Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & PubFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
BEER AVG
3.64/5
Based on:
47 Beers
5,359 Reviews
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 43
Visits: 84
rAvg: 3.86
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 Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,974 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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. (879 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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. (851 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (1,194 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.44/5  rDev +15%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (2,617 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of almostjay
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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. (1,657 characters)

Photo of Fluffheady
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 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). (509 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (630 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2

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. (787 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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. (810 characters)

Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,352 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of beercollector
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

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. (1,314 characters)

Photo of weefisheads
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub in Hood River, OR
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