Fullsteam Brewery (Fullsteam R & D Tavern) | Durham, North Carolina
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Fullsteam Brewery (Fullsteam R & D Tavern)
Exceptional based on 17 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

726 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, North Carolina United States 27701 [ print map ]
888 756 9274

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Hours: W-Th: 4-10, Fri: 4-2am, Sat: 12-2am, Sun: 12-10pm


Mayor: Travlr (4) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 0


Fullsteam Brewery (Fullsteam R & D Tavern)

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Beer Available At Fullsteam Brewery (Fullsteam R & D Tavern) (arranged by most recent)
Fullsteam Hogwash 84, Fullsteam Fearrington (Winter) 81, Fullsteam Rocket Science IPA 63, Fullsteam Cackalacky Ginger Pale Ale 67, Fullsteam Working Manís Lunch 50, Fullsteam First Frost 84, Fullsteam The Common Good 49, Fullsteam Hula Hoop Rye IPA , Fullsteam One Hop Rye IPA 69, Fullsteam Fearrington (Fall) , Fullsteam IGOR 91, Fullsteam Bon Chon Basil , Fullsteam Beasleyís Honey White 65, Fullsteam Fearrington (Summer)
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17 reviews for Fullsteam Brewery (Fullsteam R & D Tavern)
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  79%
 Selection  74%
 Food  80%
 Value  85%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  83%
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100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
jtd6628  (8) North Carolina | June 30, 2011
Will let you sample anything and everything with no charge, some places charge. They serve great bold flavored beers along with milder ones. They also support orther local NC brewery beers called guess Taps. I have been made to feelt like a fool for asking other breweries why dont they do that.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
frozen_glass  (5) Wisconsin | February 15, 2011
The ambiance is pretty much what you expect, borrowing its aura from the adjacent brewery and giving you a full view of it from behind a glass wall. Definitely a low-maintenance sort of place; could do with some more comfortable seating (wooden picnic table and bench combos, metal barstools, nothing has a back), but thatís how the breaks work. Several beers including Fullsteam regulars, experimental beers, and guest beers from other NC breweries. Friendly staff, helpful with recommendations. They had some snack food to compliment their beer selection (persimmon cookies to compliment the First Frost; moon pies to compliment their Working Manís Lunch), but I did not sample any. I considered giving them points here because they allow you to bring in your own food. Good prices for great beer; $4 pints on most drinks. A great place to take some food, enjoy some beer and live entertainment, or otherwise hang out. Definitely check their website for their beer and entertainment offerings before they go.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (588) 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.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Drake  (476) Free Union, Virginia | 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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
beeroverthere  (15) | January 26, 2012
This is your neighborhood brewery that you just canít miss. And their beer is explicit!
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
DukeBrewDevil  (41) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | August 30, 2010
Currently, this place is a big warehouse divided into 3 sections. The brewery itself is in the back half behind a glass wall so you can see the tanks and all that beautiful stuff. Thereís a decent sized bar in a mostly walled off section along one side. The rest of the space is pretty wide open with a number of picnic tables and benches scattered around, a small stage for concerts, and some assorted games (ping pong, pinball, etc.) I spent my time in the bar area which featured 5 Fullsteam beers on tap ($4 a pint, $2 half pint) and a few wine selections. The servers all knew their stuff and were quite willing to answer and even ask questions about the beers. The beers were all fresh, unique, delicious, and sessionable. I was there early on a weeknight, and by the time I left, it had a nice little crowd, so Iím very hopeful this becomes a popular happy hour hangout and even brings some nightlife to this part of town. Good place and a great addition to the Durham beer scene. Once they offer food, it should only get better.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee  (62) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | July 13, 2011| Updated July 15, 2011
I have no problems saying that the Fullsteam layout is an interesting and unique one. There were these cool Frankenstein lab-esque meters on the wall when I fist walked in and a few ping pong tables in the front. The bar would do better with a circulation system since the bar is separated from the rest of the building. I was told that it was in order to keep the AC usage at a minimum, which definitely makes sense. It would benefit slightly from aerating the bar area a little. Its nice to have the noise barrier but the lack of circulation builds up the bar smell. Although I did not partake in the food truck offerings out front it was pretty cool that they were there. I enjoyed my first time here and will definitely be back.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor  (335) 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.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
beerme31  (14) Holly Springs, North Carolina | December 2, 2011
Old warehouse, live music, of course they primarily sell what they make. Iíve had 2 of their beers so far and they both been pretty good. Bartenders were knowledgeable.
76
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
GT2  (598) San Diego County , 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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