Had a great time here last night, closing the place down. Barley wine was solid, as was the porter. Pale ale, IPA and amber were ok, but the you go there for the food and interesting atmosphere. Burger was very good.
A great brewpub and eatery in Durham. There is a somewhat small bar and a number of long tables. If you sit at the tables, you need to go up to the kitchen and wait in line to place your order (but if you sit at the bar, you are served by the bartender). A fairly extensive tap list with some interesting seasonals (bitter and stout with coffee and chili powder - just to name a few). The beers were good, not great, but certainly palatable and interesting too. The food is quite awesome- great burgers (from grass-fed cows), all-natural ingredients, you really can’t go wrong! I was quite impressed by this place, I wish I could be a regular here!
This new brewpub has been open for a month or so now. It’s located in the heart of downtown Durham, and in typical Durham fashion, it specializes in local everything. Local, fresh ground burger meat, hand packed hot dogs, homemade ketchups, and on and on. The menu is small and pretty pricey for what you get, but good, particularly the dogs. [After many trips back, I’d say the burgers have improved and are now possibly the best I’ve ever had.] The space is one large, open room with the bar on one wall, another wall with a view of the brewery, open kitchen along the back, and even a nice little kids play area. They have a few tables making up an outdoor patio tucked away behind the restaurant. I’ve been here pretty regularly now, and have had a ton of their beers. They tend to be sessionable styles, all very well made. They rotate beers so quickly, especially the stronger ones, that you can go every month and always find something you’ve never seen before. Most beers are $4.50/pint and come in British style pint glasses, which makes sense for their current lineup. They do to-go growler sales. I would like a few bolder beer styles, but other than that minor complaint, this place is fantastic. Welcome to the Durham beer scene, Bull City!
Lively neighborhood feeling place with patrons from bar regulars to families with young kids. Great burgers. They may not come out bleeding, but they were oozing with juices for me and the quality of the meat really did shine through, as well as the super fresh other ingredients. Beer snuck up on me, in a good way. The hopping rates seem to be considerably lower than what is currently standard for American beer, which sort of tricked me at first into being underwhelmed. By the end of the couple pints though, I realized the beers were in fact complex, balanced, and very well made, showcasing the fermentation and the malt. That may not speak well of me, but I came around in the end. Great place.
The idea of a brewery which specializes in burgers is wonderful. However, thanks to NC state law, all ground beef has to be burned so I don’t see the point in doing a dedicated burger joint with some of the finest meat just to see it become dried out and tough. Anyway, I was already informed about the burger thing beforehand and I knew better. The duck frites are quite tasty. The beer is solid, though very "safe" and "English". I like the ambiance of the place and the service was very good.
Interesting place. Was in the area to visit family and we all went there on a Monday night. For an out of towner it wasn’t the easist place to find, but well worth the effort. Very nice bar to the left and picnic tables to the right. You can order food at the bar, or they have a walk up window to order and it will be brought to you. The people were very friendy, beer was good and the service fine. And that was easily the best burger I had in a long long time!
Very awesome addition to the Triangle craft beer scene- a very casual artisanal burger place cum brewpub in a well-lit, nice part of downtown Durham. Picnic benches for seating so sit with randos. Burgers were excellent, smaller, good size though, with awesome toppings like roasted Poblano peppers. You can get tons of free sides so go wild. Their chimichuri was nuts! Pickle chips were also very good. The duck frites were so thin though it was hard to use them for dipping, and they cooled down to room temperature so fast from exposed surface area :( Tasty still. I order the burger rare, and it was more ’medium’ I’d say. And with such high quality ground beef (local, grassfed) you can definitely go straight up rare as hell so I was a bit sad about that. Beers were pretty good, nothing really that I ’liked’ and a couple on tap were big misses. But it is a fun, passionate, experimenting brewery and you can get samples of everything for super cheap so hard to complain. Growler fills were similarly very cheap, they unfortunately will only fill their own growlers :/ but the glass deposit is like $5 and fills were something like $7-10. Very cheap. Will be back. Had a blast. Oh, the food came out wickedly fast!
Located about half a mile from Fullsteam but its more downtownish so parking is a little tricker, but I did see a garage after I found a spot on the street. As for ambience picture a Five Guys (or casual burger join) with disco-ball lit brew kettles, a bar and beers that are actually pretty damn good. Short on cash so I had the $3 duck frites which accomplished what I expected them too. Samples are available for a buck each (4 ounces). Food is pretty cheap, prices are good and the beers, ranging from a golden ale to an imperial stout and two barleywines, were all solid to very good. Bartenders were helpful despite it being busy. "Table service" is available at the bar but you go to a window to order, and walk up to the bar with your beers, if you sit anywhere else. Despite this, the bartenders managed to do well despite having a full work-load. Seems like a very good addition to the Triangle beer scene. Oh yeah, gonna rerate this and boost the score just cause of the pastured beef. Because that is important to me. Go Bull City.