Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & PubFull Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

506 Columbia St
Hood River, Oregon, 97031
United States

(541) 386-2247 | map

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 Docer
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of madtappers
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch while visiting Hood River. The atmosphere is not too unique - more of a sports bar vibe, but nothing that really detracted from the experience. I was there right after hop harvest, so they had a couple of their fresh hop ales on draft - I tried both, and while they were both good, neither really super-impressed me. But they have a pretty wide selection of their beers on draft - which I could've tried more. The food was pretty average - I had a chicken quesadilla. Service was on-point - the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the beers served - and let me try a few samples. It was nice that they have a pretty good bottle selection available to go.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.64/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of my good friends had been pumping up how money the Full Sail Brewery was and I just kept nodding my head not answering for weeks. I grew up here in Portland and have seen the brand since I started quaffing the nectar. Maybe I had it when I was too young to know or maybe it could of been a beer of pops but I didn't give them much respect.

After visiting the homey atmosphere of the brewery and tasting a number of their beers I have changed my tune. The ceilings seemed a little low but other than that it was comfortable and the wood all around was nice. It also had a beautiful view of the Columbia River.

The quality was very good. I sat at the bar and bent the ear of one of the tenders who happened to be a brewer so it was great to talk to someone who was in the know. He was very knowledgeable and could speak to the intricacies of the brews. I had four different varieties of some tapped beer and they were all excellent. I think they had over 12 beers on tap and the Nitro Wassail was money. The best part about it was they were $3 a pint. I will definitely go back hopefully when the sun is shining so I can sit on the deck.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A whirlwind '02 tour of touristy Oregon places was gratefully broken up with a stop at the Full Sail brewpub.
A sparse hall and " common room", brightly painted with about 20 tables, and a large picture window over looking the river below.
Freindly waitstaff / owners ( FS is employee owned) served us pints of fresh IPA from the bar and we went outside to sit on the ample deck, abover a sea of empty kegs. The young guy manning the grill made us some hefty Buffalo burgers and we were content to sit, sip and watch the sail boarders rip accross the windy river.
All in all a good stop. Beer was fresh and tasty and the atmosphere very relaxed but not warm and cozy. The staff was very well informed about thier beers and the process and took the time to chat and suggest other stops on our OR tour. Burgers were good too!
*BA reviews of more recent visits suggest your results may vary.

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Photo of Yetiman420
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of bigman147
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We decided to swing by and check Full Sail out on a recent trip through the Columbia River Gorge. We got there just before the start of a brewery tour so we figured that would be a good way to start things off. The tour was the standard tour (Show some tanks, show some ingredients, show some packaging equipment, done). The girl giving the tour is the daughter of an employee on a summer internship (I believe). She was pleasant and admitted that she didn't know too much but would try to find out the answer to any questions she couldn't. Pleasantly surprised, after the tour which took 20 minutes or so, we all received a wooden token for a free pint glass. Very cool and unexpected. Also, its a pretty big operation producing over 100,000 bbls/year. Which is amazing because I have never heard of them until 30 minutes for we hit Hood River.

After the tour, we decided to sit down and try an assortment of their beers since we had never had them. The server was knowledgeable and helpful. Several of our group decided on samplers and others just a pint or two. The server when asked about the samplers explained that it is 7 samples (5 regulars and 2 of the 5brewmaster selections). When asked if it was possible to get the other 3 brewmaster selections, she said sure. Value is very good. Pints were cheap, samplers with cheap and we weren't charged for the extra brewmaster selections in the sampler. Free pint glass with a quick 20 minutes tour. Very cool place.

The outside deck which looks out over the river (and the wind surfers) seems to be the place to sit in the nice summer sun. Good crowd and good vibe. We didn't have any food as we were planning dinner somewhere else and no one was particularly hungry. Menu seemed pretty extensive but I can't speak to it.

I would recommend to anyone a visit to the Full Sail Brewery and to sit on the deck and enjoy some nice weather and some wonderful beers.

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Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

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Photo of beercollector
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of weefisheads
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The tasting room at the Hood River brewery overlooks the highway and the magnificent Columbia River. Friendly and knowledgable service, generous tastings of thier regulars, seasonals, and specials. The notable on my visit was the fantastic 2004 imperial porter. A small menu of tasty items also caters to the health-conscious and vegans, with choices like the tempeh burger. We found the food to be quite good, especially the whole whequesidilla, served with excellent pico de gallo, black beans and sour cream . An assortment of Full Sail gifts are available...T shirts, frisbee golf discs, glasses, bombers. A great place to visit.

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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub in Hood River, OR
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