Past Press

PAST PRESS: 2010 and prior to our August 2010 launch

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September 2010 — The Draft
“The south is a foodie mecca of humble traditions and unselfconscious localism. It’s not terroir there; it’s dirt.”

August 4, 2010
The Independent Weekly — Five years later, a toast to bold beers
“Our whole focus, our mission—I know it’s hokey and all that—centers around optimism and what could be: not what is, but what if?” 

August 2, 2010 — Featured Brewery: Fullsteam
“The North Carolina beer scene is in for a sweet surprise.”

March 2010
Oxford American — MoonPie beer? Kudzu beer?
“Wilson and Davis’s beers were studies in graceful restraint.”

February 21, 2010
Brewers Association — A Toast To…Sean Lilly Wilson
“We’re in the middle of build-out. For a while, I was calling it ‘the warehouse.’ Now I call it ‘the brewery.'”

Nov/Dec 2009
DRAFT Magazine — Southern Uprising
“We seek to redeem the image of beer in the South.”

November 9, 2009
Serious Eats — A Pint with Sean Wilson
“It may seem far out there, but we humans have a rich history of fermenting what we forage.”

November 2, 2009
Durham Herald-Sun — Brewery crafting an exotic beer
“What if in a parallel universe, the South was the center of beer production?”

July/August 2009
DRAFT Magazine — Nine Beer Innovators to Watch
(link is down…we have to fix this)

Spring 2009
Edible Piedmont — Edible Piedmont’s Local Heroes: Sean Lilly Wilson
“His ‘plow-to-pint’ mantra and determination for Southern beer to take its rightful place…has gained him many converts.”



Modernizing beer laws (2005): Pop The Cap
Successfully lobbyied the North Carolina state legislature to pass House Bill 392 (2005). Fullsteam CEO Sean Lilly Wilson led the Pop The Cap grassroots nonprofit to lift the 6% alcohol limit on beer in North Carolina.

Modernizing beers laws (2009): Permit Beer
Successfully lobbyied the North Carolina state legislature to pass House Bill 1595 (2009).
Worked in tandem with the N.C. Retail Merchants Assocation to provide  breweries the same promotional rights as wineries.

Promoting NC Craft Beer: NC Tourism
North Carolina Department of Commerce (
Radio commercial for North Carolina tourism

Evangelizing craft beer: All About Beer Magazine
Celebrating 30 Years of Beer Culture
It Drink Pretty Good: Changing Southern Beer Culture

Evangelizing craft beer: 2009 Craft Brewers Conference
“I Am a Craft Brewer” video
What an honor to be a part of something so remarkable, particularly as a brewery-in-planning. Thank you, Greg Koch of Stone!



March 18, 2009
WUNC radio’s “The State of Things” — Sip Local
Excerpt from on-air interview with founder Sean Lilly Wilson (MP3, 4 min)

June 16, 2007
The Durham News — Bull City brewpub his bubbling vision
“My goal is really to give the community what it wants.”



November 2010 — Pass the Sweet Potato Beer, Please
” “It’s not a pie, it’s trying to be it’s own thing that celebrates local ingredients.

October 2010
Cooking Light — The Best Restaurants in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
“At Fullsteam, locally-grown sweet potatoes, parsnips, and mulberries make their way into subtly nuanced brews.”

September 2010
Food & Wine — Southern beer to buy now
“Hogwash…a dark, robust ale that pairs spectacularly well with all kinds of barbecue.”

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