Fullsteam Brewery

6 Reasons to Love Fullsteam Brewery

6 reasons to Love Fullsteam Brewery

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with the owner of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC. If you’ve been around Durham for awhile, you have surely seen it downtown. The tavern is housed in a old brick warehouse with the iconic metal Fullsteam sign above the door.  Zach and I have always enjoyed meeting friends at Fullsteam on Wednesday nights after the run club events they host. After chatting with owner Sean, I love this place even more. Here are 6 reasons you should love Fullsteam:

  1. Fullsteam brews contain a large amount of local ingredients
     I had no idea before chatting with Sean that many Fullsteam beer ingredients were sourced locally in NC. Not only do they source a large amount of their ingredients here in NC, but they even have the grains malted here in Durham!

  2. Local products means a stronger economy for NC.  Sean explained to me that Fullsteam is on a quest to build a southern beer economy for a post-tobacco south. As you you most likely know, a large part of Durham’s history was shaped by the tobacco industry. With the tobacco industry quickly becoming less and less present in our state, there is a need for new and creative crops. Growing more grain for the purpose of beer production gives farmers who previously grew tobacco a new demand.
  3. Ever notice that F in the Fullsteam logo is backward? Well,  there is a reason beyond aesthetics for this. This backward F represents looking back and honoring the agriculture traditions of our state.
  4. As the backward F signifies remembrance of our state’s past, the name Fullsteam makes way for what is to come in NC agriculture. Fullsteam ahead! The name was also personal for owner, Sean. Opening Fullsteam was a way to hit reset and start something new for him. Prior to opening the brewery, Sean was in need of a kidney transplant. Thankfully, his wife was a match and able to save his life. Sean saw this as a good time to move forward and tackle life’s obstacles “fullsteam ahead”.
  5. Fullsteam is community centered. They open their doors to all sorts of interesting events, from Sunday yoga to belly dancing and beer. They have hosted the Durham Run Club every Wednesday night since they opened in 2010. If you are a runner, or just want to meet friends after they run, you should definitely check it out!
  6. Fullsteam is also now offering food. Fullsteam has unleashed a great new kitchen! Check out their site to see the new menu at the tavern and check on any interesting events being hosted soon.
Cindi Honeycutt

Cindi Honeycutt


Cindi is a born and raised Durham native. She is a former elementary school teacher turned realtor, now working at Movil Realty. Cindi is excited to help others find their home here in the triangle.

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