3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | August 16, 2004| Updated September 30, 2013
Big industrial looking building that you have to walk through in a small hallway to find the taproom. Simple set up of small bar with some round tables to sit and drink and watch the river. A wall of merchandice as well. Decent folks, worth stopping to find something which isn’t bottles or widely available yet, but also for good deals on bottles.
Just by the factory and it has the aura of local pub/cafeteria for the workers. Not in a bad way, quite comfy just very local. Quite large with a large patio. Service was great and informative, selection was pretty large and beer was decent. Food looked good but we didn’t eat. A good stop.
May 2004: Full Sail was probably a neat little brewery at one time, but now it’s getting pretty big, and the feel at their outlet in Hood River is starting to show it. But the view was pretty good and Full Sail makes some decent beers, so I’d say it’s worth a stop.
Oakes (818) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 2, 2006
Friendly staff sold me bottles to go first thing in the morning before they were open yet. I ended up back there before the end of the day anyway. A few specials, brewed at their PDX location, are available in addition to their regular range. Overlooks both I-84 (bad) and the Columbia River (good) in a big, bright open space.
Full Sail is a beautiful brewery and taproom/restaurant. The atmosphere and décor are very nice...with multiple rooms and very nice lighting in the evening. They have what looks like a good menu but we chose to eat elsewhere each time we visited Hood River (lots of great choices in town). Regarding the beer...nice selection...and I’ve always like the packaging and labeling..."but" I’m not a big fan of the beers themselves. Full Sail is available back east so I have been able to sample their beers for some time now. None really seem bad...but few seem to standout either. Their beers seem to fit into a category of kind of middle-of the road...safe and non-distringuished..as if to appeal to as large an audience as possible...but I think they are mostly good crossover beers from the macros and not ones that craftbeer lovers will stay with for very long (just my opinion). Every indication to me suggests they can make more notable beers...so this must just be a business decision on their part.
My wife and I stopped in here on a day trip along the Columbia River Gorge. Hood River is a cool town and the brewery plays up the windsurfing theme that it’s popular for. The place looks like a big production brewery from outside but the pub is cozy, warm, and vibrant, with a tiered deck with tables that overlook the river. The tap list has the standards and a handful of seasonals; plenty of stuff I’d never tried or heard of. Bombers are only $4 there, which was awesome. We didn’t eat but the food looked solid. Waitress was good but busy because it was crowded. No one was on the deck because of the rain. Overall, an excellent place. Make the trip up the gorge and visit here if you’re in or near Portland.
Visited here for the 2nd time in August ’12 (first time was Pre-RB day in 2001). Enjoyed a wonderful dinner overlooking the gorge - great locally organic grown food for the most part. Had the Greek gyro - delicious. Had about 18 of their beers on tap with their standards as well as local selections brewed by their own staff for sale only there. All were above average. Service is energetic and friendly. Took the tour on my way back through several days later. Very personable and friendly. Worth a trip to Hood River if in the Portland area.
BrewDad (464) Olympia, Washington | June 20, 2006| Updated September 4, 2008
[Fathers Day Brewery Tour 2006]
Full Sail Brewery was a great place to visit for my first Fathers day. My wife asked what I want to do and since it was my day I wanted to check out Full Sail and a few others around that area. Full Sail is quite a drive up the Gorge but once there it was a beauty with a view to die for. The wind was kicking up so the surfers where in Full Sail on the water. LOL Had a great time the tour was awesome that was cleanest place I have ever seen. Loved the tasters and the beer by the pint had some great styles and experimental brews. We had a lovely lunch and enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. Must say the wait staff needs work but I guess the burned out surfer crowd would careless so the old burned out surfers serving surfers is ok. It is a must stop for any beer lover. Plus there are 2 other beer places in town also so it makes for a big day if you wanted to hit 3 within a ½ mile of each other.