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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 8,420
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
506 Columbia St
phone: (541) 386-2247
Tasting Room and Pub is open daily from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm for lunch and dinner.
Brewery tours are available daily, free of charge at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.
(Place added by: Jason)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've been coming to Full Sail for many years now, and still remember the first night I was here, watching a Trailblazer/Supersonic playoff game (which ought to tell you just how long ago that was). The decor, ambience and furniture in the tap room have improved considerably since then (the first time I was there they had old school desks and benches to sit on), but I still get the distinct impression that having a pub/taproom is a complete afterthought for FS.
From the street out front, you walk down a long hallway, passing by the impressive brewing kettles. At the end of the hallway is a smallish tap room, with a smallish bar just to your left as you enter it. Typically FS has between 8 and 10 beers on tap, with usually at least one or two that are available only at the brewery. There is also a cold box where you can pick up FS beers to go.
I find the beers made by FS these days to be pretty solid, and really appreciate their brewmaster reserve series (wreck the halls, Sun of spot, etc.).
Next to the taproom is a very nice outside patio, where most people sit if it's a half way decent day. While breezy out there, the view of the river and town is fabulous, with an opportunity to watch the hordes of people windsurfing, para-gliding, etc.
As for the service, what can I say, it invariably sucks. Waits for food are often long, and on more then one occasion I've had to go back inside to remind them of my order. However, when you eventually get your food, what I've had so far has usually been pretty good. My salmon ceasar last time was quite tasty, and the portion ample.
These days I certainly would not go out of my way to visit Full Sail, unless I had never been there before and was in love with their beer. However, if you happen to be out that way anyway, I'd certainly recommend a visit. You can make a day of it by visiting Walking Man (across the river in Stevenson), double moutain and Big Horse brewpub. It makes for a pretty good day.
09-27-2007 14:44:54 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Made a point to stop here while making our way to Portland. Just off I-84 and easy to find. When you enter the building you walk down a long hallway to the rear of the building which has the bar area. A smallish bar is manned by no less than 3 bartenders as there is a large crowd as most tables were full of patrons sipping pints. There is a nice outside deck that provides some fresh air and nice view of the river. But of course no seats were available so we headed back inside.
The place is basically self service, as you need to walk to the bar to place a beer and/or food order. Food is very basic, and we settled on some nachos and salsa to accompany our beers.
There were 9 beers on tap - IPA, Sunset IPA, Pale Ale, Bock, Imperial Porter, Rip Curl, Nitro Stout, ESB, and Amber. The Session Beer came in bottles, and quite a number of patrons were drinking it. The beers we had were fresh and of good quality.
Plenty of beers to go are available from cases, sixpacks, to bombers.Plenty of other merchandise available, including tees and glasses. From the view I had, many patrons were buying at least some beers to go or tee shirts.
Probably not a place for locals to hang, as it is a bit touristy. Worth a stop if in the area.
07-12-2006 11:03:46 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
A: We stopped in on a busy Saturday shortly after they opened and it was already very busy with a table wait of 3o minutes. Eeek! I could tell there were lots of visitors like myself and beer rookies abouyt the place. Busy, talkative but not loud but sordove cramped. The view was ok. Decor was pub/brewery style and it was a clean, well lit place.
Q: Well, I only had a half pint of 2012 Old Boardhead but it was quaility for what its worth. Quality and Full Sail, well, enough said here. Never really had a terrible beer from them.
S: Ah. Girls working the tables were busy, cramped and lacking on beer knowledge.
S: I give them credit here. they did have a good selection, of pub only drafts, vintage drafts, standards and seasonsals. They also plenty of bottles to go, many vintage Old Boardheads.
F: Was pretty good, priced well. No issues.
07-15-2013 15:28:20 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
saw the sign from I-84 after heading into hood river after a morning of exploring the columbia river gorge
atmosphere: brewery located overlooking the columbia river - i remember thinking it was the perfect place to set up shop. the atmosphere inside was pretty plain but did offer nice views. the outdoor porch offered even better views and was pretty pleasant on this day
quality: all beers were fresh and tasty
service: our bartender seemed to know the beer pretty well and he covered his area well. the guy was always there when needed so no complaints
selection: it was all new to me so i was pretty exctited. all the beers were fairly standard but i think the rarer beers were the son of spot ipa, wassail, ltd 02 and a belgian. I had the wassail and nugget, both of which i enjoyed. Overall i would say there were 10-12 taps and a variety of the same beer available in bottles
food: i ordered a salad which i never do at restaurants because i like to think i can make a better salad than any restaurant. it was an organic field green with salmon and it really hit the spot...ingredients were fresh and everyone enjoyed their meals
value: 3$ pints every day? yeah, thats value to me
09-19-2007 03:40:18 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife and I did a three-day, 16 brewpub/brewery tour of northwest Oregon. Full Sail and Lucky Lab tied for the worst beer of the trip. Both had a redeming quality. Full sail has a nice view of the Columbia River if the wind is out and the kite boards are happening (Lucky Lab has a dog theme). We ordered a sampler. The beers were so bad we left with probably 60% of our beer remaining. I picked up a bomber of their IPA reserve which I regret as I was limited with the amount of beer I could check in my luggage.
If you're being selective of where you get your alcohol, head around the corner to Double Mountain where Full Sail's former brewer has taken up shop. If you must support the touristy Full Sail, ask them exactly what it means to be employee owned. I think it's part of their new marketing culture along with an awful Red Stripe-type lager offering called Session.
10-29-2007 21:26:02 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here briefly during our Hood River day trip, desiring to give more time to the smaller names of microbrewing in the area. Still very glad we took the time to visit Full Sail, as their Black Gold was among the best brews I sampled in our short week in Portland/Hood River/Corvalis.
Atmosphere is pretty contemporary / casual dining / family friendly, with an obvious nautical hybridish type theme. A small bar seats hmm maybe 10 people. Tables and chairs and an outside dining area, but there was still a line of patrons waiting outside to be seated, and this was mid-afternoon. Service at the bar was just fine. There were about 10 beer selections on tap, as well as house beers available in bottles, available also for take-out in the merch area. Prices seemed decent. Didn't get a chance to sample or even look at the food, as we had lunch earlier at Double Mountain.
Full Sail is definitely worth a visit (especially if Black Gold is on), although I prefer the more laid back atmosphere of the nearby Double Mountain and to a greater extent, Big Horse.
01-04-2012 09:42:58 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First of all one of the better tours I've been on was here, as you got both the history of the brewery and also a somewhat more detailed account of what goes into beer (generally on tours I get one or the other). I visited the brewpub the night before the tour and judging by the staff initially it seemed to be highbrow... a perception that was misguided. Struck up some healthy conversations with the locals and tried a great barrel aged beer amongst others in a solid line up. I liked the selection which seemed to have a few rarities, but considering their beer isn't sold in Wisconsin I'm unsure. I really appreciate the grass roots basis on which the brewery stands and hope to one day regularly buy their beers. For now though, I will have the memory of a pleasant visit to one of Oregons most finest breweries.
11-13-2011 07:54:06 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Touristy. Family friendly. A “safe” place to visit in Hood River. We stopped on a Saturday around 11:30 and the lunch rush was starting. A handful of families were having lunch and groups of people were enjoying beers looking at the awesome view.
Plenty of beers on-tap, great variety. My fresh hop pilsner was killer!
We didn’t eat. The food did look good, for what that’s worth…
The vibe, while, touristy, was nice… warm and laidback. Our bartender was quick and friendly.
I’d visit again and recommend it. Not a beer geek destination but if you are in the area you’d be foolish not to visit.
10-19-2013 12:32:27 |
More by bditty187
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Well, the view of the Columbia River alone is definitely worth the trip to Full Sail. We sat next to the window and had some pretty decent grub and a few pints of stuff they didn't bottle. It was worth the stop in just to check the place out. They do tours every hour but we wanted to check out Double Mountain so we took off. Service was decent, our waitress knew nothing about beer and didn't even talk about the beers we ordered but whatever.
The bartender was cool though, I asked for some Session Lager stickers and he gave me a handful.
02-21-2009 22:38:39 |
More by indiapaleale
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