Fullsteam Brewery (Fullsteam R & D Tavern) | Durham, North Carolina
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Fullsteam Brewery (Fullsteam R & D Tavern)
Good 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 (2) | 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 Rocket Science IPA 64, Fullsteam First Frost 84, Fullsteam Tree-to-Sea Gose 79, Fullsteam Hogwash 84, Fullsteam Fearrington (Winter) 81, Fullsteam Cackalacky Ginger Pale Ale 70, Fullsteam Working Manís Lunch 49, Fullsteam The Common Good 49, Fullsteam Hula Hoop Rye IPA , Fullsteam One Hop Rye IPA 69, Fullsteam Fearrington (Fall) , Fullsteam IGOR 91
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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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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON  (153) Durham, North Carolina | August 15, 2011
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.
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.
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.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
JCB  (230) 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.
72
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu  (421) 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.
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.

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