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Big River Grille & Brewing Works

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Big River Grille & Brewing WorksBig River Grille & Brewing Works
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60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 211
Beer Avg: 3.46
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

2101 N. Epcot Resort Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 33605
United States
phone: (407) 560-0253

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This place had great beer selection of there own micro brew ...got a sampler and there was not one bad choice ...great description of each beer on the menus ...the food was also top notch Kobe burger was great and the nochos were hands down the best I ever ate ... If you are in Disney resorts check this place out for sure .. In boardwalk Disney resort ..

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2.79/5  rDev -24.2%

A kinda modern with a lot of brushed aluminum... Cool that you can see the brewing stuffs.

Q the beer is well crafted but lacks flavor and variety...

S this is the highlight of the place, bartenders are very nice.

S same thing every time... Nothing new or exciting in the past five years.

F eh... Mostly fired, comfort food. Nothing too fancy

V very expensive, but its disney so it's expected.

Lare453, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

I took the family to Walt Disney World for a mid -February vacation, and we visited this brewpub for a quick lunch soon after we checked int a nearby resort. I had actually visited this brewpub several years ago (1999, I think) with my wife, before we had children. Nothing had changed. Modern decor, malt aroma, moderately limited seating. The location on the boardwalk is nice, and it is a great place to people watch. The beer is typical ales, oohing adventurous. They were well made, and there was nothing wrong with them. I particularly liked the winter rotation, a brown ale. The service was fast, and, typical of Disney, very friendly. The food was somewhat better than most pub fare. I had an excellent mushroom Swiss burger. The prices are higher than. Necessary, but in line with a vacation resort/theme park. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Suds, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%

Snuck out of the Boardwalk resort one night last week to have a few beers at Big River. I'd been here last years ago (at least 7, if not more).

Atmosphere: Tuesday night, not too crowded. Entering through the now white awning, the bar is straight on. To the right, a small seating area and brewing equipment. To the left, more seating. Behind the bar, additional tanks. The bar area has a second, long table that passes for a second bar. Tap handles and alcohol behind the bar.

Quality: The restaurant was slowing down. So despite a few fratboy shenanigans all was quiet. That gave me the opportunity to talk with the bartender. Plus there. Six beers on tap and a full menu. Also, very busy at regular meal hours.

Service: The bartender was friendly but not overly talkative. He did, however, make some recommendations for me.

Selection: Six beers on tap. A stray firkin and handpump sat unused as well. The regular lineup included a pale ale, red, and pils with a seasonal hefe and IPA. I liked the pale and and red best and, after the sampler went with a full pint of pale ale. Several were good.

Food: A full menu is available but I didn't eat.

Pricey like everything else in an around Disney. Despite the Boardwalk being a mecca for outdoor drinking, Big River's license doesn't allow for carry-out to to go sales. Too bad there.

akorsak, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of GeneralZod
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

ATMOSPHERE
Found this place during our vacation to Disney World. It was a nice suprise to find a brewery in the resort. It is the typical brewery & grill. It has a nice full bar and a nice display of the beer tanks. It was a fun busy night with a lot of drunk people having a great time.

QUALITY
The beers were not watered down. Every make was a nice full-bodied beer. No short cuts.

SERVICE
Our waiter was very helpful and taking his time to explain the beer and even pointed out what order you should drink to maximize taste.

SELECTION
They had at least 8 beers on tap which were suprisingly almost all very good. The beer sample consist of the light lager, pilsner, pale ale, red ale, double IPA, brown ale and a stout.

FOOD
The food was good. My favorite was the Beer Cheese Soup.
YES! It is made with one of their ales. Overall the entrees and apps were pretty good compared to most breweries.

It is definitely worth visiting if you are in the area.

GeneralZod, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Rymar9
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Visited this place with some family on our first night in Disney a couple weeks ago. Located on the boardwalk, we sat outside. Pretty nice atmosphere, people strolling by an even fireworks going off as we ate..well it is Disney after all. Waitress was nice and helpful. As far as beer goes, they brew their own and have about 5 or 6 different ones on tap at all times. I had the pale ale and the rocket red amber ale. Neither are anything to write home about but both are decent brews an I'm glad I got to try them. I would say the rocket red ale was a little better. As far as the food goes, I had the BBQ bacon cheeseburger, and I have to say that it was fantastic! I was pleasantly surprised. That burger was definitely the highlight. If you're looking for a place to eat and drink some decent craft beer in Disney then this is a pretty good place..give it a try.

Rymar9, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

This was the very last beer stop on our Disney vacation. If you ask most Disney employees where the Boardwalk is, no one seems to know. After taking the monorail to Epcot on an epic quest to find this place, we were re-routed back to the Magic Kingdom only to be told we need to take the monorail to the transportation stop and grab a bus. Five intel-gathering employee interviews later, we found the Boardwalk after about two hours or so...

Atmosphere: Located on a touristy strip along a large wooded deck, with the fairly modern interior decor, especially in the bar area. We arrived on a weekday night and got a table right away. The tables are well spaced and the atmosphere itself is cozy.

Quality: Most of the beer was average, except for the Soleil IPA, which was a diamond in the rough for sure. The food was very good.

Service: We ordered a beer sampler platter first and it came out right away. While we were enjoying this, we ordered an appetizer. Literally, the appetizer came out about two minutes from the time we order it. I kid you not! We were both stunned! The waiter then proceeded to take our order and I confronted him about how fast the appetizer just came out and that we were wanting to take our time, relax, and enjoy some beers first. From that point on, he didn't give us the time of day. Literally, he slammed the next beer I ordered down on the table in front of me. After a while, he came back to our table to finally take our order. At this point, I think he realized that his behavior was rude at best, so he tried to his best to make up for it. However, to our minds, the damage had already been done.

Selection: Most of the standard beer styles were represented, however, it would have been nice to see at least one dark beer. Perhaps a porter? The food was basically upscale bar fare.

Food: ...and that upscale bar fare was killer! The meatloaf and garlic mashed potatoes I got was great and my wife's burger was fantastic. No complaints here.

Value: I thought the value for the food was pretty good considering the high quality, however, the pints were around $7 a pop which I though was kind of steep.

Now that we know how to find this place, we'll come here again. That being said, our Disney vacation would have still been complete without it.

Chaney, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%

A: Family and I were staying at the Boardwalk so it was a nice surprise to find a brewery just moments away. Stopped in on a Tuesday evening and sat at the bar with one or two others. No beer geeks around and it was rettu turisty of course

Q: I had the Pils and IPA. Both were average to subpar. I actually did not finish my Pils.

S: Very nice, prompt

S: About 7 options here. Pretty standard and safe. Hefs to the Select IPA

F: No try

The place was charging about $7 for poor pints of beer. It is what it is.

barleywinefiend, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Visited Big River in February 2011. Long lines as expected in everything Disney. We sat at an outside table which really was nice as it is right on the boardwalk. The server was excellent and very attentive. They have about 6 in house local brewed beers. I picked the Sweet Magnolia brown which was nice. The wife and I both got burgers which were very good. They are served with chips. It's a good size portion. The menu is not huge but they probably have enough of a selection to make most people happy.

The atmosphere here is really a nice selling point. If you can sit outside and enjoy the views its well worth it. We talked to some other folks sitting near us and they enjoyed the food and drinks as well. It's worth a stop on your Disney trip.

GallowsThief, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of swassbac
3.35/5  rDev -9%

Had a 3 meeting at the Boardwalk hotel and was happy to see the only recommended beer place at Disney was right outside the hotel. They had an IPA as one of their brewers selection and I thought it was OK if uninspired. The food was average with my meatloaf being the best choice out of what our group ordered.

Tonight I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the ESPNZone had Dogfish 60-minute bottles (in addition to the BMC standards and Sierra Nevada PA). For dinner tonight we went to the Ragland Irish Bar in Downtown Disney and again I was surprised (especially after reading the dismal reviews of Disney beer) to find Bells 2 Hearted, Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Several Dogfishhead varierties and a few local Orlando Brews (an IPA and a Blonde).

I'd definately recommend Big River if you are close but if you are towards Downtown Disney, Ragland is a better bet for selection and the food is much better.

swassbac, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of MikeRa
4.83/5  rDev +31.3%

I went to the Big River Grille & Brewing Works at the Boardwalk Resort and Villas, at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL in November 2010. This location has a nice athosphere, where you can either eat inside, or out on the Boardwalk. I was able to get a table right away.

I had 2 great beers while here, the Rocket Red Ale, and the Oatmeal Stout (which is the new entry to the Brewer's Select list here), and had to eat there a bowl of the Beer Cheese Soup, and the Blackened Mahi Mahi sandwich, and I can tell you, they both were excellent, as well as the two beers.

The next time I return to Walt Disney World, I will visit this place again.

MikeRa, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Chincino
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

I visited the Big River Grille & Brewing Works at the Boardwalk Resort in Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL in May 2010. I was really looking forward to going to this brewpub for a couple reasons: 1. It's hard to find good beer anywhere on Disney World property 2. It's hard to find good beer in the Orlando area itself, and 3. Since Disney usually doesn't promote drinking alcohol (minus Epcot's food and wine festival) with alcohol being banned entirely from Disney's most popular park the Magic Kingdom, I thought the idea of a brewpub in Disney World was progressive for them and I was excited to go there and check it out.

I thought the atmosphere of this place was phenomenal. I checked out the inside which was a bit crowded and small so we opted to sit outside at one of their few outdoor tables. It was a great choice because not only did we have beautiful weather to enjoy, but the atmosphere of the Boardwalk resort is great sow e were able to take in the ambiance of the place and people watch, see/hear the Fireworks from Epcot's Illuminations show, and hear music while we were at the brewpub. I recommend sitting outside if possible although we did have to wait awhile to get outdoor seating since it is limited and by far the more attractive option.

As far as beer selection goes, it was not great, but again good for Florida. I had the Gadzooks Pilsner and the Dunkelweiss both which were average. I preferred the Gadzooks Pilsner out of the two beers I had and my friend tried their IPA which I had a sip of and it was also decent, but nothing spectacular.

The food was good. My friend and I split a couple of appetizers which were good and reasonably priced.

One thing to take note of is that this place does not sell beer/growlers to go as their liquor license does not allow them to do so.

If you're traveling to Disney World, I would definitely recommend checking this place out.

Chincino, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of mullenite
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

I'm saddened to see others had good service here, ours was not horrible but way below average.

The place is nice, big windows up in the front with the bar in the back and the brewing equipment behind some glass so you can see it. It's a little small inside and so are the table tops. My wifes plate and lemonade along with my 5 small glasses and plate left the table completely covered.

The beer was all decent, I would drink more of the red ale but was happy with the small sample glasses of the other styles. The pilsner was very hoppy but lacked a crispness I look for in a good pilsner. The pale ale, light beer and witbier were all unremarkable.

My wife got the Kobe burger and I got the chicken sandwich both were good. The burger was one of the better ones I've had that was not home made and the chicken was juicy and had a nice char to it. Mashed potatoes were good, even if they were a little peppery.

Paid about $45 including tip for the two of us which is pretty reasonable. Really just wish the service had been better.

mullenite, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Kolsch
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Visited several times during out stay at Dolphin resort, which is a short walk to Big River.

Atmosphere: little on the small side, once you get in. Brewing tanks immediately in front and to right of bar area. Bar seats maybe 8-10 at most. Dinning area to left of bar and seating outside when the temperature is not 90+. We opted to sit inside because of this but did sit outside at night when it was only 85+.

Quality: Had a Pils, Nut Brown Ale, Pale Ale and Hefe during my visits. All were decent with the Pale and Brown being the stand out. Did like the fact that most beers were around 5% ABV considering the Africa like heat outside.

Selection: Only 4 offerings so selection gets a ding.

Food: Had a pulled pork sandwich which was Ok, nothing to complain about.

Value: $6.50 for a pint. I put this as reasonable considering where you are. Once inside the park especially Epcot, prepare to pay upwards of $8 for a plastic glass of beer.

Overall: If we ever make it back to Disney again, this will be our go to for decent beer that is hard to find in Disney.

Kolsch, May 23, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
3.68/5  rDev 0%

A Brewpub at Disney is unique. This one is nice.
The interior is very clean but not all that interesting. The food was actually better than average. The Meatloaf was Delicious!!! and a little spicy, which is something you don't always find in Disney food. my wife had the Cheese and ale soup which we both thought was yummy. Portions were quite generous which made the prices reasonable. The waitstaff were great and very knowledgeable when it came to the beers.
However both beers I had were just average (the IPA & Red). But this is a nice spot for a change from other Disney venues.

Liverpool08, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

A nice little joint on the boardwalk area. Not cheap but very reasonably priced for the location right on Disney property. Food was a hair above decent, but not spectacular in any way, My companion said the sangria was pretty good...

Beer selection was limited to 4 regulars and 2 seasonal/special brews, none of which knocked my socks off. Not too crowded and service was good (this was after park closing at 9pm). The server did an fairly good job of describing the available brews.

Overall a nice retreat for younger adult travelers tired of all the screaming kids but not a must-do beer destination.

allergictomacros, Feb 12, 2010
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Big River Grille & Brewing Works in Lake Buena Vista, FL
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