Fullsteam Brewery

Fullsteam BreweryFullsteam Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar

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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Reviews by d0ggnate:
Photo of d0ggnate
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Had a short visit here last night. First off, very cool setup going on here. The brewery/tasting area is very bar-like. Bar-like hours, too. Open 4pm to 2am the night we were there. You walk into a large open area with ping pong table, arcade games. Beyond that there was tons of seating. To your left you'll find a bar area where you can order half-pints, pints and pitchers of their current offerings. We started with the seasonal Summer Basil farmhouse ale (very basil forward, would be great on a hot summer day) and the One Hop Rye (single hop rye-PA hopped with Apollo), which was solid.

We found a place to sit in the great room. Lots of details. Tons of different types of people. Young, old, families, groups of friends. Appeared to be a pretty popular local gathering spot. Even had a food cart (??) setting up out front as we arrived.

Moved on to their Sweet Potato Lager and Southern Lager. Southern Lager was dark in color, but still crisp on the palate. The SP Lager was delicious. A bit chewy, mealy but still very palatable and crisp in finish. Last we tried the Hogwash (hickory smoked porter) and El Toro cream ale (100% North Carolina grains). El Toro was great. Refreshing and smooth. Hogwash was an adventure. Heavily smoky, but still rich in flavor. Buyer beware, if you don't like smoked things, this won't be for you. However, that's not to say the beer wasn't good. A half pint shared was about all I personally needed.

Had a great time here. Would love to have this place in my backyard. I'll be back by again should I return to the area for another visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of seanchai
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Piccholo01
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -1%
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 +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brother_rebus
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wfumed2
4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
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 +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of walkinginplace
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of ha-sheem
4/5  rDev -1%
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 +6.2%
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 -1.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NCbeerfan138
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Macsimus
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Boomer4ES
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of aleckpa
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
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 +18.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Beertroop
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Great Retro pace is an old building. The beers are solid and great tasting.

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Photo of jaymo18
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of peetoteeto
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC
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