The tap room at the brewery has a fantastic view across the river into Washington, but otherwise pretty standard interior - with a long bar. The service was friendly, after a tour of the brewery we were taken thru all the beers available - also some limited edition brews - nice. All in all I had 8 new beers. The burger I had was good. I’ll swing by if I’m in Hood River again.
First of all I love that this is an employee owned company and that they take care of the people who make the beer. Really neat! Not to mention that they take great efforts to be as environmentally conscious as possible. The brewpub was great. Awesome scenery..Columbia river... beers were great, and found ’06 Boardhead on tap. I was super impressed with Full Sail.
I was somewhat disappointed with this one. Service was moderate, and food was really tasty, but it felt more like sports bar than a brewpub... Totally felt sold-out. The tap selection was the usually round of Full Sail brews with a few Brewmaster Reserve taps. It was too polished and glossy, felt like I was in a bar in an airport or ski lodge in Aspen. My advice would be to walk two blocks down and head over to the Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom. We walked by there afterwards and I had such a deep feeling of regret. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
I did not have a good experience here. Too bad, because physically, it is a nice facility. I went with my wife for dinner, and we elected to sit outside because the weather was nice, and the patio seemed more pleasant than the inside seating. Once seated, we were forgotten for about 10 minutes. The service remained inattentive and detached. Food was decent, but nothing special. I only had one beer, primarily because I sat for almost 15 minutes with an empty glass, and had competed my dinner by the time the waiter returned and asked if I wanted the check. He never even asked if I wanted another beer. By that time I was so peeved, that I just wanted to get out. It’s a brewery for God’s sake!!!! I loved Hood River, but I wouldn’t go back here, and there are other options within a two block walk that are much better. Besides, Full Sail is available on draft almost everywhere you go, and they didn’t have anything special here that I didn’t see on other tap lists in town. I was actually warned by a local not to go here. I should have listened.
On my way to the OR coast with the Fam. We stopped in for a few samples and a quick tour. Also had a Burger. Very clean and nice people. Plus A bonus of 2 Full Sail pint Glasses for going on the Tour.
Oakes (832) 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.
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.
The people here are great. Super nice and excited about the beer. You can tell they love working there. The food is not very good. Kind of bland, and poor selection. Beer is always good, however not exciting. Brewmasters Reserve is what I end up getting. Who hasn’t had their Amber yet?
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.