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Fullsteam Brewery

4.6

726 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 682-2337
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Photo of John Bonitz John Bonitz
Nov 9, 2019 5

I love Fullsteam Brewery. I love their mission. I love their commitment to our local economy. I love their dedication to making great product from interesting local ingredients, grown by North Carolina farmers. They are also cool people, fun people, and loving people who recognize and support a diverse community. That's worth five stars.

Photo of Melissa Katrincic Melissa Katrincic
Nov 9, 2019 5

An anchor to the Durham community, Fullsteam is more than a fantastic brewery and amazing place for delicious beer. It’s about a team that strives to only produce the best beer possible, who believe in showcasing local agriculture (and farmers), and above all, embracing that being part of the Durham community means accepting all. Y’all means ALL at Fullsteam — and I’m proud to call them neighbors and friends. Go for the beer (and great food) for sure, but now you know it’s more than that. Enjoy and cheers.

Photo of Stephanie Ricketts Stephanie Ricketts
Nov 21, 2019 5

I had a large group coming into town for a conference, and we needed a place for our final dinner/celebration. Fullsteam was wonderful to work with! Leading up to the event they were super responsive, helped us figure out how to offer brewery tours to such a large group, and were lovely to work with. Day-of couldn't have been better- tasty food, friendly staff, excellent beer. Highly recommend!

Photo of Sandra Benton Sandra Benton
Nov 10, 2019 5

This is a very popular Durham brewery and brew pub. One of the 'early adopters' in the Durham scene - and a big reason the area around downtown Durham took off... Kudos to the owner and his team that worked and gave people a reason to visit that area - and want to come back again and again. The beer is good, the food is good and the atmosphere is awesome - they are not just a great business but a great steward of Durham and what it's come to be.

Photo of Will Will
Oct 29, 2019 5

Full steam is a fantastic spot to grab a beer and relax. The food is delicious, and it seems to be really fresh. Even the people there seemed nice, which was a breath of fresh air being from the north east coast. I really do recommend Full steam brewery

Photo of Jennifer Grant Jennifer Grant
Nov 9, 2019 5

I've been to Fullsteam several times while visiting the Durham area. I've also recommended it to probably a dozen different friends who have gone when they are visiting Duke, etc. I can't say enough about the positive vibe, wonderful service, and now food (with vegan/veg options) at Fullsteam. My friends have all had great experiences there, too. (Full disclosure: I don't even consider myself a beer person, but have LOVED every beer at Fullsteam that I've tried. I wish we could get the Southern Basil in Chicago! Maybe someday...)

Photo of Sarah Chittenden Sarah Chittenden
Nov 30, 2019 5

This is such a fun place to have a drink and hang out with friends. There are usually more dogs and babies then adult when the weather is nice but that doesnt seem to dampen the atmosphere. Great service and drink selection and though the food selection is slim you can bring your own or eat at one of the delicious food trucks.

Photo of Valerie Thompson Valerie Thompson
Jan 15, 2020 5

This is our favorite brewery in Durham! Their flagship beers are delicious! We are big fans of their Rocket Science IPA. They have a rotation of some really cool and unique beer styles and flavors that are introduced often. It keeps it fun and exciting. We just moved here a couple months ago, so I’m hoping some of these beers make other appearances throughout the year, and aren’t just a one-time thing. They just introduced the The Road to Nowhere IPA which is also delicious! The atmosphere is great here too! They have a few different seating areas with their own vibe and style. They also have a nice variety of games. From what I can tell so far, supporting local businesses is a priority. They have information posted in their bathrooms about their soap (I think it’s called Fillaree) and also inform people about their locally sourced ingredients in their beer! Overall just a cool place with awesome beer!

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
Mar 11, 2020 5

Great place. love the beers and I really like that they brew onsite. There's usually a food truck outside but if not you can get food across the street at Motor Co. Update: full kitchen coming soon! They also have added a larger selection of beers. Still lots of great space to sit and have a beer while watching the sunset.

Photo of Rachel Meltzer Rachel Meltzer
Feb 9, 2020 5

Great selection of beer. Tons of tables and seating. Fantastic place to meet friends, study, or work remotely during daylight hours. There are a few outlets around and a free, open wifi network. They have kombucha for people who don't drink alcohol! Plenty of nearby parking, some of which is wheelchair accessible but not right up close to the door.

Photo of Tana Chitwood Tana Chitwood
Jul 6, 2020 5

Great beers, great staff. House made pickles are truly spectacular.

Photo of Nikhil Vyas Nikhil Vyas
Aug 1, 2020 5

Good atmosphere and definitely holding it down during a scary time!!

Photo of Brenda Littleton Brenda Littleton
Aug 19, 2020 5

Always a great place to land for a brew and beer when in town! We compare to our Austin brewery scene and Fullsteam always rises to the top on beer, food and vibe!! 👍

Photo of Cliff Dexheimer Cliff Dexheimer
Aug 25, 2020 5

Great beer, great staff, great vibe. And the recent promo of “trade a plant for Maibock” was a huge success. So much so that the Maibock is gone! Please bring it back next year! We’ll be in to see how are hanging spider plant is doing. 😜

Photo of Kenneth Kreider Kenneth Kreider
Sep 7, 2020 5

Good food and great beers.They have an old double tub planter in there place we had the same one in our yard back in Delaware

Photo of Cisco Zap Cisco Zap
Sep 5, 2020 5

They are doing a great job at social distancing. The beer is top notch quality and flavor. It seems that the southern basil is ordered by many. Everytime I went to their bar to order it was getting picked up so much that they had to pour out of a can since it was the most popular one. The salad wasnt that great though and the fries a little cold but the pork delicious.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 4, 2020 5

Visited several microbreweries in Durham. The beer was good and the service friendly. I would not hesitate to go again and I am sure I will. We had to catch a train so our stay was somewhat short (easy walk to the train station). Will be back! I highly recommended this place.

Photo of Sarah Weiner Sarah Weiner
Sep 13, 2020 5

The process was very organized! We were seated immediately, the line moved quickly and the food came out promptly. The fried chicken sandwich and peach salad were delicious. Not easy to find a spot in covid, and full steam is at the top of my list!

Photo of Alison Hamlet Alison Hamlet
Sep 19, 2020 5

Great prices for some good beer. Fairly straightforward ordering; order inside at the bar for food or drink. Helpful staff.

Photo of Chad Williams Chad Williams
Oct 3, 2020 5

Pro tip: Ask your server "if you could only eat here one time what would you get"? She said Pulled Pork Sandwich. It had all the things you'd want. 💯

Photo of Talie Madans Talie Madans
Sep 26, 2020 5

Great time tonight! Clean and well organized for socially distant gathering. Enjoyed a Brightfall beer on tap! Nutty, light and crisp. Perfect for fall. Great service too!

Photo of Chelsea LaFalce Chelsea LaFalce
Aug 19, 2019 5

Great beer. Great food. Great atmosphere. Great location. We love bringing our pup here! They welcome dogs inside and out (except in the bar area near the kitchen). The menu is always changing and the food is wonderful. We recently had the peaches and burrata, sausage meatloaf, and salmon dish. All were very flavorful.

Photo of Brad Carey Brad Carey
Aug 16, 2019 5

Fantastic beer with a very solid atmosphere. I wish there was a little more AC available, but it's cool. The only food I've had was the pimento cheese and bread -- it was fantastic.

Photo of Mike Pennington Mike Pennington
May 3, 2019 5

Lunch (bratwurst) was really good. And the Mac n cheese was a great surprise. The beer was all very good, especially Warmest Color. Just a beautiful beer. Staff was great and the atmosphere was laid back.

Photo of John Godkin John Godkin
Feb 6, 2019 5

Awesome craft beer. I am quite partial to the Working Man’s Lunch and the Carver; but they’re all great. Very kid friendly during the kiddo hours. My kids love the pinball machines. Cheers to plow to pint! Oh, great food available too.

Photo of Marcy Bilgrav Marcy Bilgrav
Apr 5, 2019 5

We stopped here on the way to Hatteras. It was a great find! The food was good, beer was excellent, bartender was awesome. We highly recommend!

Photo of Jamie Garrett Jamie Garrett
Apr 16, 2019 5

I've had Fullsteam beer before, but this was my first time to this taproom. Great atmosphere, great location. But most importantly - Phenomenal Beer!!!

Photo of Corinne Goudreault Corinne Goudreault
Jun 30, 2019 5

Full steam is a fantastic brewery. They have a wide selection of beer types and offer flight size pours so you can get as many or as few as you want (flight pictured). The southern basil just launched again and is one of my favorite beers. They have good classics as well as unique flavors. They have a pretty wide ranging food menu as well. Lots of beer hall seating (though it’s pretty hot in the summer, they have a big fan to keep it from being unbearable.

Photo of Dr. Alisha Cornell Dr. Alisha Cornell
Jun 26, 2019 5

DO THIS THING!!! I love being able to go 10 minutes away and have a great beer and FANTASTIC food! Listen. The locals are ULTRA FRIENDLY at this place and here's the kicker...I don't drink beer but my husband always enjoys a cold craft beer from this brewery. The bar staff is very friendly and in fact my son's dope and down to earth high school teacher works there!!! It was great conversation, I definitely over ate..... go with the charcuterie board if you like variety but my personal favorite was the ribs and mac & cheese.

Photo of Andrew Andreae Andrew Andreae
Jun 19, 2019 5

New to Durham, been to Fullsteam 3 times and have loved it. My thoughts:What was great: •All 6 beers I have tried have been very good, no off flavors•Wide selection of beer types (not just IPAs or sours like some trendy breweries now). Something for everyone•Staff very nice•Atmosphere is urban modern, trendy and relaxed•Food smelled amazing (although have yet to try)What you might avoid:•They have tap water containers out, but the water tastes like metal and garden hose (think of when you drank out of a garden hose as a kid). Normal durham water does not taste like this. Not a deal breaker, just drink their beer instead. :) Overall, I offer my highest recommendation.