Full Sail Brewing Co.

We took a weekend trip down to Hood River, Oregon last weekend and while in Hood River

Full Sail Brewery Street Sign
Full Sail Brewery Street Sign

we checked out the local breweries. First stop was Full Sail Brewery where we enjoyed a sampler as well as lunch from the Full Sail Brew Pub.  I was excited to see that Full Sail has Pub Exclusive brews on tap that are only available in their own tap rooms. It’s always a part of the fun when visiting a brewery is trying beers that you can’t pick up at the stores.   The brewery was nice, clean and had heated outdoor seating with a view of the Gorge, and we got lucky to get a spot right up front. Our waitress was friendly, provided great tips and suggestions on the food.

The food was great; I had the Vegetable Curry Rice Bowl with Tofu. From the menu the description is Cauliflower, zucchini, sweet potato, red bell pepper, onion, celery, carrot, garbanzo beans, local apples, and craisins in a house made curry sauce served with jasmine rice and garlic-Session Wheat sautéed baby kale topped with cilantro sour cream and green onions.  My wife had the Full Sail Chicken Pot Pie which was also very good, I don’t usually enjoy pot pies but I could see enjoying that on a cold day. Now the food item on the menu that I was sad I didn’t order once my friend Eric got his was the Salmon Fish and Chips, it seems rare to see Salmon served this way. All in all, it was a great lunch and well worth the price point.

Let’s get to the good stuff, the beer. While at Full Sail it was only noon and being my wife’s birthday I figured we should only have a little bit of beer before heading off to Naked Winery, so I ordered the specialty sampler. This sampler was 6 five ounce samples for $20, plus you got to keep a souvenir taster glass. The beers I had are listed below in order of how I enjoyed them. While the descriptions are directly off FullSailBrewing.com since they are the most accurate. The Slipknot IPA was a solid full bodied IPA and I wish it was available in stores at it a solid IPA. I also really enjoyed the Catacombs American Dark Ale which is another pub exclusive and this had a light coffee and chocolate flavor which mixed very nicely.

Taster Tray with free souvenir glass
Taster Tray with free souvenir glass

Slipknot IPA(ABV 7% / IBU 80) This full bodied IPA pours a rich golden-orange hue that glows like the late winter sun. The variety of hops deliver pungent scents of citrus and pine, while the variety of hops add a rich spicy malt character.

Catacombs American Dark Ale(ABV 6.7% / IBU 45) Chocolate & caramel malts combined bring forth the dark in this full bodied winter ale. Aromas of pine & slight earthy notes open to flavors of coffee, chocolate, & fruit. A combination of dry-hopping impart aromas & flavors of mango & citrus on the finish. ABV 6.7% IBU 45

Full Sail IPA (ABV 6% / IBU 60) This Northwest style IPA is generously hopped to 60 IBU’s with Centennial hops from the Yakima Valley. Brewed in the classic style with two-row Pale and Crystal malt, our IPA is a real thirst quencher. This fifteen time gold medal winner has a full, malty body and there’s even a hint of fresh citrus to it.

Wassail Winter Ale (ABV 7.2%/ IBU 56)Wassail is brewed with caramel and dark chocolate malts giving it a deep mahogany color and a full malty body. We used a blend of Pacific Northwest hops for a pleasant hoppy aroma and finish.

Full Sail IPA (ABV 6% / IBU 60) This Northwest style IPA is generously hopped to 60 IBU’s with Centennial hops from the Yakima Valley. Brewed in the classic style with two-row Pale and Crystal malt, our IPA is a real thirst quencher. This fifteen time gold medal winner has a full, malty body and there’s even a hint of fresh citrus to it.

Session Golden Golden (ABV 5.8% / IBU 28) pours a deep golden color and imported hop varieties impart noble hop aromas with subtle herbal and hop spice notes. Hop bitterness and malt sweetness are balanced with a firm, smooth, mineral/malt character & clean finish.

Nut Brown Ale (ABV 6% / IBU 31)A British style Nut Brown Ale brewed with Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts give this medium-bodied ale an extremely smooth and thirst-quenching quality. A combination of Fuggle and Mt.Hood hops provide a balanced soft malt and slightly spicy hop finish.

Unfortunately while visiting Full Sail only is in production Monday thru Thursday, but that didn’t stop us from taking the brewery tour. Our tour guide was nice, knowledgeable and open for questions about the process and history of Full Sail Brewery.  We got to see and taste the malts used for different beers, I always enjoy trying to fresh ingredients. Full Sail is able to bottle about 550 bottles a minute, that’s a 60 case pallet about every 2 minutes. This process, like I said previously we didn’t get to see the process so we will be returning to Full Sail in the future during a production day.

Session Signs inside of the brewery, a lot of awards and their company logos throughout the tour.
Session Signs inside of the brewery, a lot of awards and their company logos throughout the tour.

At the end of the tour our guide opens up for any additional questions we may have come up with and sends off with a free Full Sail Brewery Pint glass. We of course had to stop and buy some merchandise as well after such a great experience. I got a new t-shirt, a hoodie for the wife and the glass growler of course. Overall a great experience at Full Sail Brewery, I’d highly recommend making a stop for a pint and some food.

Pallets on top of pallets of beer.
Pallets on top of pallets of beer.

2 Comments

  1. What a great post! I love how much information you gave about each specific beer. I love getting the opportunity to have a tour when we are somewhere that makes their own beer! It’s so fun and I am always so fascinated. It sounds like you guys had a great time and I hope Kelly had a good birthday!

  2. Thanks for the nice review Krysta! We had a great time, I’d recommend making a trip to Hood River with your husband for a weekend get away. We used airbnb and it made the trip nice and affordable.

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