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NachlamSie (617) Denver, Colorado | September 1, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
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.
TURDFERGUSON (153) Durham, North Carolina | August 15, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited here with emacgee a few weeks ago. Cool spot with two food trucks (pizza and ice cream) parked right out front. Ping pong and people everywhere. Reminded me of camp for a second. Bar is inside a separate room. I was a little put off by the fact that the bar (where you rest your arms as you sit on the stool) was incredibly sticky and dirty and seemed like it hadnít been wiped all night. Markers were also provided if you cared to write on the bar which had some special surface for doing so. Kinda goofy, but I can dig it. The beer I have had many times. Had a Wanderlust, a special stout they had brewed with the addition of fresh cherries they got through some special artisinal event. I can see this place doing great things down the line. Look forward to visiting again.
emacgee (62) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | July 13, 2011| Updated July 15, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jtd6628 (8) North Carolina | June 30, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
frozen_glass (5) Wisconsin | February 15, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
JCB (233) Durham, North Carolina | December 25, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
phaleslu (428) Cincinnati, Ohio | December 13, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DukeBrewDevil (41) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | August 30, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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