fish and chips with sweet potato fries instead of traditional "chips."

Review – Boylan Bridge Brewpub in Raleigh

Outside of Boyland Bridge Brewpub
Boylan Bridge is a great place to have some local craft beer

My sister and brother-in-law wanted to get together the other night, so we decided to meet at Boylan Bridge Brewpub in Raleigh. They had taken a tour of the brewery a couple of weeks ago and were very impressed with their beer.

View of downtown Raleigh at sunset
The skyline of downtown Raleigh is lit by the sunset.

Boylan Bridge Brewpub is located in downtown, and has a really nice outdoor deck with a great view of the city. However the night we were there it was pretty cold, so we decided to eat inside. The menu is somewhat standard pub food: fish and chips, burgers, a few wraps, salad, etc.

onion rings
These onion rings were so good we had already eaten a few before I snapped a photo!

We decided to start out the meal with an appetizer of onion rings. These were excellent onion rings. They had a nice coating of batter, but were not too bready. They were nice and crisp and crunchy with tender onions inside. They come on a wooden spool, most likely made in the wood shop that the owner has just below the pub. It reminded us of the children’s toy of plastic round pieces on a spool.

black bean burger with more onion rings
Black bean burger with more onion rings.

For dinner, I had the black bean burger which came on a nice Kaiser roll, and had lettuce, tomato and onion on it. The bean burger was well seasoned and had good flavor to it. It was a bit mushy, but didn’t fall apart. I enjoyed it and had a few additional onion rings with the order. To wash down the burger, I had the Transpotter Scottish Ale, which is one of their seasonal beers. It was a pretty light brown color, had a smooth taste and with just a little hint of hoppiness, which I enjoy. The beer is also one of the higher alcohol content beers, with 7% alcohol. Good thing I wasn’t driving that night!

fish and chips with sweet potato fries instead of traditional "chips."
Fish and chips with sweet potato fries instead of traditional "chips."

My husband had the fish and chips with some sweet potato fries. I tried a bite or two of the fish which was nice and flaky, lots of tender white meat to the fish and again, had a really great batter that gave it a nice crunch. Scott had the Endless Summer Ale, a night, light beer that is reminiscent of something like a Blue Moon.

My sister and brother-in-law split a Silver Star, which was a spicy chicken Philly sandwich. That had tomatoes, jalapenos, sautéed onions and provolone cheese. They said the sandwich was very good, and it was nice and spicy. They split an Endless Summer Ale, but said they should have each gotten a beer. Splitting the pint was just a bit too small for them.

On a nice spring or summer evening, Boylan Bridge is a great place to come have a few beers, enjoy the skyline and relax with friends.

Boylan Bridge Brewpub is located on 201 Bolyan Avenue in Raleigh. They are open from 4pm – 11pm Monday Thursday and from 11:30am – midnight on Friday and Saturday.
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