I have mentioned before that I like Disney’s Boardwalk. I enjoy taking a break from the parks and hanging out there. I enjoy staying in the Resort, I think it is perfectly situated to get to anywhere, and I really enjoy the fact that there are so many choices for food and drink. You can eat high end at Cat Cora’s Kouzzina or the Flying Fish Café or you can go quick and easy with Hot dogs or Pizza. For Liquid Refreshments there are plenty of choices also, but hands down one of my favorite places in all of Disney World, and located on the Boardwalk is the Big River Brew Pub.

The Big River Brew Pub is located, between Thimbles and Threads and the Disney Vacation Club Preview Center. It is open Daily from 11:30am until midnight. This Big River Grille Brewing Works as it is officially named is the only one of the four Big River Grilles, to be found outside of Tennessee. It is owned by the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group, Inc which owns and operates brew pubs in 29 states and two in Taiwan. It is not a really big place to eat or have a beer, but it is never really crowded and there is outdoor seating for when it is.

The food is very good, there is a starter menu which includes dips and nachos, while the main courses offered range from chicken, fish, and meat to pastas and sandwiches. There are many salads, everything from a Greenhouse Salad to a Grilled Salmon Caesar. There are kids’ meals, and “homemade” root beer. Big River is on the Disney Dining Plan.

We have had many of the different menu items at Big River. We try to get there for lunch, usually the first day we are in Disney. The Caesar Salads are good as are the Nachos, and the Blackened Mahi-Mahi Sandwich, but I am partial to the burgers. Their Burgers are fantastic! (I think this is because it is a brew pub, I have found that most brew pubs have great burgers.)

Since Big River is a brew pub, that makes your drink choices a little different. They do offer a full bar for mixed drinks and wines, but they do not offer Bud, Miller Light or Coors, because they don’t offer beers other than their own. Big River Grille Brewing Works is true to its name as they brew their beers on sight. And they are good! I have not found one of their beers that I didn’t like. Some are comparable to mass produced beers. Their Gadzooks Pilsner is a good choice if you like Budweiser, while their Southern Flyer Light Lager is a very nice light beer. My favorite is the Rocket Red, which is a refreshing ale that is reddish in color. They also have a Steamboat Pale Ale, and a Sweet Magnolia American Brown Ale. At different times of the year they offer other seasonal choices, such as a Summer Wheat. They do offer a beer sampler, that costs a few dollars and offers you a 2-3 oz. taste of each of the beers and ales they have on tap at the moment.

One of the best things about Big River is the Boardwalk seating. They have tables outside the restaurant that are on an “enclosed” patio. (They are enclosed by some potted plants.) Sitting here, you are overlooking Crescent Lake and can see the people coming and going to the Beach and Yacht Clubs and Epcot on the Friendship Launches. While sitting at these tables, you can also enjoy the view of the rest of the boardwalk and you can even see the top of Illuminations, the fireworks form Epcot. Relaxing on the boardwalk, enjoy some very fine beer, is one of my favorite things to do when in Walt Disney World. This is why Big River falls into my top five places to get a drink in Disney.