Dining at Disney: Beers Around the World

In keeping with our trip to Walt Disney World for the Food & Wine Festival the end of September, this month I will talk about the variety of beers available around World Showcase.

Even though Sean has been bartending for almost a year and is over 22, this was my first experience really watching him order and drink beer. He had told me he was looking forward to the different varieties. I am proud to say that he sampled quite a variety and really tasted each to evaluate them instead of just drinking it and moving on.

Our first kiosk was Hawaii and that turned out to be one of our favorites. Sean ordered a Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Company. It was delicious – not heavy with a great flavor. The other option was the Pipeline Porter, which is heavier. We both enjoyed the Golden Ale and having a 6 oz pour was just enough.

The other favorite was Tsing Tao from China. This was a surprise since most people don’t associate beer with the orient. Tsing Tao also is not heavy and has a crisp taste, not wheat or hoppy tasting.

After enjoying several light beers, Sean opted for a Guinness Draught from Ireland. I have had this before and am not really a fan. Guinness is very dark and heavy with a heavy foam head on it.

Several of the others we tried were Tyskie from Poland, Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Hops & Barley, a Stella Artois from Belgium and Moosehead from Canada.

The last evening Sean treated us to a large souvenir mug with a nice 22 oz pour of Blue Moon Seasonal for him and a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for me. Both were very good and a nice end to a great couple of days.

One thing I really enjoy about beer samplings is the option of a 6, 12 or 22 oz pour. Only the 22 oz comes in a large souvenir mug. The 6 oz pour was enough for each of us to have a nice taste, so you didn’t have to drink a whole 12 oz beer. That can be very filling over the course of the day. We also found one of us ordering a drink and the other a sample plate enabled us to share both with each other.

Italy has an Italian Margherita this year, which was very good. Similar to a Mexican margarita, but with an Amaretto shot poured over the top to give it a kick. Sure glad I had someone to share that with.

I am sorry to say there are only 3 more days left this year for the 17th Annual Food and Wine Festival, but I am looking forward to next year.

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Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.

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