Fullsteam Brewery (Fullsteam R & D Tavern)

726 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, North Carolina United States 27701
brewery (Fullsteam)  4.25/5.0 22 reviews
W-Th: 4-10, Fri: 4-2am, Sat: 12-2am, Sun: 12-10pm

Mayor: Cybercat (3) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 0
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat  (284) Georgia | June 5, 2016
Recommended if you live in or near the Raleigh-Durham area, or if youíre just passing through. Unpretentious interior is typical of a craft brewery, but the bar area makes it great. They serve only snacks, but you can get something to go from Motorco catty-corner from them. BTW, Motorco has some good grub. Their beers are fair to darned good, and all deserve at least a fair shake. You can get samplers, pints, cans, bombers or growlers; so take some home. Go full steam to Fullsteam!
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff  (71) Fort Wayne, Indiana | March 24, 2016
02-27-2013 - A very, very friendly server named Trouble. Ten (10) Fullsteam beers and two guest beers available. For food there is only snacks available which I did not order. There is bar and picnic style seating. Live music, foosball, pinball and a gaming room. It was fairly busy at 5p.m. Try the Working Manís Lunch beer if it is available.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork  (463) , New Jersey | October 13, 2015
Great brewery. Lots of great beer. Some less so. But worth checking out for sure.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
HourGlass13  (48) North Carolina | March 1, 2015
My first impression of this place was good, but the more I go here the more I dislike it. First of all there is no parking. Several of us parked at a nearby business and walked up. We might get towed.. but it was the only option. No air conditioning. This is ridiculous, I know AC is expensive.. but this is 2015 not the dark ages Get some freakin AC in this joint. The actual bar area is divided from the game room area, and it is tiny. The decor is very cool steampunkish. They only had a small handful of beers on tap, and they were out of a couple of them. No food on site, but there is a food truck outside at times. Most of the beer is so-so.. not the best. Service is OK most of the time. There are a lot of kids in here at times too.. not exactly bar like.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Ieatplates  (12) , | January 21, 2015
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones  (312) Buffalo, New York | March 12, 2014
located in an old warehouse, production facility. Very cool place to hang out, picnic tables in & out. Busy younger hang out. 18/22 taps. some guest taps. grerat vibe, decent beer, a definite stop if in the area
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | December 4, 2012
Very fun, hipster style dumpy warehouse scene in a not-so-safe-feeling part of Durham in an industrial lot surround by tow yards. Parking on the street, but there is a ton of no parking/towing-enforced spots so donít just park anywhere because the tow lot is 5 feet from the brewery (not sure if they enforce it though). Food trucks outside. Inside is a giant warehouse with arcade games, tables, ping-pong; then there is a quarantined-off bar that is air-conditioned/heated unlike the warehouse Iím guessing. Their own beers on tap plus maybe 1 guest tap. Bottles, including bombers of their own beers. Quality is decent- the beers that sounded insanely awesome (sweet potato lager!?) failed to deliver. Some moderate brewing flaws in almost all of the beers, but nothing as severe as some of the Bull City beers. You can order 8oz or full pint pours of their beers. Donít thing you can do tasting flights, but I did not ask. Just didnít see that on the chalk board. Vibe is very cool. Enjoyed our time here.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39  (250) Idaho | October 1, 2012
Had a great time on our visit. Went as they first opened, chatted at the bar over a few pints.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux  (146) Snohomish, Washington | July 29, 2012
Maybe this is just me, but I really disliked my experience here. The place was crawling with kids. Annoying kids who were always in the way and occupying all the games. It wasnít air conditioned, which sucks when itís hot and humid. They only had a small handful of beers on tap, and they were out of a couple of them. No food. No service. And theyíve got bench seating without an actual back.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Drake  (702) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 22, 2012
Located in an industrial area, this is one of the better done warehouse breweries Iíve seen. The brewery is clearly visible in the back. There is a bar area and an area with arcade games, other amusements and picnic tables. The bar area is where I sat which was appointed with some eclectic decor and a dry-erase strip across the bar, which was pretty cool. I liked the massive card catalog behind the bar which doubled as a display for the light snacks they have available. The place is dog friendly, which is cool. And apparently a running group gathers here, because there was not a soul outside as I entered at least 50 people in running gear outside as I exited. In fact, as I was pulling out of the parking lot they began running en masse which gave me great cover to get out onto the street. Thanks guys! The place inside was pretty packed by the time I left. I think given that Iím STILL typing about the ambience, it impressed me, and it deserves a 5. OK onto other stuff. Iím not sure if youíll always be able to park across the street (looks like something went out of business) but there is plenty of parking now. There are no samplers available but there are 8 ounce pours and they did give me a taste of two beers. The beers overall were solid. Theyíre an experimental bunch, so expect that going in. The brewer was having some beers at the end of this shift and he seemed cool. There were two bartenders, one of whom was engaged, one of whom was a space cadet and both of whom were helpful in their respective ways. I had three 8 ounce pours and two samples for 7 bucks. Thatís cheap in my book. Of the 4 breweries visited today, this was my favorite easily. Highly recommended.

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