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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 8,412
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
506 Columbia St
phone: (541) 386-2247
Tasting Room and Pub is open daily from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm for lunch and dinner.
Brewery tours are available daily, free of charge at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.
(Place added by: Jason)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 41 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Full Sail was our first stop in our Hood River trifecta. The place is smart and stylish, with great views of the Columbia River Gorge out the back.
When we sat down at the bar I asked the bartender for a sample of everything they had on tap, which is our standard way to start things out. He brought us seven samples, although their beer menu listed ten. I had to ask specifically a second time for samples of the stout, porter and Belgian. They also had a second IPA on tap that wasn't listed on the menu- the nice lady sitting to my left brought it to my attention and I had to ask specifically for a sample. This ranks as really bad service in my book, but since the bartender did look up the number of another nearby brewery in the phone book and call them to find out if they were still open for us, I won't give such a horrible score there.
I guess in the end I can say that Full Sail is a good place. Not a great place, but a good one. You probably won't have a horrible experience there. Everyone is helpful and knowlegeable. But trendy brewpubs are a dime a dozen, and this place didn't seem to have that spark that sets it above the competition. I can understand why some of their employees left and started Double Mountain a few blocks away. The next time I'm in Hood River, I'll be heading there.
07-12-2007 08:12:40 |
More by MikeFromMarsPA
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Made a point to stop here while making our way to Portland. Just off I-84 and easy to find. When you enter the building you walk down a long hallway to the rear of the building which has the bar area. A smallish bar is manned by no less than 3 bartenders as there is a large crowd as most tables were full of patrons sipping pints. There is a nice outside deck that provides some fresh air and nice view of the river. But of course no seats were available so we headed back inside.
The place is basically self service, as you need to walk to the bar to place a beer and/or food order. Food is very basic, and we settled on some nachos and salsa to accompany our beers.
There were 9 beers on tap - IPA, Sunset IPA, Pale Ale, Bock, Imperial Porter, Rip Curl, Nitro Stout, ESB, and Amber. The Session Beer came in bottles, and quite a number of patrons were drinking it. The beers we had were fresh and of good quality.
Plenty of beers to go are available from cases, sixpacks, to bombers.Plenty of other merchandise available, including tees and glasses. From the view I had, many patrons were buying at least some beers to go or tee shirts.
Probably not a place for locals to hang, as it is a bit touristy. Worth a stop if in the area.
07-12-2006 11:03:46 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
After my first day of downhill skiing - literally, I have the bruises on my hips to prove it - my lady took me to the Full Sail Brewery's pub. Looking out over the Columbia in Hood River, OR, the pub has some awesome views. I noticed it first before everything else. The pub's atmosphere underwelmed initially: a pretty industrial, yet incredibly clean, bar with some medals and awards the brewery has won and some other merchandise along one wall. The selection proved to be remarkably mundane. The bar had their usual selections on tap along with one of their Henry's selections and one pub special or one-off brew (a Grand Cru). There was a cask ale engine, but they had no beer in it that afternoon.
The service was very helpful. I sat back patientily and allowed the bartender to explain the differences and uniqueness of various styles or ales they offered with the sampler. The food, which we only sampled in form of a bowl of soup and some cheesey bread, seemed to be of good quality on a simple, but not overly pretentious menu. I do give them credit for the complimentary normal and spicey renditions of party mix Full Sail offered. It was a welcome, albeit simple, surprise.
Overall, I found my short time at the pub a welcome and nice stay, and could see myself spending a number of evenings there if staying in town or if I lived in the area, but I don't plan on going out of my way to visit there often.
03-25-2006 04:16:29 |
More by edmundfitzoil
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
I was a little disallusioned when I went to this location and they only had cheap food. I would think that the main brewery would have a better resaurant. They have all the variaties of Full Sail on tap. The staff however, dont seem to be that into beer... when you ask them about a certain beer flavor they recite the side of the bottle, and are unable to come up with any comparisons. The view of the river and Washington is spectacular and definitly adds to the atmosphere. I also wish that you could see more of the brewery, such as a place you can walk around. Its a nice place, but I think the brewery should be more beer-fly oriented.
01-09-2006 22:28:39 |
More by Toddv29424
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Every time I'm near Hood River this is a must stop place. Down the long hallway to the back where the deck and pciture windows give great views of wind surfers and if you are a rail fan the Union Pacific mainline. Drink beer, eat good food, watch kites, and trains. On a hot summer day the only better place is up in Parkdale at Elliot Glacier.
Have to admit that I travel by brewpub. If a town does not have one then there is no need to stop. Problem in Oregon is that they are not space far enough apart. You leave Edgefield leaving Portland and before you know it you are in Hood River with at least four place to taste.
They always have the newest and freshest beers on tap in the tasting room. And if you need take out they always have specials.
Try a new Full Sail with one of their appetisers and then have something for dinner. It is typical pub food but the staff here really enjoy their jobs. And everyone trys to treat you like an owner would because they are. A great employee owned brewery and a great place to meet friend.
03-27-2005 05:32:27 |
More by beercollector
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
UPDATED OCT. '07: The Full Sail Tasting Room occupies a bunkered cubicle quarried out of their enormous brewing complex. As you enter, the mechanical apparatus surrounds you on all sides with a cacophonous, industrial sibilance. Its like stepping into a Pink Floyd song. Only theres beer. Lots of beer.
Front hall windows allow viewing of steel tanks the size of lunar modules and of the bearded men in blue coveralls who run the hoses and tweak the dials. The tanks begin somewhere below ground and punch upwards through the roof. The far end of the hall opens to the tasting room where the north wall showcases a magnificent vista of the Columbia River, the hills of southern Washington, and two bustling railroads and freeways. As I drank my pilsner, a 100-car freight train passed below. Barges and windsurfers plied the waters of the mighty Columbia. A tanker truck backed in and the factory disgorged tons of spent gruel into its hull. Rising steam suggested it was still warm.
Full Sail closed its doors during the winter of 07 for an upgrade and renovation. The new digs have lifted the place a rung or two further upscale though the indelible earthiness of a Hood River brewery tasting room is very much intact. The décor has been refined, the menu updated, and the T-shirt racks reduced in scope. New seats and new paint are in evidence. I used to see more off-duty employees imbibing there but perhaps I simply overlooked them on my last visit.
The Tasting Room does not showcase all of Full Sails most glorious expressions, and its selection is only slightly more appreciable than any other bar in town that stocks FS beer. A few less-common seasonals may make appearances, but the crown jewels of the Full Sail family are kept in a vault elsewhere. Ive never seen Old Boardhead or Black Gold pouring in the tasting room, but I certainly wish I had. (I would crawl on my knees from Astoria if either of these were served on cask!) In general, while FSs beers lack the quirky individualism of small-batch breweries, their standard lineup will always serve admirably at any BBQ or ball game.
One of the great things about Full Sail is that the brewery workers own 58% of their own company. These are the 47 that keep the place humming. The pride of self-ownership is evident at the brewery and throughout the town, and the organization has shown strong support for numerous environmental and progressive causes. Full Sail also operates a smaller, more experimental brewpub on the waterfront in downtown Portland.
As for the food, you are advised to avoid the chicken cordon bleu.
11-10-2004 05:31:47 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
Somehow I expected more....
Having driven by Full Sail many a time on I-84, I don't know why I expected any less when I saw it up close, but upon pulling up to the brewery I was really underwhelmed by how unremarkable it was. Unlike some of the other larger OR breweries - MacTarnahan & Widmer, for example - the building itself doesn't look much like a traditional brewery at all, but looks more like a warehouse or some storage facility. So much for first impression...
Upon entering there was some evidence that I was, in fact, in a brewery as some of the vats were visible through windows on the walk towards the tasting room, which lifted my spirits once again. Alas, only to be dashed anew when I entered the bar/tasting room, which reminded me of a high school cafeteria - cement floor, void of any personality, and wholey unimpressive. Ugh.
Rallying myself once again, I reminded myself that to heck with it all - its all about the beer. After all, this was Full Sail, makers of some TREMENDOUS beers (Bourbon Imperial Porter, Old Boardhead, Slipknot), so I focused myself and sashayed to where all the action was - the Bar.
My spirits soared when I saw the Double Wreck The Halls on tap, but was soon brought back to reality when I noticed that it was accompanied by a host of other beers that are...well...easy to find. There was one other tempting offering (a Brewers Reserve Stout), but otherwise there were 3 other Full Sail beers and a couple of Henry Weinhards. Where were the Slipknots, Hopocitys, Comet Ales, Capsize Double Pilsners?? Not only were none of these beers not on tap, but a careful perusal of their retail section only unearthed a few '03 Old Boardheads, which are easily found in Portland. Nuts!
However, all my persistence was rewarded when I tried the one and only beer I was interested in trying - the Double Wreck The Halls. Wow, truly a masterful beer, one that will not be forgotten for a long, long time.
Unfortunately, the rest of it I can't forget fast enough...
07-05-2004 06:03:01 |
More by weefisheads
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
The Full Sail brewery offers tours on the hour from 1 to 4, and after your tour you can come to the pub to try the beers and get a bite. During my visit they had about six or so beers available, as well as a couple of Henry Weinhard's beers that are currently being brewed at the Full Sail brewery. (I believe the Hefeweizen and the Amber Light are made here; the others are made somewhere in California.) One handpump, which was pouring Pale Ale on my visit. Some of the smaller releases are actually made at the satellite brewery in Portland, and then brought out here to the taproom. The pub itself is not much, just a medium sized room with standing bar and tables, and a patio. The whole thing overlooks the Columbia River, though, which is a splendid view with glimpses of the Washington Cascades in the background. Service was friendly and chatty. I did not try the food. You can buy Full Sail gear (t-shirts, frisbees, maybe some windsurfing paraphernalia?) and of course, the beer in bottles. Sometimes they have deals on cases. I saw one guy step up to the bar for a growler fill-up. I wouldn't go too far out of my way to visit the pub, but a day visit to Hood River (to check out the windsurfing or the orchards, or to hike around the Columbia River Gorge) would be perfectly complete with a quick tour of the brewery and a pint at the pub.
06-13-2004 23:29:49 |
More by Thrasher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
The tasting room at the Hood River brewery overlooks the highway and the magnificent Columbia River. Friendly and knowledgable service, generous tastings of thier regulars, seasonals, and specials. The notable on my visit was the fantastic 2004 imperial porter. A small menu of tasty items also caters to the health-conscious and vegans, with choices like the tempeh burger. We found the food to be quite good, especially the whole whequesidilla, served with excellent pico de gallo, black beans and sour cream . An assortment of Full Sail gifts are available...T shirts, frisbee golf discs, glasses, bombers. A great place to visit.
02-17-2004 04:41:20 |
More by HiroProtagonist
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
While visiting Portland for the Summer Brew Festival, we drove the 40 some miles eastward along the Columbia to the Full Sail Brewery. It was well worth the drive. The food was good and we were able to view the wind surfing on the Columbia River from our table. We were able to venture outside onto the patio deck to catch some fresh air, even though it smelled good inside from the brewing taking place. We also took the tour of the brewery, which was very informative and well-coordinated. We sampled most of the beers and each one was great. If you're in Portland, make the drive to Hood River. You won't regret it.
01-01-2004 16:59:02 |
More by ChappyCubsFan
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