Drinking at Disney? Oh yeah! The World Showcase is known for its many delectable cocktails. But what if you’re a beer girl in a cocktail world? Here we tell you where to find the best beers that Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase has to offer.
The TravelingMom Guide To Finding The Best Beer in Epcot
When my suburban mom friends get together for wine, they know that I will roll up with my six pack. After three babies, I’m not talking about my stomach. I’ve tried to like wine, really. I can drink whites and not make that face. Red is out of the question. Cocktails are yummy but I’m easily susceptible and cannot sustain long-term cocktail drinking. You had better have a spare room for me. If we’re hanging out for hours, beer is my friend. I like it and I can handle it.
Because I am a small girl and I cannot #DrinkAllTheBeer without getting permanently banned, I recruited my friend Wendy to join me in evaluating the beer in Epcot World Showcase. It helps that we have different tastes. Wendy will try all the darker beers – the porters, the stouts – that I am just not woman enough to take. I’d also like to add that the taste-testing was done over a three day period, lest you start planning the intervention. I couldn’t handle all this beer and still enjoy all Epcot had to offer in one day.
We start in the most sensible place – an English pub. You can’t look for beer in Epcot World Showcase and skip The Rose and Crown. This pub has an interesting offering of beer combos. Wendy chose the Black & Tan – half Harp and half Guinness. I felt all kinds of important and insider-y by going off-menu. I ordered a Snakebite Black. This is half cider, half Bass plus some black currant juice.
The Black & Tan is a favorite of Wendy’s. The Snakebite Black was new to me. Here’s the potential problem with the Snakebite Black: it didn’t taste terribly like beer, thanks to the cider and black currant juice mixed in. I thought it tasted fantastic, but catch me on a super hot day in Epcot and I could throw several of these back without thinking twice about it.
O Canada! You can’t stop by Canada without sampling a beer. I was born in Buffalo, NY where Labatt’s was a standard. You can find Labatt’s at the Canada pavilion, sure, but I wanted to try something new. Lucky for us, Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival was going on. During the F & G Festival, there are many temporary food and beverage stands offering more than that country’s usual fare. We decided to share a beer flight from Québec.
Left to right is the Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale, the Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison and the Unibroue Éphémère White Ale. Drinking them was a lot easier than typing their names. Why so complicated, Québec? As expected, Wendy’s favorite was the darker Amber Ale. Mine? The White Ale. We met in the middle with the Saison and both deemed it “okay.”
If you’re starting to get hungry during your beer quest, check out these spots for great snacks at Epcot:
France is not known for its beer. While I would have loved a Grey Goose slushie, that was not my mission. I was informed that you can get Kronenbourg 1664, France’s mainstay, at your local beverage warehouse. Something had to be skipped, and based on that information it was France.
I had no idea what to expect from a Moroccan beer. Spicy? Fruity? I ordered a Casa beer from Taste of Marrakesh. Honestly? It was a lager and while good, it was not anything better or worse than I tasted the rest of the week. Maybe next time I’ll seek out something a little more adventurous.
Epcot’s Japan Pavilion has many beers that you can purchase from your local beverage stores. What you can’t get at home, though, is a frozen beer. Okay, this is a bit of a misnomer. You are poured a Kirin from draft, but it’s topped with icy frozen Kirin. This is supposed to seal in the cold. I didn’t try this one, but I wouldn’t be opposed on a hot Epcot day.
America, how we love you. Beer drinkers on a budget should stick close to the good old US of A. That’s where you will find the cheapest beer in Epcot World Showcase, offering you more bang for your beer buck.
However, there is always Block & Hans for the more elite beer tastes. This stand offers craft beers, several of them brewed by Florida breweries. Wendy enjoyed a Fallen Hero IPA during our visit. The beer selection rotates out periodically, so you can usually discover something new on your next visit.
You don’t normally think of beer when you think of Italy. Wendy tried a Moretti La Rossa, a darker beer pictured above on the left. They also had a Moretti Lager. Wendy said the La Rossa was probably her least favorite. She gives a caveat, though. Wendy feels that the beer she got from the cart outside wasn’t as cold as it should have been. She’s gotten it from inside the restaurant Via Napoli and previously enjoyed it.
The Mother Ship. Did you know that you can go into the Weinkeller store in Germany and sample beer and wine? I didn’t. Actually, I didn’t find that out until I got back home. There is one beer in the Germany pavilion that people rave about – the Schöfferhoffer Grapefruit beer. I have friends who don’t consider a trip to Epcot World Showcase complete unless they have one of these. My problem, though, is that I don’t like grapefruit. I decided to pass on this one.
What we did have, though was the Altenmünster Oktoberfest beer. This was one of my favorites. It’s light, refreshing and goes down so, so easy. You can get this one from the cart in front of the pavilion. Wendy wandered back to Sommerfest and returned with a Warsteiner Dunkel. As per her taste, this is a dark beer and she believes it was her favorite of the weekend. Two cheers for Germany!
Here is where things got very interesting. I don’t know if this is cheating, but I didn’t order a straight up beer. I ordered a Dragon Pearl – a mix of beer, honey, cream and tapioca pearls. It had potential to be… disgusting. But it was Dapper Day in Epcot and I was feeling fancy. I was pleasantly surprised!
Something about all the ingredients mixed well; the beer cut some of the sweetness of the honey and cream. The tapioca pearls? Those were not my favorite. I have tried Bubble Tea before and every time I suck up one of those pearls in my straw, it freaks me out a little. Not what I usually expect from beer. However, I enjoyed the unique taste and would order this again.
I’ll be honest. We skipped Norway. There is only so much a girl can take and Carlsberg beer was nothing new to me. There were other beers, sure, but we chose to give Norway a pass this time. We’ll have to hit them up on the next go-round.
I cheated. It was just once but it meant everything. Mexico’s beers are ones that you can find at your local grocery store – Modelo, Tecate, Dos Equis. I needed something more meaningful. I can’t be in Mexico without visiting La Cava del Tequila. And if you order a beer at La Cava, you are missing the whole point of being there. The avocado margarita is a personal favorite of mine.
Go Forth and Sample the Best Beers in Epcot World Showcase
All in all, this was a fun experiment and not just for the obvious reason. This quest made me really stop and look at the options offered in each country instead of just ordering my time-tested favorites. It was also fun to take on this project with a friend.
Make your own quest the next time you visit Epcot’s World Showcase! You don’t have to sample the beer in Epcot like I did. There are so many flavors and options. Cocktails. Sodas. Candy. Dessert. Appetizers. Make a checklist and write down your thoughts on each item you sample for a fun souvenir. You’ll look at Epcot’s World Showcase with fresh eyes and taste buds.