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Fullsteam Brewery


726 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 682-2337
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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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Roman Kennady Roman Kennady
Mar 31, 2022 5

Incredible beer with the best seasonal beer menu I've seen in Durham! Love this place and it's what Bull City needs in a brewery. Thank you Fullsteam for what you do! Keep it up!

Photo of Robin Foster Robin Foster
Mar 27, 2022 4

Nice environment. Good beer selection. Serves food including homemade sweet potato tots. Would like to see some other sauces for tots and chicken skewers. Not sure about the caesar salad, a little too mayonnaise tasting.

Photo of Eric Lindsay Eric Lindsay
Mar 12, 2022 5

Favorite place in Durham. So nice to have a brewery that also serves food (and it GREAT food). Super chill environment and regularly rotated brews. The staff are super friendly and patient. This is my “go-to” for food & beer. They host fun events as well! Well suited for a low key date night or a night out with a group to connect over some beers.

Photo of Nicole Aloia Nicole Aloia
Jan 9, 2022 5

This was the first time visiting Full steam and it was a great experience. The staff was friendly and helpful. The beer was amazing and so was their food. My friend and I were there for a paint party and after it was over we stayed to drink more beer. I strongly suggest paying them a visit. They even have bands on certain nights.

Photo of Chris Esquilin Chris Esquilin
Dec 31, 2021 5

Food was amazing! The tavern burger was perfectly cooked and the bacon was nice and smokey. Really enjoyed the pimento cheese with pickled veggies.

Photo of Mary Beth Hampe Mary Beth Hampe
Dec 7, 2021 5

Central location, prices are fair for beer in this area, and the vegan tavern burger was delicious. They have tons of indoor and outdoor seating. Even the indoor seating feels covid-friendly because the ceilings are so high, doors are open and there is a giant fan circulating air.

Photo of Joseph Heitman Joseph Heitman
Nov 27, 2021 5

Amazing space indoors and ample outdoor seating. Fantastic beers and super delicious lunch menu. Sweet Potato tots are to die for, extremely delicious, delectable, scrumptious. Barbecue sandwich was the best I have ever had anywhere. Dog friendly space and incredibly friendly staff. Look forward to returning!

Photo of Manisit Das Manisit Das
Nov 21, 2021 5

We had a great time at Fullsteam when we visited for a social event. I am a great fan of brews from Fullsteam but never visited the brewery in person— loved the ambience! Parking can be an issue generally around the area given it is a high traffic region of Durham.

Photo of Corinne “Cornucopia247” Corinne “Cornucopia247”
Nov 10, 2021 5

Has a great selection of beer (of course). I appreciated that they also had cider and wine. They have a limited menu with full dishes. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, and cake. I tried the fried chicken sandwich topped with slaw. It came with a side of tasty fries. Both were delicious!! Would have again. Parking was difficult to find but the space, drinks, and food are worth it. Get there 5-10 minutes early in case you need to circle the block a few times and walk. Oh! And don't forget about Music Bingo on Wednesdays at 7pm. We had a great time.

Photo of Aerial Capture Aerial Capture
Oct 23, 2021 3

Came here with a buddy today, halfway through our tasters we were told to leave the bar area, as nobody is allowed in the bar area. Two other groups were allowed to stay. Asked what we did wrong and we were told we were being hostile so we just paid and left. First bartender was great but another stepped in to enforce a COVID policy with no explanation other than asking us to leave the area. Somewhat rude and a bad experience overall. I should have grabbed the first bartenders name because he deserves a shout out. Two stars added for him and a responsive owner. Updated 10/23: Owner's response below. I appreciate you looking into it, and I agree your measures will probably solve the problem. While it sounds like you were told I returned to argue, I can assure you I only stopped back by on my way from the restroom to ask the young lady what it was we did to get kicked out. I understand you are saying it is a policy you have, and after visiting other nearby establishments (who did not handle the policy as indelicately) I now understand the why of the situation. Nothing was mentioned to us at the time and that should probably be addressed. All we could come up with is that something we said at some point caused a personal issue, and that was not a great feeling. Hearing that it was a policy that had never been clarified softens the situation a bit. Would have loved to try the food. Editing the original post.

Photo of WmF WmF
Oct 5, 2021 3

Great environment. The beer Fullsteam makes is just not that good. The owner seems more interested in marketing rather than a quality product.

Photo of Bryce Jamison Bryce Jamison
Oct 1, 2021 4

Their beer is delicious, but the brewery itself is just okay. They didn't have a lot of their good beers on tap the last time I was there like Humidity, Rocket Science, and Coffee is for Closers. Super friendly staff though!

Photo of Anna Pagnucci Anna Pagnucci
Jul 26, 2021 5

The food is actually quite amazing. And the beers are wonderful. We went for beer and decided to have food too and were really impressed. We did the pulled pork sandwich and the charcuterie board and another sandwich. All were outstanding. We had some great saison style beers.

Photo of Sophia Howells Sophia Howells
Jul 19, 2021 5

I’ve bought merchandise from them several times. Their customer service is unbelievably good. Fantastic people work at Fullsteam.

Photo of Holland Phillips Holland Phillips
Jul 19, 2021 5

Good brewpub! We appreciated a familiar-feeling place after moving to rural NC from PDX, Oregon. Day trip: hiking, followed by a relaxing hang at a brewpub. Great beers, good food with vegetarian/vegan options, dog-friendly (outside area), kid friendly, & amazing staff. Look forward to our next visit!

Photo of Brett Skipper Brett Skipper
Jun 30, 2021 4

Stopped in while visiting Durham from Delaware. It was a hot day but the giant fan kept things nice and cool. The bartender was incredibly friendly and competent. The food and beer were decent. The Brewery itself is in a neat old brick building. It's worth a visit.

Photo of LeDeija Curtis LeDeija Curtis
Jan 18, 2021 5

The best selection on tap and great finger foods. A little pricey for the snacks but they’re high quality and worth it.

Photo of Devon Diehl Devon Diehl
May 25, 2021 3

Beer choice was great, service was awesome, food was overpriced for what you get. The cauliflower was very disappointing and grill chicken sandwich was soggy and tasteless. Overall, I would NOT get dinner here again, but would for sure come for drinks and maybe some fries/snacks.

Photo of Eli Mae Eli Mae
May 1, 2021 3

3 stars because the drinks were really great. This was our first time here and we were excited to finally be out and about. We ordered from the printed menus at the bar (after looking over the online PDF) which, come to find out after receiving our food, both have some errors resulting in a less than satisfactory experience. When we asked about the mishap we didn’t feel that it was handled the best way. We’re likely to come back for drinks but will get food elsewhere next time.

Photo of Brian Krause Brian Krause
Mar 22, 2021 5

Very friendly staff and really good Easter themed beers. We ordered chicken on a stick and it was super tasty with multiple sauces. Definitely worth a stop if you want a relaxed atmosphere with a large selection of drinks.

Photo of G Rob G Rob
Feb 20, 2021 5

Very good beers and nice taproom. U get chance to drink beers which are not in distribution. Staff was great. Very focused on letting in number of patrons and provide spacing to insure COVID protocols. Highly recommend.

Photo of Erin McMullen Erin McMullen
Feb 18, 2021 5

Love stopping in to visit our neighbors for lunch and maybe a beer... beers at lunch are cool right!?! Super open atmosphere, outdoor seating, good brews and a good bite... Go see em!

Photo of Bridget M Bridget M
Sep 9, 2020 4

4 based on beer. 3 based on food. You’re clearly coming here for the beer…..we purchased lunch (with our beer and kombucha) which was average, big time! Our table had the BLT (vegan style), BLT (real pork) and the vegan burger. We all decided it was ‘meh’....3.0, average or less. The fries tasted like they were fried with chicken. They do serve the sandwiches on a local bakery bread. As for the beer - it was good, 4. We tried the Afar ( wheat beer w/ mango + berry something), Porter (lavender + earl gray), Uzzz (juicy IPA), Gradnitch (hazy IPA) and the Kombucha by HomeBucha. Atmosphere was cool - there is outside and inside. We sat inside and had to deal with some flies (it's that time of year). The service was ‘meh’.... The team seemed stressed, tired or uninterested. There was a family who had a drink accident (with a kid) a d the employee was annoyed to help out. We’ll probably visit again to taste other beers, but likely eat before we visit.

Photo of Erin M Erin M
Oct 20, 2020 5

I was visiting a friend in the area, and we ended up here after our original destination was closed. And I’m so glad we did!! We had a great time here. The employees were kind and friendly, and the place seemed to be following pandemic health guidelines well, which made us feel comfortable and safe. The beer was great, and they have an extensive selection. The food was delicious, too! Lastly, they have cake on their menu, and it’s amazing...it was perfect for our birthdays we were celebrating. I look forward to coming back next time I’m in town!

Photo of Scott Whitney Scott Whitney
Feb 23, 2021 5

In a list of Durham-area breweries to checkout, Fullsteam has to be top on your list. Pleases both the IPA-obsessed crowd and the more mellow lager lovers like me. I also giggle at their beer names. They’re deliciously odd.

Photo of Morgan Lamphere Morgan Lamphere
Feb 19, 2021 5

I was surprised to find this place has a lot of beer for a brewery. The people who work there actually serve the beer in a friendly way and aren't snobby at all - even though the beer is excellent. If you have friends coming from out of town, and they like to try new beers, this is a good place to go.

Photo of Don Miha Don Miha
Feb 13, 2021 4

Very good beer. Fun pairings with Girl Scout cookies!. A bit cold in there during this cold day but not unpleasant. Will be back 5o try the food choices.

Photo of Chris Steele Chris Steele
Oct 17, 2020 5

Fullsteam has a wide selection of very good beer, much of which is available in cans as well. Fullsteam is my go-to brewery in Durham. There is limited outdoor dining space but the indoor area is large with many long bench tables. Board games and non alcoholic beverages are also available.

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 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 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 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 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 Cisco Zap (Cisco) Cisco Zap (Cisco)
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 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 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 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 Nikhil Vyas Nikhil Vyas
Aug 1, 2020 5

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

Photo of Tana Chitwood Tana Chitwood
Jul 6, 2020 5

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Mish M. Mish M.
Apr 16, 2022 4

This place has a friendly laid back atmosphere. Pretty spacious indoor seating with several outdoor picnic tables, which is nice. I had the catfish with fries and slaw. It was pretty good. Hot and fresh. I tried the Humidity draft beer and it was tasty. Parking is limited on the streets surrounding this brewery so be prepared to walk when visiting this area of downtown Durham.

Photo of Michelle He Michelle He
May 25, 2022 5

Love the atmosphere here. Probably my favorite brewery to go to in the area. Very open space with lots of plants. The beer itself is probably in my top 2 in terms of Durham breweries. They rotate their draft selection relatively frequently, which is always fun.

Photo of Stephen Hood Stephen Hood
Jul 3, 2022 5

Beers are delicious and always interesting. Plenty of space and good vibe. Staff is super friendly. Food is fine, a little pricey. Nice rotating list of beers.

Photo of Andrew F Andrew F
Aug 5, 2022 5

Delicious beers with a big variety of styles with a nice (air conditioned) bar. Also plenty of outdoor and patio seating. Great spot for a brew!

Photo of Jessica Efird Jessica Efird
Aug 1, 2022 5

Still a great place to visit after many years. They've always had solid beers with creative additions (like basil) and now offer food as well.