way to Portland. Just off I-84 and easy to find. When you enter the building you walk down a long hallway to the rear of the building which has the bar area. A smallish bar is manned by no less than 3 bartenders as there is a large crowd as most tables were full of patrons sipping pints. There is a nice outside deck that provides some fresh air and nice view of the river. But of course no seats were available so we headed back inside.
The place is basically self service, as you need to walk to the bar to place a beer and/or food order. Food is very basic, and we settled on some nachos and salsa to accompany our beers.
There were 9 beers on tap - IPA, Sunset IPA, Pale Ale, Bock, Imperial Porter, Rip Curl, Nitro Stout, ESB, and Amber. The Session Beer came in bottles, and quite a number of patrons were drinking it. The beers we had were fresh and of good quality.
Plenty of beers to go are available from cases, sixpacks, to bombers.Plenty of other merchandise available, including tees and glasses. From the view I had, many patrons were buying at least some beers to go or tee shirts.
Probably not a place for locals to hang, as it is a bit touristy. Worth a stop if in the area.
07-12-2006 11:03:46 | More by Gavage
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub in Hood River, OR
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