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 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (796) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | September 27, 2011
I do have a thing for breweryís located in old warehouses. The taproom had 4 things on and 5 guest taps. I thought the beers ranged from solid to pretty good. They have a real passion for their beer which I appreciate. The vibe was laid-back. Some might called it hipsterish but why put labels on things. Seemed like a comfortable place to hang out with friends whilst drinking a couple of tasty craft beers. This is what the world needs more of.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (707) Denver, Colorado | September 1, 2011
This is one of the coolest tasting rooms Iíve visited in a long time. Itís huge and wide open with some vintage arcade entertainment near the entrance. Through two separate doors stands a dark, air-conditioned bar. I like that layout. The beer Iíve had from Fullsteam has personality and has been tasty, I like it. There is a jukebox in the large room with some bitchiní tunes but it was apparently turned down while I was there. They have different people come in and sell food on different days. There was a for-real Indian lady cooking up some seriously good smelling food. Iíd love to go back and hang out here again.
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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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  • 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 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu  (535) Cincinnati, Ohio | December 13, 2010
Wow, how does a local brewery only have one rating so far? Maybe itís newer than I realized. Anyway, stopped here with the man JCB after lunch and beers at Tylerís. From the outside, Fullsteam is an unassuming aluminum warehouse-style building with a cool custom door. Inside, itís divided into a front room with a few tables, middle room with more tables and a stage, back room with the production brewery, and side room with the bar. Brick walls, high ceilings, and modern touches. Very cool. It was uncrowded when we arrived and very crowded when we left. 5 Fullsteam beers on tap and a few guest taps. The in-house beers are a deal, with only $2 half-pints and I think $4 pints; guests were $5.50. We didnít eat anything, so I donít know the food situation. Service was a little slow and it looked like the bartenders were looking out for their friends before even acknowledging us visitors (a little "be right with you" goes a long way). We sat at picnic-style tables and drank our brews while a terrible blues band played and we did our best to tune them out. Nonetheless, this place is cool, lively, and all-around well done; the beer seems like a work in progress but theyíre doing everything else right as far as I can tell.
88
  • 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 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor  (349) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | December 2, 2011
A popular brewpub in the warehouse district of Durham. There is a long bar, which we were lucky to grab seats at, and plenty of small tables. On a Saturday night, the place was hopping, although being a warehouse, the space looked more open than your typical crowded bar. Plenty of music, I donít think there were any TVs though. Oh yeah, and you can write on the bar. They had a number of offerings, from a barrel-aged imperial stout, to a Belgian strong ale, to a potato lager (maybe 6-8 total house beers on tap). A couple guest taps (local stuff). No food, but there are trucks outside you can buy stuff from. I had a fun time here and was pleasantly surprised by some of their beer offerings. I would come here again.
74
  • 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
76
  • 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!
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
JCB  (272) Durham, North Carolina | December 25, 2010
Been to the tavern a buncha times now, and after a slow roll-out and faintly shaky beginning theyíve got it going on quite well. Love the space and love the neighborhood, itís a relaxed and welcoming vibe from the git. Hipster quotient is high on occasion but itís a pretty broad cross-section of Durham imbibers for the most. Itís particularly pleasant on a warm evening, when the bay doors in front can remain wide and people can spill in and out. No food right now, but thereís usually a truck out front. As for beers, theyíve got the full FS lineup on continually plus a good, thoughtful selection of guest local taps. Service could stand some improvement - that line gets inexplicably deep, even with two folks behind the bar - but itís gotten better. Good prices, good vibe, and beer thatís pointed up in terms of its quality.

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