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December 2015

Tis the Season for Holiday Beers!


To celebrate this holiday season we are offering three deliciously balanced brews, ready to spread joy and cheer! It all began back in 1988 when we started our tradition of holiday brewing with Wassail. Now it's as much a part of the festivities as sharing a roaring fire with our closest family and friends. Wassail is brewed with a range of caramel malts and dark chocolate malts giving it a deep mahogany color and a full malty body. We used a blend of European noble hops and Pacific Northwest aroma hops for a pleasantly hoppy finish creating a deliciously balanced beer that appeals to both hop and malt lovers alike. It's like our own little Christmas miracle. Available in 6-packs and on draft. ABV 7.2% IBU 56

Wreck the Halls is a sublime hybrid of an American style IPA and a winter warmer. The result is a bold brew that celebrates the holidays with an intriguing blend of Centennial hops providing elegant citrus notes balanced by a backdrop of a rich caramel malt body. Dry hopped to amplify the aromas and flavor. This four time gold medal winner is available in 22 ounce bottles and on draft. ABV 6.5% IBU 68

Session Fest is our Session holiday beer that comes in a stubby little bottle. It makes a great stocking stuffer and is the perfect beer to leave by the fireplace for Santa or Santa’s little helpers. Session Fest has a medium to full body that balances the candy caramel and full malt flavors. These flavors are underscored by a spicy hoppiness that provides a nice perfume with citrus and pine overtones and a long clean finish. Session Fest is available in 12-packs and on draft. 6.2% ABV 26 IBU.

We have crafted all our beers to be great guests at your holiday celebrations and they are a wonderful addition to every holiday meal. All Full Sail beers share balance and nuance and help to inspire the camaraderie of the holidays. Cheers and happy holidays ~ The Full Sail Crew!

Northwest Winter Bounty Brewmaster Dinner


Brewmaster Dinner season is upon us. What better way to begin than by showcasing the best of what Hood River has to offer!  This month's theme is Northwest Winter Bounty and features four tasty courses paired with four of our award winning brews.

Our Brewmaster Dinners are held the second Thursday of each month (except for December which is the third Thursday) from October to April at our Brew Pub in Hood River. Chef Ryan Callaghan and Brewmaster Jim Kelter team up to create a special menu. All for just $40. There is limited seating. For Brewmaster Dinner reservations, please call our Brew Pub (541) 386-2247.

Date: Thursday, December 17th, Service starts at 5PM
Location:  Full Sail Brew Pub, 506 Columbia Street, Hood River, Or 97031


Paired with Windy River Wheat

Grilled fennel, heirloom beets, Cascadia Creamery Sleeping Beauty cheese, arugula and farro with white balsamic vinaigrette.

Paired with Session Black

Mt. Shadow marrow topped with chimichurri and Session crostini served with braised leeks.

Paired with Wassail

Mt. Shadow Oxtail over pomme puree topped with root vegetable frit.

Paired with Imperial Cherry Stout

Povitica served with persimmon and raw honey ice cream topped with Wheatwine and quince sauce.

Get Your Beer Gear Here for your Holiday Shopping!


If you have someone on your list this year that appreciates darn good beer, we have the perfect gifts for you!  From pint glasses to illuminated pub signs to hoodies and t-shirts, we've got you covered. Treat someone or treat yourself.  We won't tell. 

Our new Wassail Tee is our favorite shirt for one of our favorite beers. Available in heather cardinal red, 100% cotton, sizes S-2XL. $18.

Ladies-cozy up in our newest funnel neck zip hoody! The back features one of our retro logos in navy and white. 80% cotton, 20% polyester. Available in heather gray, sizes S-XL, $45.
Place your order by December 14th for delivery by Christmas via ground shipping.  After the 13th contact us about shipping options.  Find plenty of Full Sail and Session Beer gear here. 

Holiday Ale Fest


Known for assembling a prestigious lineup of winter beers, the 20th annual Holiday Ale Festival will take place December 2 through December 6 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, located in the heart of downtown Portland. We will be showcasing a sneak peek of our Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine, due to release in early 2016.

Date: December 2-6, 2015, 11am-10pm Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday    
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Click here for more info and tickets

Session and Session Black Named "Best in the Northwest!"


Sip Northwest magazine recently released its fourth annual Best of the Northwest issue.  An open call for submissions drafted more than 430 entries from wine, 269 beers, 122 from spirits and 131 ciders. The magazine recruited an accomplished, qualified group of nearly 70 of the Northwest’s premier palates to judge and determine the top three in each respective beverage category.

We are proud to say, our Session Lager and Session Black were named, "Best of the Northwest!"  in the lager category. Cheers to that!

Cornerstone Imperial Coffee Stout on Tap Now!


We teamed up with our friends at Pacific Rim Coffee Roasters to craft this limited Pub only release. This beer balances a bold coffee aroma with the subtle fruit character of our Imperial Stout. Complex notes of dark chocolate, cherry and vanilla are complimented nicely by roasted malts and warming alcohol. Gentle carbonation adds a soft mouthfeel and delivers a beautiful “creama” reminiscent of your favorite espresso. ABV 7.4%  IBU 58

The next time you're in our neck of the woods, be sure to swing by our Brew Pub to sample some of our beers straight from the source, including our other small batch Pub exclusive brews! See what happens behind the scenes and take a tour of our brewery, grab a bite to eat and soak up the amazing views of the Columbia Gorge!

Holiday Brew Pub Hours


A few undeniable signs signal when winter is at the doorstep. The cool east winds begin to blow, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams get a white blanket of fresh powder and the snow report for the backcountry regains its trance-like hold and the holiday season is in full swing.

To celebrate with our families our Brew Pub will be closed Thursday, December 10th for our annual family holiday gathering. We will close at 4:00pm on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th and all day on Christmas on Friday, December 25th.

We will be open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. 

Warmest holiday wishes to you and yours!

Cheers! The Full Sail Crew

Beer Finder


Here's a handy way to help you find your way to our ridiculously tasty Full Sail or Session beers. Our Beer Finder will help you to locate the nearest bar or store selling your favorite Full Sail or Session beer. Simply type in your zip code and choose the beer you are looking for, it's that easy. Now no matter where you are, our beer is always in reach! 

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