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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
BA SCORE
88
very good

62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Active Beers: 49
Beer Ratings: 9,821
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
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:
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.

(Place added by: Jason)
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Photo of cstapp
2/5  rDev -48.7%

cstapp, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of SurlyDuff
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

SurlyDuff, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of Yetiman420
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

Yetiman420, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

MikeFromMarsPA, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of Toddv29424
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

Toddv29424, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of weefisheads
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%

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...

dB

weefisheads, Jul 05, 2004
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3.44/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

barleywinefiend, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Fluffheady
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

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).

Fluffheady, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

cbradio, Jan 29, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

RedDiamond, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of elcrawl
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%

this is a pretty popular place to get a bite to eat, it's always packed and often there is a pretty big line waiting. lots of families with small children. that said, it is pretty busy and loud, not a place to go with a hangover. the food is pretty decent, mostly burgers and typical pub fare. the beers are mediocre. service is pretty good, for as busy as the wait staff is they are pretty attentive. but for all the good places to eat and drink in hood river i'd have a hard time justifying going back.

elcrawl, Oct 07, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Made a trek to check out the Full Sail brewery in Hood River, only an hour or so from Portland. The tap room is nice with hardwood floors and brass fixtures and an awesome view of the Columbia River.

Beer selection was good they had the standard Full Sail brews as well as Wreck the Hall, Wassial and a Holiday blend Wassial. Staff new there stuff about the beers the were serving, just not very friendly in my opinion.

Food was excellent. They had burgers, seafood, some light italian and mexican, as well as fried foods and sandwiches.

They also had 22s and growlers to go at reasonable prices.

If you are a NW beer drinker worth the trip to see one of the original Oregon brewers places.

madtappers, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of KimenTshom
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

KimenTshom, Jan 08, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

After my first day of downhill skiing - literally, I have the bruises on my hips to prove it - my lady took me to the Full Sail Brewery's pub. Looking out over the Columbia in Hood River, OR, the pub has some awesome views. I noticed it first before everything else. The pub's atmosphere underwelmed initially: a pretty industrial, yet incredibly clean, bar with some medals and awards the brewery has won and some other merchandise along one wall. The selection proved to be remarkably mundane. The bar had their usual selections on tap along with one of their Henry's selections and one pub special or one-off brew (a Grand Cru). There was a cask ale engine, but they had no beer in it that afternoon.

The service was very helpful. I sat back patientily and allowed the bartender to explain the differences and uniqueness of various styles or ales they offered with the sampler. The food, which we only sampled in form of a bowl of soup and some cheesey bread, seemed to be of good quality on a simple, but not overly pretentious menu. I do give them credit for the complimentary normal and spicey renditions of party mix Full Sail offered. It was a welcome, albeit simple, surprise.

Overall, I found my short time at the pub a welcome and nice stay, and could see myself spending a number of evenings there if staying in town or if I lived in the area, but I don't plan on going out of my way to visit there often.

edmundfitzoil, Mar 25, 2006
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

RJLarse, May 17, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

Spikester, Feb 13, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mahanson, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dshansen1184, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

Gavage, Jul 12, 2006
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

After being super-impressed with Double Mountain, we walked about a block or two to Full Sail, which has a totally different vibe altogether, although they share the same wonderful view. Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the planet, how could they not offer a great view? But the smell...

More on that later, but first, the beer. Wanting to scale back a bit after two big 10.8% beers at Double Mountain, I decided to go for Full Sail's Berliner Weiss. It was a great choice too, pretty much true to style and just fine on its own without the German tradition of added raspberry syrup (which Full Sail doesn't offer, just sayin'...).

The place is pretty large and a bit less neighborhood-ish than Double Moutnain. Full Sail's beers are popular and a long-standing fixture in the region, and I won't deny them their place in craft beer history, but sometimes this sort of place seems less for the beer enthusiast and more of a touristy thing. Full Sail itself caters to both pretty well, and there was nothing to regret about our visit. Except maybe the smell.

We sat on the deck/patio overlooking the river, the mountain and train tracks. It was a gorgeous day and I think we were all glad to be there. But a curious smell was wafting in from somewhere. Could've been the smoke rising from the roof to our left (which is where they brew, I'm assuming) or the train that was passing by below us. It was the smell of burning metal and hot rubber. Kind of weird, and not ideal, but it didn't exactly ruin the experience. Would I go back? Yes, but only if Double Mountain no longer existed, as that's the better destination of the two, no doubt.

Metalmonk, May 20, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Thrasher, Jun 14, 2004
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

John_M, Sep 27, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Swung by with a bud yesterday for a tour, and a customer at work told me their burgers were hella good.. so already knowing they make my favorite go-to beers... I had to finally make the drive...

- Nice "in-brewery" pub... set way back so a view of the Gorge can be seen... I sat at the bar... which I must say was very basic, and functional. I loved seeing the drainage pipes from the taps in painted black pvc above the glasses...

- Quality is Full Sails best trait. The food? I loved how simple the burger was... but yet the beef stood out that much more. Top notch meat... and actually hard to come by even in the ground beer world. I started w/ a small glass of Spotless IPA with my meal... took the awesome tour w/ Randy.. and then came back for a pint of their pale (which is a favorite) which I actually don't think I have ever had on tap.

- Not very chipper attitudes... but better than most bars these days... I wonder if to be a bar tender you must be addicted to opiates... man... but hey.

- Food was great, and my bud loved their steak sandwhich... which he added cheddar to... for me the beef quality was seriously top-notch... the rest?.. typical pub food.. which isn't a bad thing. I find food in pubs to be better than a lot of big establishments.

Great beer prices as always, and seriously decent food prices... all around great drive, and worth the tour. I love Full Sail for their down home atmosphere and work ethic. It's nice to see a reminder of what I love so much about Oregon, Portland... and just good work and friends.

Docer, May 12, 2010
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3.86/5  rDev -1%

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.

Rifugium, Jan 04, 2012
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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub in Hood River, OR
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