Fullsteam Brewery (Fullsteam R & D Tavern)

726 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, North Carolina United States 27701
brewery (Fullsteam)  4.4/5.0 25 reviews
Mon-Thurs 4pm-12am, Fri 2pm-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 12pm-12pm

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Mayor: kathouse (2) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 0
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
jtd6628  (8) North Carolina | June 30, 2011
Will let you sample anything and everything with no charge, some places charge. They serve great bold flavored beers along with milder ones. They also support orther local NC brewery beers called guess Taps. I have been made to feelt like a fool for asking other breweries why dont they do that.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Ieatplates  (11) , | January 21, 2015
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
kathouse  (119) LAS VEGAS, Nevada | July 29, 2017
This has got to be my favorite brewery to date. Excellent selection of great tasting beers. Flights are kinda pricey but pints are typically just $5.00. WiFi, great service, plenty of seating and the food was outstanding. Really love it and will be back again.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
frozen_glass  (5) Wisconsin | February 15, 2011
The ambiance is pretty much what you expect, borrowing its aura from the adjacent brewery and giving you a full view of it from behind a glass wall. Definitely a low-maintenance sort of place; could do with some more comfortable seating (wooden picnic table and bench combos, metal barstools, nothing has a back), but that’s how the breaks work. Several beers including Fullsteam regulars, experimental beers, and guest beers from other NC breweries. Friendly staff, helpful with recommendations. They had some snack food to compliment their beer selection (persimmon cookies to compliment the First Frost; moon pies to compliment their Working Man’s Lunch), but I did not sample any. I considered giving them points here because they allow you to bring in your own food. Good prices for great beer; $4 pints on most drinks. A great place to take some food, enjoy some beer and live entertainment, or otherwise hang out. Definitely check their website for their beer and entertainment offerings before they go.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (789) Denver, Colorado | September 1, 2011
This is one of the coolest tasting rooms I’ve visited in a long time. It’s huge and wide open with some vintage arcade entertainment near the entrance. Through two separate doors stands a dark, air-conditioned bar. I like that layout. The beer I’ve had from Fullsteam has personality and has been tasty, I like it. There is a jukebox in the large room with some bitchin’ tunes but it was apparently turned down while I was there. They have different people come in and sell food on different days. There was a for-real Indian lady cooking up some seriously good smelling food. I’d love to go back and hang out here again.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BeeLee  (35) Raleigh, North Carolina | May 24, 2017
Great selection of their beers you can only get at the brewery. Nice spot although a little off the beaten path from downtown.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork  (513) , New Jersey | October 13, 2015
Great brewery. Lots of great beer. Some less so. But worth checking out for sure.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff  (74) Fort Wayne, Indiana | March 24, 2016
02-27-2013 - A very, very friendly server named Trouble. Ten (10) Fullsteam beers and two guest beers available. For food there is only snacks available which I did not order. There is bar and picnic style seating. Live music, foosball, pinball and a gaming room. It was fairly busy at 5p.m. Try the Working Man’s Lunch beer if it is available.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Drake  (830) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 22, 2012
Located in an industrial area, this is one of the better done warehouse breweries I’ve seen. The brewery is clearly visible in the back. There is a bar area and an area with arcade games, other amusements and picnic tables. The bar area is where I sat which was appointed with some eclectic decor and a dry-erase strip across the bar, which was pretty cool. I liked the massive card catalog behind the bar which doubled as a display for the light snacks they have available. The place is dog friendly, which is cool. And apparently a running group gathers here, because there was not a soul outside as I entered at least 50 people in running gear outside as I exited. In fact, as I was pulling out of the parking lot they began running en masse which gave me great cover to get out onto the street. Thanks guys! The place inside was pretty packed by the time I left. I think given that I’m STILL typing about the ambience, it impressed me, and it deserves a 5. OK onto other stuff. I’m not sure if you’ll always be able to park across the street (looks like something went out of business) but there is plenty of parking now. There are no samplers available but there are 8 ounce pours and they did give me a taste of two beers. The beers overall were solid. They’re an experimental bunch, so expect that going in. The brewer was having some beers at the end of this shift and he seemed cool. There were two bartenders, one of whom was engaged, one of whom was a space cadet and both of whom were helpful in their respective ways. I had three 8 ounce pours and two samples for 7 bucks. That’s cheap in my book. Of the 4 breweries visited today, this was my favorite easily. Highly recommended.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
beeroverthere  (15) | January 26, 2012
This is your neighborhood brewery that you just can’t miss. And their beer is explicit!

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