Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & PubFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
BEER AVG
3.66/5
Based on:
48 Beers
10,581 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

506 Columbia St
Hood River, Oregon, 97031
United States
phone: (541) 386-2247

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fullsailbrewing

Notes:
Place added by: Jason

Tasting Room and Pub is open daily from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm for lunch and dinner.

Brewery tours are available daily, free of charge at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.
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Photo of RedDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

UPDATED OCT. '07: The Full Sail Tasting Room occupies a bunkered cubicle quarried out of their enormous brewing complex. As you enter, the mechanical apparatus surrounds you on all sides with a cacophonous, industrial sibilance. It’s like stepping into a Pink Floyd song. Only there’s beer. Lots of beer.

Front hall windows allow viewing of steel tanks the size of lunar modules and of the bearded men in blue coveralls who run the hoses and tweak the dials. The tanks begin somewhere below ground and punch upwards through the roof. The far end of the hall opens to the tasting room where the north wall showcases a magnificent vista of the Columbia River, the hills of southern Washington, and two bustling railroads and freeways. As I drank my pilsner, a 100-car freight train passed below. Barges and windsurfers plied the waters of the mighty Columbia. A tanker truck backed in and the factory disgorged tons of spent gruel into its hull. Rising steam suggested it was still warm.

Full Sail closed its doors during the winter of ’07 for an upgrade and renovation. The new digs have lifted the place a rung or two further upscale though the indelible earthiness of a Hood River brewery tasting room is very much intact. The décor has been refined, the menu updated, and the T-shirt racks reduced in scope. New seats and new paint are in evidence. I used to see more off-duty employees imbibing there but perhaps I simply overlooked them on my last visit.

The Tasting Room does not showcase all of Full Sail’s most glorious expressions, and its selection is only slightly more appreciable than any other bar in town that stocks FS beer. A few less-common seasonals may make appearances, but the crown jewels of the Full Sail family are kept in a vault elsewhere. I’ve never seen Old Boardhead or Black Gold pouring in the tasting room, but I certainly wish I had. (I would crawl on my knees from Astoria if either of these were served on cask!) In general, while FS’s beers lack the quirky individualism of small-batch breweries, their standard lineup will always serve admirably at any BBQ or ball game.

One of the great things about Full Sail is that the brewery workers own 58% of their own company. These are the “47” that keep the place humming. The pride of self-ownership is evident at the brewery and throughout the town, and the organization has shown strong support for numerous environmental and progressive causes. Full Sail also operates a smaller, more experimental brewpub on the waterfront in downtown Portland.

As for the food, you are advised to avoid the chicken cordon bleu.

Photo of weefisheads
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Somehow I expected more....

Having driven by Full Sail many a time on I-84, I don't know why I expected any less when I saw it up close, but upon pulling up to the brewery I was really underwhelmed by how unremarkable it was. Unlike some of the other larger OR breweries - MacTarnahan & Widmer, for example - the building itself doesn't look much like a traditional brewery at all, but looks more like a warehouse or some storage facility. So much for first impression...

Upon entering there was some evidence that I was, in fact, in a brewery as some of the vats were visible through windows on the walk towards the tasting room, which lifted my spirits once again. Alas, only to be dashed anew when I entered the bar/tasting room, which reminded me of a high school cafeteria - cement floor, void of any personality, and wholey unimpressive. Ugh.

Rallying myself once again, I reminded myself that to heck with it all - its all about the beer. After all, this was Full Sail, makers of some TREMENDOUS beers (Bourbon Imperial Porter, Old Boardhead, Slipknot), so I focused myself and sashayed to where all the action was - the Bar.

My spirits soared when I saw the Double Wreck The Halls on tap, but was soon brought back to reality when I noticed that it was accompanied by a host of other beers that are...well...easy to find. There was one other tempting offering (a Brewers Reserve Stout), but otherwise there were 3 other Full Sail beers and a couple of Henry Weinhards. Where were the Slipknots, Hopocitys, Comet Ales, Capsize Double Pilsners?? Not only were none of these beers not on tap, but a careful perusal of their retail section only unearthed a few '03 Old Boardheads, which are easily found in Portland. Nuts!

However, all my persistence was rewarded when I tried the one and only beer I was interested in trying - the Double Wreck The Halls. Wow, truly a masterful beer, one that will not be forgotten for a long, long time.

Unfortunately, the rest of it I can't forget fast enough...

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Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The Full Sail brewery offers tours on the hour from 1 to 4, and after your tour you can come to the pub to try the beers and get a bite. During my visit they had about six or so beers available, as well as a couple of Henry Weinhard's beers that are currently being brewed at the Full Sail brewery. (I believe the Hefeweizen and the Amber Light are made here; the others are made somewhere in California.) One handpump, which was pouring Pale Ale on my visit. Some of the smaller releases are actually made at the satellite brewery in Portland, and then brought out here to the taproom. The pub itself is not much, just a medium sized room with standing bar and tables, and a patio. The whole thing overlooks the Columbia River, though, which is a splendid view with glimpses of the Washington Cascades in the background. Service was friendly and chatty. I did not try the food. You can buy Full Sail gear (t-shirts, frisbees, maybe some windsurfing paraphernalia?) and of course, the beer in bottles. Sometimes they have deals on cases. I saw one guy step up to the bar for a growler fill-up. I wouldn't go too far out of my way to visit the pub, but a day visit to Hood River (to check out the windsurfing or the orchards, or to hike around the Columbia River Gorge) would be perfectly complete with a quick tour of the brewery and a pint at the pub.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The tasting room at the Hood River brewery overlooks the highway and the magnificent Columbia River. Friendly and knowledgable service, generous tastings of thier regulars, seasonals, and specials. The notable on my visit was the fantastic 2004 imperial porter. A small menu of tasty items also caters to the health-conscious and vegans, with choices like the tempeh burger. We found the food to be quite good, especially the whole whequesidilla, served with excellent pico de gallo, black beans and sour cream . An assortment of Full Sail gifts are available...T shirts, frisbee golf discs, glasses, bombers. A great place to visit.

Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

While visiting Portland for the Summer Brew Festival, we drove the 40 some miles eastward along the Columbia to the Full Sail Brewery. It was well worth the drive. The food was good and we were able to view the wind surfing on the Columbia River from our table. We were able to venture outside onto the patio deck to catch some fresh air, even though it smelled good inside from the brewing taking place. We also took the tour of the brewery, which was very informative and well-coordinated. We sampled most of the beers and each one was great. If you're in Portland, make the drive to Hood River. You won't regret it.

Photo of bridgeporter
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Just happened to be passing through the Hood River area on I-84 and thought I'd stop in for a quick pint. Been in this brewpub quite a few other times over the years. It's an OK place and if you've never been it's worth a look.

The atmosphere really doesn't rate a 4, but the beautiful view from the pub out onto the Columbia River makes up for some of the more lackluster aspects of the place. On a nice day like today the outside seating is a better bet than in the rather drab interior. The service was fairly quick and the bar man topped up my pint of cask ale right to the top so I have no complaints. However past visits have seen somewhat spotty service.

The most important thing of course was the beer. Only tried the handpumped Amber Ale and it was is fine condition. Took a quick look at the keg choices and there seemed to be most of the standard Full Sail lineup on hand. No problems here as I've generally enjoyed most of their beers on draft and bottles.

I didn't stick around for lunch so don't know if the menu has been upgraded. Last time we ate here was decent but nothing to write home about. Pretty standard pub fare at that time.

If your in the neighborhood stop in and check this place out. It's off the path a bit but worth a look. If your into windsurfing this is supposed to be a world class area for the sport. Personally beer drinking is about my most strenuous sport at presnt.

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub in Hood River, OR
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