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Fullsteam Brewery

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

726 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, North Carolina, 27701
United States

(919) 682-2337 | map

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Added by atsprings on 07-06-2010

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by AngusOg:
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place is awesome! Pretty much your typical small brewery and tasting room, but what sets it a part from most of the places i have been to was how family friendly this place was. This was one of the big reasons i picked this beer destination on a recent trip visiting the in-laws, but i was still a little skeptical. I dragged my wife and two small kids, plus my mother and father in-laws, about an hour from their home. But the place was totally chill and relaxed, had a game room and large "beer garden" area to hang out. It has a stage for live music (although no one was playing while we were there) and judging by their website has tons of special events. The guy working the bar was friendly and knowledgable. We all had a great time. The beers are decent enough, the one that stood out to me most was the Hogwash Hickory Porter. Plus they had about 5 guests beers, all local NC, which of the ones i tried were very good. The only 2 complaints i had, (1) was no sampler, however they did have half pints for $2 which was a reasonable price to try the brews, and (2) no AC in the beer garden area. However, the bar is air-conditioned, and that's where we stayed most of the time, as we visited on a hot July Sunday afternoon. However, my 4 year old didn't seem to mind the heat in the game area, and it didn't bother me too much either as i got to enjoy some quality beer while still spending time with the family.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This brewery is located in a section of Durham that's gentrifying into a great location. There are lots of new apartments and restaurants within easy walking distance. The brewery itself serves a good selection of beers in the tasting room and there is a large adjacent room with picnic tables stocked with table games. They serve food in the evenings. The beers range for so-so to quite good and the staff is friendly and accommodating. Overall, it's a nice experience.

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Photo of RobDB
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of beerrat
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of seanchai
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Piccholo01
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Beautiful brewery in the seemingly hipster area of Durham. Great space with ample, sun-filled seating, a stage for live music and a long bar, separated by a wall. Sleek design overall.

The friendly, bearded hipster was happy to recommend beers. I was looking forward to Fullsteam’s barrel-aged beers, but they had an event called “Fellowship of the IPA” with 15 North Carolina IPA’s so that was it, all IPA's that day. Judging by the nine house beers on tap, you can tell that this brewery does not make average beers! Ginger pale ale, Persimmon saison, “Coffee is for Closers” nitro…

Definitely a great stop in the Triangle area.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brother_rebus
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wfumed2
4.84/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great atmosphere. One of my favorite breweries in North Carolina. Lots of long tables. Board games. Pinball. Table Tennis. Almost always a food truck or two outside. Always a good selection on draft. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Danielr26
4.51/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of walkinginplace
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of ha-sheem
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NateDyk47
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Fullsteam Brewery is a fun place with a pretty nice atmosphere. Service was exceptional and all of the beers were good (although none of the flight of 5 we tried were great). I definitely recommend going here if you're in town.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of dsshuck
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

The place has multiple rooms with games in some. Bar is enclosed in an air condition room. Bartender was friendly and very knowledgeable about beers. I had a flight of five beers and enjoyed all of them. I would have stayed longer but was on a schedule. Parking is a bit of a pain as there is no lot and street parking can fill up quickly.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in on a Friday afternoon after eating at The Pit next door. The tap room had probably been open for about 1/2 an hour when we arrived. I had the flight which was a little on thepricey side but they are good sized at 5oz and you get 5 selections. One nice touch is the paddle which is cut in the shape of North Carolina. Very friendly staff and you can purchase bombers to go. Multiple rooms, really allow you to spread out and not feel confined, although only the tap room itself was air conditioned. The game room, with a Lethal Weapon 3 pinball machine, had a huge industrial fan to keep it comfortable. Check it out.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NCbeerfan138
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Macsimus
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Boomer4ES
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of aleckpa
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Big open space in Durham. They have video games, board games, and a ping pong table. There several picnic style tables to sit at. Also, this is very kid friendly during the day, which I found different but it is part of Fullsteam's philosophy. They don't have TVs, but they have one giant projector screen.

There is a separate bar area than the regular seating area. The service wasn't the best, but there was a steady crowd. They have all of their beers and several guest NC beers. If you do a flight, you can only do a flight of the Fullsteam beers. This was a cool place to hang out at. Not the best beer in the world, but fun to go to on a Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of RabidWolf
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

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Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC
Brewery rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,008 ratings
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