Fullsteam

726 Rigsbee St., Durham, NC, 27701, United States
(888) plow2pint
Latitude: 36.00304, Longitude: -78.89999

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  • Monday: 4:00 PM 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 4:00 PM 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 4:00 PM 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 4:00 PM 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 2:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 PM 12:00 AM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 3.00 | Atmosphere: 3.00 | Service: 4.00
66.7
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
Based on 1 reviews.
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4.6
out of 5
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d0ggnate (2)
Saturday 24th of November 2012 07:51:54 AM
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Had a short visit here last night. First off, very cool setup going on here. The brewery/tasting area is very bar-like. Bar-like hours, too. Open 4pm to 2am the night we were there. You walk into a large open area with ping pong table, arcade games. Beyond that there was tons of seating. To your left you'll find a bar area where you can order half-pints, pints and pitchers of their current offerings. We started with the seasonal Summer Basil farmhouse ale (very basil forward, would be great on a hot summer day) and the One Hop Rye (single hop rye-PA hopped with Apollo), which was solid.

We found a place to sit in the great room. Lots of details. Tons of different types of people. Young, old, families, groups of friends. Appeared to be a pretty popular local gathering spot. Even had a food cart (??) setting up out front as we arrived.

Moved on to their Sweet Potato Lager and Southern Lager. Southern Lager was dark in color, but still crisp on the palate. The SP Lager was delicious. A bit chewy, mealy but still very palatable and crisp in finish. Last we tried the Hogwash (hickory smoked porter) and El Toro cream ale (100% North Carolina grains). El Toro was great. Refreshing and smooth. Hogwash was an adventure. Heavily smoky, but still rich in flavor. Buyer beware, if you don't like smoked things, this won't be for you. However, that's not to say the beer wasn't good. A half pint shared was about all I personally needed.

Had a great time here. Would love to have this place in my backyard. I'll be back by again should I return to the area for another visit.
Selection: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 4.75 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A
93.3
Overall
Thursday 2nd of December 2010 09:02:49 PM
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Brew Basics: new, with a lot to work out, but a lot of potential as well.

Overall Rating: Double, but could be a solid triple at the next at bat.

This one really could be a triple someday – they’d only been open for three weeks when we visited, so we’re assuming they’ll figure out the kinks, and it will be smooth sailing soon. For now however, the bartenders needed to be engaged, and were not forthcoming about specials or a terribly knowledgeable staff, Having no food, Fullsteam is truly just a brewery and a bar; tucked away in a warehouse district that still had a solid, consistent crowd, especially for a Sunday afternoon. It’s a big, open spot that could use a coat of paint, and some warmth; and while they do have some pinball machines, ping pong and a small stage, the set up didn’t use the square footage to its best potential (the bar is squashed into a tiny hallway, and cut off from the main area).

Noteworthy positives: the guest taps are all locals and they don’t upcharge or promote their own beer over the others, so we had opportunity to sample several Carolina specials, and the taps themselves are hooked directly into a brick wall, adding a really cool touch.

Brew Breakdown:
Out of 8 taps, 6 were hooked up, but only had three of their own beers were available.

Sweet Potato Lager was the first, not a ton of taste upfront, but a sweet, smooth aftertaste.

El Toro Cream Ale – not a beer style we were terribly familiar with. Very light, smooth, but not thick and or creamy. Actually tasted a lot like a Coors.

Hogwash! Hickory Smoked Porter – hands down the best beer available. Considering the first two did not have a ton of taste, we were shocked first by the aromatic and unmistakably smoky smell, and then by the full frontal assault on your taste buds. This beer was like drinking a glass of beef jerky.

Bonus beers: As mentioned, we were able to try some other local beers from Lonerider Brewing, even though this Raleigh based brewery is closed on Sundays.

One was intentional – Gillian ordered a Sweet Josie Brown which both bartenders likened to a brown ale, but was reminiscent of a stout with a strong coffee taste.

The other we tried unintentionally; when Jim ordered the El Toro, the bartender poured him a Lonerider Peacemaker instead. To her credit, she admitted the error about 5 minutes in, and poured Jim a glass of his original order for free. This beer was definitely hoppy, as any good IPA should be.

Both Lonerider beers had such strong, complex flavors, they took some getting used to, but we ended up enjoying both, and will make it a point to visit the brewery itself next time we are in the Raleigh/Durham area.

Selection: 3 | Atmosphere: 3 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A
66.7
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