Sean Wilson

Brewer, Owner
Sean Wilson


About Sean Wilson

Sean Lilly Wilson is owner and Chief Executive Optimist of Durham, NC-based Fullsteam, a “plow to pint” brewery and tavern. Fullsteam's mission is to pioneer a Southern Beer Economy through the act of commerce, fostering economic opportunity for farmers, foragers, and agricultural entrepreneurs in a post-tobacco South. Sean’s beer career began as founder and president of Pop The Cap, a grassroots lobbying nonprofit that helped modernize North Carolina's beer laws in the mid-2000s. He is past president of the NC Craft Brewers Guild and, in 2015, received the guild's first-ever "Industry Impact" award. His passion for connecting beer to the region's farm and food systems earned him three James Beard Foundation semi-finalist honors in the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional category. In 2017, the North Carolina Business Council honored Sean as a “Visionary Leader” in Civic Engagement. He recently joined the board of the Triangle Land Conservancy to support its mission to protect natural habitats, support local farms and food, and connect people to nature.


  • Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional, 3-time Nominee
    James Beard Foundation
  • "Industry Impact" Award
    North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Beer flight
$, Brewery, Outdoor Seating, Beer Garden, Old North Durham
"Had an amazing time at @fullsteambrewery yesterday for yoga and then a beer tour and tasting! They have so many delicious sodas, beers and even "Hom"bucha (kombucha). Looooved this place and we learned so much from Sean! Great brewery! #cocktailbandits #curlyladieswhotalkcocktailsdaily #durham #durhambeer #beerlover #fullsteam #nextchaptertour #northcarolina #banditslovebeertoo"