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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 8,467
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
506 Columbia St
phone: (541) 386-2247
Tasting Room and Pub is open daily from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm for lunch and dinner.
Brewery tours are available daily, free of charge at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.
(Place added by: Jason)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Whenever I'm in the area, I look for an opportunity to visit the Hood River pub. I try to get a table at the window overlooking the Columbia river and the gorge walls on the Washington side. It's a nice but not spectacular view since the brewery and other commercial building are between the pub and the river.
The room is of moderate size and always looks clean and well kept. The bar is functional but not flashy.
The food is good and I typically will get the Full Sail Burger or the Tempeh Veggie Burger.
The host/hostess, bartenders and waitstaff have always been as friendly as can be. Big thumbs up for them.
I've reviewed their beers elsewhere but suffice it to say, I'm always pleased with the seasonal selections and the mainstays.
Great beer, good food, good view and a killer staff make this a fun stop. Wish I could get their beers in my homestate of Pennsylvania.
11-22-2009 12:09:31 |
More by Tucquan
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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in for lunch and a beer on the way to Portland, from Idaho. Skipped the tour and went to the pub and tasting room.
Arrived mid afternoon on a Saturday, it was very crowded and I could not get one of the cherished window seats for a view of the gorge. The indoor are was medium sized, nothing special about the decor, it was more sports bar than brew pub. Nice outdoor seating area on a concrete patio with a few umbrella tables.
Beer selection offered the Full Sail main stays and a few pub exclusives. Food menu was pub average, with some nice appetizers, limited number of sandwiches and salads. The pub burger was very good.
Service was good, nothing spectacular you had to drag information from the server. She could have been a little more talkative and offer some suggestions. Not sure of her beer knowledge other than "yeah thats a good beer".
Overall it was a good experience, enjoyed a couple of good beers and had a nice lunch.
09-21-2011 23:17:22 |
More by dtivp
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
A whirlwind '02 tour of touristy Oregon places was gratefully broken up with a stop at the Full Sail brewpub.
A sparse hall and " common room", brightly painted with about 20 tables, and a large picture window over looking the river below.
Freindly waitstaff / owners ( FS is employee owned) served us pints of fresh IPA from the bar and we went outside to sit on the ample deck, abover a sea of empty kegs. The young guy manning the grill made us some hefty Buffalo burgers and we were content to sit, sip and watch the sail boarders rip accross the windy river.
All in all a good stop. Beer was fresh and tasty and the atmosphere very relaxed but not warm and cozy. The staff was very well informed about thier beers and the process and took the time to chat and suggest other stops on our OR tour. Burgers were good too!
*BA reviews of more recent visits suggest your results may vary.
12-03-2007 21:03:39 |
More by Shiredave
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Made a trek to check out the Full Sail brewery in Hood River, only an hour or so from Portland. The tap room is nice with hardwood floors and brass fixtures and an awesome view of the Columbia River.
Beer selection was good they had the standard Full Sail brews as well as Wreck the Hall, Wassial and a Holiday blend Wassial. Staff new there stuff about the beers the were serving, just not very friendly in my opinion.
Food was excellent. They had burgers, seafood, some light italian and mexican, as well as fried foods and sandwiches.
They also had 22s and growlers to go at reasonable prices.
If you are a NW beer drinker worth the trip to see one of the original Oregon brewers places.
11-30-2009 16:24:22 |
More by madtappers
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for lunch while visiting Hood River. The atmosphere is not too unique - more of a sports bar vibe, but nothing that really detracted from the experience. I was there right after hop harvest, so they had a couple of their fresh hop ales on draft - I tried both, and while they were both good, neither really super-impressed me. But they have a pretty wide selection of their beers on draft - which I could've tried more. The food was pretty average - I had a chicken quesadilla. Service was on-point - the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the beers served - and let me try a few samples. It was nice that they have a pretty good bottle selection available to go.
11-02-2009 21:21:26 |
More by jpro
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We have visited this oregon staple a few times over the last year. As one of oregons founders, leaders, and innovators of craft beer its nice to see that they dont have a very high end thought of themselves like some other brewery's.
A huge warehouse building near downtown, sprawling over a few blocks, its quite the sight. Entering the brewpub itself down a wavy hallway, its very inviting, open and has a great view of the river.
Service has always been friendly, very knowledgable, and helpful. Food is pretty good, a bit higher end for the area I would say, but still rather inexpensive and delicious. Beers seem to be the regular lineups, with a few seasonals, and one of's. I wish they would have more than just the regulars, I love to go to a well established company and try beer that is not well established at all, but having a pint of even something classic where its brewed is still great.
The tour is really where this place shines, one of the best we have been on. Very knowledgable, able to answer questions, and you even get a free pint glass at the end! We've been on it twice, once was a day when the plant wasnt really operating, the second they were in full production. Unlike many other brewery tours you get to be right beside everything, right in the middle of the action versus walking on high balconies just watching.
Wonderful place overall, wish it was closer so we could visit more often.
03-09-2011 21:18:15 |
More by Elimination
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stationed up on the south bank of the columbia river, Full Sail has a spectacular view. The interior of the bar is clean and tidy. Outside deck area is very comfortable as well. I stopped in with some friends to get a bit of lunch the. Went on the brewery tour. Our tour guide was a nice guy, though at times it's seemed as if he had done it so many times the words were beginning to loose their meaning. We had a small group so we got him a little detailed from his talking points and were able to carry some cool conversation about full sail and thier beer. Back up at the pub, the tour guide popped in, tha Jed us for taking the tour and gave us some little trinkets and brewery swag. The bar offers almost all of Full sail's offerings as well as one or two pub specials. Their whole lineup is solid, so if you're visiting from out of state, try a sampler. The server was a young woman who was attentative and pretty quick with service. (though I haven't been there at one of the more busy times) food is on par with places like Deschutes public house, it's better than average pub food.
01-04-2012 20:31:27 |
More by gkunkle
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