What it is: Fullsteam is a brewery located in downtown Durham that makes and serves local beer using local ingredients. They don't have much food but frequently have food trucks out front. There were two when we were there on a Sunday afternoon.
We arrived and parked in the lot across the street. Some of the spots seemed to be marked for Motorco across the street exclusively, but no one bothered our car in the lot. We headed in and it was pretty empty for a Sunday afternoon. There was a wide open space with a television and stage for music. Then, there was the bar area in another room. We headed in to the bar to order. Immediately, the bartender welcomed the kids and said they could draw on the bar with the dry erase markers there while we ordered. Our beer-loving family members got a beer tasting while they had cider for those of us that were more beer averse. They even had some chips and lemonade that we could get for the boys. Everyone was happy.
We headed out to one of the picnic tables in the main part of the brewery to enjoy our beverages. While we were tasting they also had some games that we could play. While most of the games were for older people than my munchkins, my husband and boys still enjoyed a game of Parcheesi. The beer and cider were good, the chips and lemonade were tasty, and a good time was had by all.
What we liked: Fullsteam not only is a great place to go to enjoy some local beer, they also pride themselves in being welcoming to everyone. We really noticed that. They allow dogs and had quite a few there while we were visiting, and they are also family friendly until 9pm. They devote a whole page to this family-friendly aspect on their website: http://www.fullsteam.ag/tavern/all-welcome/.
What we would change: Of course, we would enjoy a few more munchies, but since they frequently have food trucks outside it's not really necessary. The few snacks they had were a nice touch.
Website and other important information:
Address: 726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701
Hours: MONDAY - THURSDAY: 4pm to 12am, FRIDAY: 4pm to 2am, SATURDAY: 12pm to 2am, SUNDAY: 12pm to 12am (Remember, no kids after 9pm)