Boylan Bridge Brewpub (OUT OF BUSINESS)

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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
radagast83  (321) Arlington, Virginia | September 2, 2014
Was in the area for a wedding earlier in the weekend, and this was given as a suggestion by a resident, I think primarily because they knew that I really liked beer and am interested in trying local stuff.

I’ll start off by saying that the building is pretty cool, and the patio is awesome, with a fantastic view of the city. That’s probably the highlight of this place.

Parking wasn’t bad for us, but we saw signs posted telling patrons that certain lots were ’now towing’, so I imagine it can be a nightmare. Plates are strange raised flat surfaces that I personally thought were pretty cool, though it looks like at least one other reviewer didn’t really like them. I thought they were pretty cool and would love to see more of that. Personally they should consider investing in some tasting trays that would complement their plates instead of using laminated sheets.

Beer was adequate, but reminded me of my homebrew attempts. It also reminds me why I don’t want to open my own place. My beer is good enough for me to drink in private, but not probably the best to sell. If anyone involved with the place ever reads this, just step back, take a breather, find some excellent beer recipes to focus on, take your time and don’t cut any corners with ingredients, time or effort.

I don’t know what guest taps they had when I was there, but I’d probably just get one of those and enjoy the view with some of the food they serve if I ever make it back there.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
beernovice39  (250) Idaho | October 1, 2012
Cool building. Parking stinks. Beer just average.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
maxwelldeux  (148) Snohomish, Washington | July 7, 2012
I had some high hopes when I headed here, but I was a little disappointed. The service wasn’t all that great, and the food was mediocre, at best. It was just bar food served in irritating ways that weren’t amenable to people eating. Now the beer: the selection was pretty bad. For a brewpub, I’ve never seen a place with so few of their own brews on tap. And the beers they did have on tap weren’t great. The porter wasn’t too bad, but none of the others were worth talking about.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON  (154) Durham, North Carolina | April 28, 2012
Cool little spot in downtown Raleigh. Beer was very mediocre. Because they are such a small production, they only had 4 of their own beers on tap, plus two guest taps one of which is shitty Red Oak Amber. Might go back if they have something interesting on tap. Yes, I’m a snob.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Bart  (108) Brussels, Belgium | October 28, 2011
Smaller place near downtown Raleigh. Selection of 6 own brewed beers of medium to ok quality. Missing some ambiance. Ok service, but not very attentive. I had better pub food as well.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie  (788) Denver, Colorado | September 1, 2011
This is a new-looking brewpub with a modern feel. There is a nice patio outside. Beers are pretty standard brewpub fare with no surprises. I enjoyed the porter quite well. We had lunch here which was tasty. The stout rib sandwich was very good. Service was good too. Overall a pleasant experience.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
DukeBrewDevil  (41) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | January 27, 2011
Stopped in for lunch during a brewery tour with friends. It’s a new, clean diner/cafe style place with a cool looking outdoor patio overlooking Raleigh. The food was very good with interesting twists on standard sounding items. The beer was fine and the ones I tried were without flaws, but also weren’t very interesting. I’d stop by here again if I wanted a nice lunch or inexpensive dinner, or maybe if the weather was nice to hang out on the patio for a beer, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for the beer itself.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
adavis234  (11) Charleston , South Carolina | May 21, 2010
Not the best beer you’ve ever had but good nonetheless. Food is typical pub food. Also good but not incredible. The best parts are the ambiance and the people. A great view of downtown Raleigh and a nice porch. Servers are attentive and friendly, and my father and I were allowed to go back and explore the brewery unsupervised, which was both enjoyable and a breath of fresh air in a day and age where suspicion and fears of legal liability seem to put a damper on any fun. I will definitely go back to Boylan Bridge.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Elwood  (108) Leesburg, Virginia | April 26, 2010
I stopped in here with a friend to see if the beers have improved any. The good news is they have. The bad news is they haven’t improved too much. And the waitress seemed like she wanted to be somewhere else. My guess is she was trying to visit there during her shift since she hardly ever came by our table. Can’t say anything about the food since we didn’t eat, but I don’t think you are missing much other than a decent view of downtown Raleigh. Oh, and good luck finding a parking spot!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Sandor  (5) Pennsylvania | March 27, 2010
Stopped by for lunch before flying out of Raleigh. The beer was okay...the stout was the only beer that I actually got a little excited about. Their anniversary beer was a belgian strong ale that just wasn’t remarkable. For food, I was really happy with the beer & cheese soup. I was also glad that I ordered dessert after having a really good brownie on caramel sauce (which paired nicely with the stout). The bratwurst sandwich was served on a stale roll and was dissapointing. The staff was pretty wrapped up in determining how they were going to cover the evening’s service. It was just an okay experience. I probably would pass on this place if I’m in Raleigh again.

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