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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & PubFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Based on:
49 Beers
10,737 Hads
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 44
Visits: 86
Avg: 3.89
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

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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Reviews: 44 | Visits: 86
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Amazing view of the Columbia River Gorge.

Pretty attentive and friendly service.

I really enjoyed my steak sandwich at very reasonable prices.

I see 17 beers on tap.

I would recommend going here. I had a great lunch, and then I hung around for the afternoon.

I recommend the tour. This brewery has a great history.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited this place on 3/23/2010.

This pub is basically a medium sized space carved from the corner of the Full Sail brewery in Hood River. Despite that, the atmosphere was pretty good.

The beers were plentiful and for the most part very good. I can't get Full Sail back in Illinois, so they were mostly all new to me. Had a sampler plus a few pints. The hoppy beers were decent but nothing over the top. The session lagers and the malty beers were generally better, with the RIS standing out as the best of the night.

Service was friendly and prices ranged from surprisingly low to medium.

The food was also quite good. I had the fish sandwich and it rocked.

All in all a don't miss spot if you are anywhere near Hood River.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Whenever I'm in the area, I look for an opportunity to visit the Hood River pub. I try to get a table at the window overlooking the Columbia river and the gorge walls on the Washington side. It's a nice but not spectacular view since the brewery and other commercial building are between the pub and the river.

The room is of moderate size and always looks clean and well kept. The bar is functional but not flashy.

The food is good and I typically will get the Full Sail Burger or the Tempeh Veggie Burger.

The host/hostess, bartenders and waitstaff have always been as friendly as can be. Big thumbs up for them.

I've reviewed their beers elsewhere but suffice it to say, I'm always pleased with the seasonal selections and the mainstays.

Great beer, good food, good view and a killer staff make this a fun stop. Wish I could get their beers in my homestate of Pennsylvania.

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Photo of Jester
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of bigman147
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of beercollector
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Every time I'm near Hood River this is a must stop place. Down the long hallway to the back where the deck and pciture windows give great views of wind surfers and if you are a rail fan the Union Pacific mainline. Drink beer, eat good food, watch kites, and trains. On a hot summer day the only better place is up in Parkdale at Elliot Glacier.

Have to admit that I travel by brewpub. If a town does not have one then there is no need to stop. Problem in Oregon is that they are not space far enough apart. You leave Edgefield leaving Portland and before you know it you are in Hood River with at least four place to taste.

They always have the newest and freshest beers on tap in the tasting room. And if you need take out they always have specials.
Try a new Full Sail with one of their appetisers and then have something for dinner. It is typical pub food but the staff here really enjoy their jobs. And everyone trys to treat you like an owner would because they are. A great employee owned brewery and a great place to meet friend.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of almostjay
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

People will underrate their beer because it's nationally distributed. People will underrate their space because it's decidedly not pretentious. But I'll be damned if I can think of a better way to spend a warm afternoon (after a morning hiking or kayaking) than by sitting on the deck at Full Sail, beer in hand, soaking the ridiculous view of the Columbia River. Such an awesome place.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

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Photo of Elimination
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Well, the view of the Columbia River alone is definitely worth the trip to Full Sail. We sat next to the window and had some pretty decent grub and a few pints of stuff they didn't bottle. It was worth the stop in just to check the place out. They do tours every hour but we wanted to check out Double Mountain so we took off. Service was decent, our waitress knew nothing about beer and didn't even talk about the beers we ordered but whatever.

The bartender was cool though, I asked for some Session Lager stickers and he gave me a handful.

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Photo of bditty187
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Touristy. Family friendly. A “safe” place to visit in Hood River. We stopped on a Saturday around 11:30 and the lunch rush was starting. A handful of families were having lunch and groups of people were enjoying beers looking at the awesome view.

Plenty of beers on-tap, great variety. My fresh hop pilsner was killer!

We didn’t eat. The food did look good, for what that’s worth…

The vibe, while, touristy, was nice… warm and laidback. Our bartender was quick and friendly.

I’d visit again and recommend it. Not a beer geek destination but if you are in the area you’d be foolish not to visit.

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Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch while visiting Hood River. The atmosphere is not too unique - more of a sports bar vibe, but nothing that really detracted from the experience. I was there right after hop harvest, so they had a couple of their fresh hop ales on draft - I tried both, and while they were both good, neither really super-impressed me. But they have a pretty wide selection of their beers on draft - which I could've tried more. The food was pretty average - I had a chicken quesadilla. Service was on-point - the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the beers served - and let me try a few samples. It was nice that they have a pretty good bottle selection available to go.

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Photo of highTempo
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Full Sail has the feeling of a big, corporate brewery/brewpub but during the summer the outdoor seating with views of the Columbia make up for it. The food is decent for a brewpub. I might be a little bit generous with a 4/5 on that one, but it's not bad. Their standard beers are decent and they occasionally have some interesting limited editions on hand. There's usually something on nitro.

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Photo of dtivp
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of bridgeporter
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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