I know, it’s obvious that you will not go without beer, even in Disney, but it’s really nice to know you can get … good beer at Disney. Not just the regular bottles and cans found at any local gas station. Rather, good, craft beer. On a recent trip to Orlando, I made it my mission to find spots for good beer in Disneyworld.
My first stop was at the Disney Boardwalk. It takes a little bit to get over to here, especially if you are using Disney transportation. We were staying at the All-Star Resorts so we had to take the bus to Hollywood Studios and then switch over to the Boardwalk bus. It took about an hour to finally get to the Boardwalk.
If you haven’t been to the Boardwalk, it is a resort and a destination in Disneyworld. The destination part of this adventure is the actual Boardwalk. It is made to look like Atlantic City a century ago. During the day, well, it’s pretty slow. Most of the shops and kiosks on the Boardwalk are closed. But the brewery is open.
Big River Grille & Brewing Works offers six craft beers made on site. You can see the equipment when you walk into the brewery. The place is set up more like a restaurant, as the brewing equipment is behind large glass windows. The restaurant serves traditional American cuisine. But, I was there for the beer and not the food.
You can choose from a pint or a flight. I went for the flight. Might as well try all six of the beers, right? The offer:
- Southern Flyer – a light lager
- Belgian Witbier – a white ale
- Monk Norris – Belgian Quad
- Midland English Brown Ale
- Space Coyote American Red Ale
- Citra Grove Double IPA
- Carousel of Hops an American IPA
My favorite was the Monk Norris and even though I am not a huge IPA fan, I did enjoy the Carousel of Hops. This stop was well worth the bus rides to discover.
This seems pretty obvious, but not all places offer great beer. They offer the traditional fare (think Bud Light), but some offer Florida craft beer. Some of my favorite stops here include:
- Raglan Road- offers traditional Irish selections as well as local Florida brews
- Wine Bar George
- MacGuffins at AMC Theater
- Jock Linday’s Hanger Bar
It’s a fact, you can drink around the world at Epcot. Trust me I have seen many people try. But, if you want to take a different approach, then visit Epcot as a place to explore great food and … great beer. I happen to love the food a Nine Dragons in China. It ruins me for any locally prepared Chinese food once I get home. But, prior to China, there are several stops you can make for beer. Check out Canada first. Instead of heading directly into the country, stop by the outdoor vending kiosks. They offer great selections of beer. I have to say, Canada is one of my favorite stops. Some other favorite stops include England and Germany.
Epcot offers so many choices most of the year, but if you are lucky enough to be at Epcot during the Food and Wine festival, then plan to be there several days.
I have no intentions of ever, and I mean ever, riding Everest, but I do enjoy watching the ride. Just prior to Everest is a bar that offers interesting craft beers. So, I always stop, while in Asia, and grab a cold draft. Then I head over and watch those riding Everest. Not sure why, but it just makes sense as something to do while here.
Pandora is now open and they offer beer as well. Worth the walk over to see this new section of the park and try the beer… Pandora themed of course! There are other places throughout the park that offer beer, but my favorite is the stop before Everest.
The first place at Magic Kingdom that offered beer was Be Our Guest. Now, you have four more options. The others are:
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
- Liberty Tree Tavern
- Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd Skipper Canteen
- Cinderella’s Royal Table
Throughout Disneyworld, most of the resorts offer beer. I have had a nice draft at the Old Key West resort as well as the Grand Floridian. But, if you are driving into the resort, there is another option available. Stop by a local grocery or liquor store on your way in and bring your favorite beer with you. With a refrigerator in most rooms, you can enjoy your favorite beer even while at Disney.