Craft beer: it’s my Achilles heel if you will. Well, American lager beer to be more precise. Any bar or restaurent serving a cold Bud Light beer will instantly be put on my list of favorites. It’s also one of the big reason I love the Disney parks so much for adults: all the parks (except Magic Kingdom) serve Bud Light as their main beer of choice. This is true within Epcot, especially within the Around the World area.
At the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot, a Craft Beer stand greets you and you enter the Festival area. Even though I have my favorite beer, I’m always game to try other beers and the Food and Wine Festival provides a great opportunity. I’ve walked by the Craft Beer stand a few times now in the past week since the Festival began but finally stopped recently to give one of the beers a try.
Eight craft beers are available for adults to try. All these beers are crafted from around the United States. See the list of beers below, along with the city where they are brewed and how much they cost:
- Widmer Rotator IPA: Spiced IPA, Portland, OR – $3.00 (6 oz.), $5.50 (12 oz.), $12.00 (22 oz. souvenir)
- Red Hook Pilsner, Portsmouth, NH – $3.00 (6 oz.), $5.50 (12 oz.), $12.00 (22 oz. souvenir)
- Blue Moon Seasonal, Golden, CO – $3.00 (6 oz.), $5.50 (12 oz.), $12.00 (22 oz. souvenir)
- Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss, Chippewa Falls, WI – $3.00 (6 oz.), $5.50 (12 oz.), $12.00 (22 oz. souvenir)
- Florida Beer Company’s Devil’s Triangle, Florida – $3.00 (6 oz.), $5.50 (12 oz.), $12.00 (22 oz. souvenir)
- Abita Purple Haze, Abita Springs, LA – $3.00 (6 oz.), $5.50 (12 oz.), $12.00 (22 oz. souvenir)
- Full Sail IPA, Hood River, OR – $3.00 (6 oz.), $5.50 (12 oz.), $12.00 (22 oz. souvenir)
- Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Chico, CA – $3.50 (6 oz.), $6.75 (12 oz.), $12.25 (22 oz. souvenir)
I walked up to the stand not really knowing what I wanted to try first. I quickly noticed the list included Blue Moon from Colorado where I used to live. This is a wheat beer served with an orange wheel and it’s a beer I like from time to time. However, I wanted to give another beer a try and was about to order a Devil’s Triangle since it’s brewed in Florida and we’re now living here. Aunesty suggested I get a flight of four beers to try instead of buying just one. Four beers is better than one beer, right?
I order the Craft Beer Stand’s Flight #1, which consisted of:
- Abita Purple Haze
- Red Hook Pilsner
- Florida Beer Company Devil’s Triangle
- Full Sail IPA
Out of the four beers, the Red Hook Pilsner was the winner. I found this to be easier to drink and more closely resembling an American Lager beer than the other three choices. My initial since beer choice, the Devil’s Triangle, I found to be way too bitter for my tastes. The other two beers I found to be on the bitter side as well.
While I didn’t care for three out of the four beers, I liked the idea of the Craft Beer stand offering sample flights. It’s a great way to experience as much of the beer menu in a single setting instead of going back eight times and getting a different beer every time. From this experience I probably won’t care for the other beers being offered, but I’ll try them anyway.
Someone has to try these beers, right?