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.
Well-lighted and yet cozy, nice long bar, plenty of seating. Food is good - burgers are on the small side, but they will stick to your ribs. Beer is what you're there for anyway, and their brews range from OK to excellent. Do ask for a taster - you'll love how they serve it! If you can, take a crowler home. Servers are alert and efficient, but friendly and welcoming. A must if you live in or near Durham, and recommended if you are visiting.
02-27-2013 - A busy, noisy clean place. The burgers are too small in size for the price plus cheese is a dollar extra. I had a beer sampler and the aromas were difficult to detect, but they were good tasting beers. This is a place worth stopping at.
My first time here and I enjoyed it. Pretty cool layout and view of the brewery. The bar setup is neat, I liked the wooden tap handles. Check out the underside of the bar, its pretty interesting. Full of rocks held back by a grate. Ok, so go ahead and choose whether or not you want to sit at the picnic tables or bar, if you sit at the bar sit somewhere that people wont constantly bump into your bar stool. I’ve heard that can be an issue. Really liked the concept here, lots of do it yourself in the air. Most of the beers were pretty tasty and I liked my burger. Its kind of confusing ordering though since you pretty much build the meal entirely from scratch.
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.
JCB (294) 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.
Okay. Went tonight. Pretty busy inside. Sat at the bar, ordered the sampler of all beers available, plus a burger and frites. Because of the way the long picnic tables were set up and where the bar is, people kept walking behind me and kicking my chair over and over again. Waiters, patrons, young, old. Very annoying. Food was okay--grass-fed burger was overly gamey, pretty good otherwise but not juicy at all. Beer is mediocre as well. Standard, mainly English style brews. Solid beers, but lack complex character like many in the area. Great service from Doug at the bar. Hope to see some good variety from these guys and look forward to trying more in the future. Overall, im happy to have a new brewpub around, but still left wanting a little more ,and for some crazy reason, and expecting better.
Travlr (3057) Charlotte , North Carolina | July 28, 2015| Updated November 27, 2016
Visited on National Hamburger Day. Only the US could have something like that. Looks like this place used to be an old fountain/pharmacy sort of thing. Medium sized countertop bar to the left. Open space. Brewhouse visible behind glass. Order food from the kitchen straight ahead. Or order food from the bar, which is what I did. Burgers are small but filling and very creative. My veggie burger was a polenta burger with tasty toppings and sauce, first time I’ve seen that. Lots of students drinking massive towers of beer. Everyone else had pints. They have pre-filled crowlers of a small selection of their beers, and growlers of almost everything. Friendly staff. Worth a stop.
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.
nearbeer (250) Knoxville, Tennessee | August 27, 2014| Updated September 13, 2014
Ate and drank here a couple of times while in town on business. Sat at the bar for a while and then in the little back alcove to watch the World Cup, and service was good in both areas. While it’s more of a hipster/family burger joint that collided with a small brewery, that’s completely fine with me. It’s really unpretentious, they locally source many products and the beef is grass-fed. I even sampled some locally produced dog-food made from the spent grain, and it was pretty tasty. However what irritated me is the "artisanal burgers" that are "cooked to order". Both times I couldn’t order a medium-rare burger. Both times, they insisted that it MUST BE either rare or medium, but not medium-rare. WTF? If I prefer half-bloody burgers to full bloody or burnt, what’s the big deal burger artiste? I can get a m-r burger at any number of places that charge less and they taste better than yours. But now I’ll simmer down from my burger rant and get to the most important thing, since this is ratebeer. The overall saving grace for this place rating is the beer. The 4 beers I had were pretty good overall and they seem to have a decent rotating variety, based on 2 visits 3 weeks apart. The service tried to do as best they could, and prices were reasonable. The duck fat fries were greasy, floppy and a bit tasteless compared to other places where I’ve indulged, but the two different burgers I had were decent, if unmemorable.