Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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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
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
3.13/5 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
District of Columbia
3.23/5 rDev -17%
I was a little disallusioned when I went to this location and they only had cheap food. I would think that the main brewery would have a better resaurant. They have all the variaties of Full Sail on tap. The staff however, dont seem to be that into beer... when you ask them about a certain beer flavor they recite the side of the bottle, and are unable to come up with any comparisons. The view of the river and Washington is spectacular and definitly adds to the atmosphere. I also wish that you could see more of the brewery, such as a place you can walk around. Its a nice place, but I think the brewery should be more beer-fly oriented.
01-09-2006 22:28:39 | More by Toddv29424
3.28/5 rDev -15.7%
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...
07-05-2004 06:03:01 | More by weefisheads
3.44/5 rDev -11.6%
A: We stopped in on a busy Saturday shortly after they opened and it was already very busy with a table wait of 3o minutes. Eeek! I could tell there were lots of visitors like myself and beer rookies abouyt the place. Busy, talkative but not loud but sordove cramped. The view was ok. Decor was pub/brewery style and it was a clean, well lit place.
Q: Well, I only had a half pint of 2012 Old Boardhead but it was quaility for what its worth. Quality and Full Sail, well, enough said here. Never really had a terrible beer from them.
S: Ah. Girls working the tables were busy, cramped and lacking on beer knowledge.
S: I give them credit here. they did have a good selection, of pub only drafts, vintage drafts, standards and seasonsals. They also plenty of bottles to go, many vintage Old Boardheads.
F: Was pretty good, priced well. No issues.
07-15-2013 15:28:20 | More by barleywinefiend
3.45/5 rDev -11.3%
The Full Sail brewpub feels more like a commercial restaurant in a tourist town than a brewery. It’s a really nice space, but it’s more for families than people traveling around scouting out beer haunts. After sitting at the bar for a while, I had a strong urge to go antiquing.
The beer is absolutely solid. The place is solid. There is nothing wrong with it. There is just nothing special about it. (And there's other better places that are more meant for beer dorks , like Double Mountain and Pfriem).
08-05-2013 04:18:41 | More by Fluffheady
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
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. Its like stepping into a Pink Floyd song. Only theres 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 Sails 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. Ive 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 FSs 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.
11-10-2004 05:31:47 | More by RedDiamond
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub in Hood River, OR
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.