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.
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 thatís 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 Manís 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.
This is one of the coolest tasting rooms Iíve visited in a long time. Itís 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 Iíve had from Fullsteam has personality and has been tasty, I like it. There is a jukebox in the large room with some bitchiní 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. Iíd love to go back and hang out here again.
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 Manís Lunch beer if it is available.
Located in an industrial area, this is one of the better done warehouse breweries Iíve 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 Iím STILL typing about the ambience, it impressed me, and it deserves a 5. OK onto other stuff. Iím not sure if youíll 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. Theyíre 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. Thatís cheap in my book. Of the 4 breweries visited today, this was my favorite easily. Highly recommended.
Currently, this place is a big warehouse divided into 3 sections. The brewery itself is in the back half behind a glass wall so you can see the tanks and all that beautiful stuff. Thereís a decent sized bar in a mostly walled off section along one side. The rest of the space is pretty wide open with a number of picnic tables and benches scattered around, a small stage for concerts, and some assorted games (ping pong, pinball, etc.) I spent my time in the bar area which featured 5 Fullsteam beers on tap ($4 a pint, $2 half pint) and a few wine selections. The servers all knew their stuff and were quite willing to answer and even ask questions about the beers. The beers were all fresh, unique, delicious, and sessionable. I was there early on a weeknight, and by the time I left, it had a nice little crowd, so Iím very hopeful this becomes a popular happy hour hangout and even brings some nightlife to this part of town. Good place and a great addition to the Durham beer scene. Once they offer food, it should only get better.
emacgee (62) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | July 13, 2011| Updated July 15, 2011
I have no problems saying that the Fullsteam layout is an interesting and unique one. There were these cool Frankenstein lab-esque meters on the wall when I fist walked in and a few ping pong tables in the front. The bar would do better with a circulation system since the bar is separated from the rest of the building. I was told that it was in order to keep the AC usage at a minimum, which definitely makes sense. It would benefit slightly from aerating the bar area a little. Its nice to have the noise barrier but the lack of circulation builds up the bar smell. Although I did not partake in the food truck offerings out front it was pretty cool that they were there. I enjoyed my first time here and will definitely be back.