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!
Great atmosphere inside with the brewery to the right, behind glass, a picnic-style seating area in the center of the main space, and a nice bar to the left. In the back, behind the brewery, is an alcove well-suited to small parties. Very casual, well-lit, very clean. Lots of recycled materials, bamboo counter-tops, etc.
Service has always been excellent at the bar, and all the employees are warm and friendly.
The food is fantastic - focusing on build-your-own burgers and dogs. A great deal of the menu is sourced from local and state-wide farms. The burgers are delicious, pasture-raised beef. Great selection of toppings that compliment each-other. Great appetizers (especially the pickle chips... oh god, get those). The aioli, BCBB sauce, and the Ghost of Roger’s Alley hot sauce are all fantastic.
The beer selection is limited to what they brew in-house, but I have never been disappointed. Bartlett’s Ordinary Bitter and the Bryant Bridge Gateway Ale pair exceptionally well with the appetizer lineup and the burgers. The Boars Russian Imperial Stout and the lemon pound cake (make sure to get it with the spicy chocolate sauce) is a fantastic finisher for the meal.
Seven bucks for a grass-fed NC burger (figure around $10 if you get a bunch of toppings), great daily specials, interesting monthly specials, solid beer lineup. The full bar also offers a few single malts, Tito’s vodka, and other solid staples. There’s also a good wine selection and a great self-serve Enomatic system.
Seven taps and a beer engine for their small-batch experimental stuff (which is always interesting - I think they have a dry-hopped bitter coming up).
Overall, the local menu items and the grass-fed beef burgers are the strong point, with the microbrews not far behind. I have never left disappointed... or even remotely unimpressed, even. It has always been great.
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!
Went here for lunch yesterday and quite enjoyed it. The food was pretty high quality, and the bartender working was a really cool dude. I was a little disappointed that they only have five selections (at least, when I was there), and three of them were fairly average. The other two I did enjoy, especially their Harvest brew. Very chill and laid-back location.
Interesting place located in downtown Durham! they have basically a fast food counter where you can order burgers and they give you a take away number or you can get full service from the bar. The bar it is. They had six things on tap. One was pretty solid, the other eh. The food was fantastic especially for the money. Parking is probably an issue during the day but there seemed plenty on street at night. Solid place, nice place to have in a neighborhood.
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.
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.
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!
JCB (289) Durham, North Carolina | September 17, 2011
Been here probably a half dozen times now, in the company of family, friends, neighbors, and teammates, and it’s been almost universally loved. After a slightly rough start - the layout is such that the brewery almost couldn’t handle the initial crowds - the place has settled nicely into its own. Burgers are damn good, and while you do pay a bit more for your food politics, it’s less than some other places in the Triangle (like Draft) and is fuckin tasty. Beers have ranged from unspectacular to very good, but I love the sessionable focus of most of their offerings and they’re clearly headed in the right direction.