Yup. A brewery. And it is actually a great place to take a family.
Microbrews and locally crafted beers are in. And here at my house we're happy about that. But we don't get to explore the new breweries cropping up over the Triangle all that often with C in tow. Then my friend KP told me about Fullsteam in Durham as a great place to take the kids, so we went.
The beers were quite fun here (with quirky descriptions such as "if bacon were a beer"). And in addition to Fullsteam's full array of beers, they also have guest taps featuring another brewer or 2 in the area.
Yet the best was how many families were here. Fullsteam is a large warehouse with a bunch of nice picnic tables. In the back, where you can get a good look through the glass at the beer brewing in action, there is an open & powered up organ (yes, little fingers can play) and a stage. They have live music on Friday nights starting at 8 pm.
In the front is an arcade of sorts: pinball machines, foosball, ping pong tables, and more. This is great for the kids! And there is plenty of room to run around. Kids can be loud, kids can play with each other, and it just contributes to the overall atmosphere of enjoyment here.
Fullsteam does offer a few little snack items for sale, but they really encourage you to bring your own food or order in. Indeed, while we were there one family had a pizza delivered.
There are kid beverages available here, like Cheerwine.
By the way, another friend told me that you can call ahead to order growlers of beer to pick up on Saturdays at the Durham Farmers Market. Cool.
They do rent the space for parties, so check online before you go. And if you want to rent, give them a call.
Obviously, please use caution when drinking with kids in tow! Taste, don't party-hardy. But do enjoy this great new Durham haunt.
726 Rigsbee Ave
Durham Central Park's D.I.Y. District.
(Look for the big backwards F!)