The Beer of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2012
The menus are out and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Beer List is updated (along with a brand new app). Let’s chat about what’s on the list. Last year I wrote a huge article detailing every beer at every location. This year I’m going to cut it down a bit and talk about the changes; a lot of the beers, especially at booths like Mexico and China, have the same exact boring selection.
The majority of Brewer’s Collection is the same as last year and half of the beers come from Biergarten and the other Germany locations serving beer. The BraufactuM beers are gone this year and in their place are Berliner Kindl Dark and Schöfferhofer Grapefruit. I’m having trouble matching Disney’s “Berliner Kindl Dark” to an actual beer brewed by Berliner Kindl. Perhaps they mean the Berliner Kindl Bock Dunkel? Schöfferhofer Grapefruit is a hefeweizen that Jenn has already expressed interest in trying.
Hops and Barley is still the home of Samuel Adams, but Angry Orchard is also making an appearance this year. Blackberry Witbier was removed in order to make room for the hard cider. The Festival Beer this year is Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, replacing last year’s Boston Ale. Samuel Adams Octoberfest isn’t specifically listed this year; the ever so vague Samuel Adams Seasonal is listed instead. However, Octoberfest is the fall seasonal and should be there.
Right near Hops and Barley is the new Florida Local booth. Florida Beer Company will have a presence here with its Florida Lager and Key West Southernmost Wheat. Both are new to the festival, however Key West Southernmost Wheat can be found at Cabana Bar and Beach Club at the Dolphin.
Canada is not listing any Unibroue beers at their booth; however, last year Disney brought three out of Le Cellier to serve during the festival. They may show up at random, so keep an eye out.
Last but certainly not least, the Craft Beer Collection has a few changes to its selection. Instead of Blue Moon, a Blue Moon Seasonal will be available. Florida Beer Company makes another appearance here with Devil’s Triangle, an IPA that seems to be brand new! Widmer is sending over one of their Rotator IPAs, a Spiced IPA, instead of their Hefeweizen. Craft Beer Collection will have three IPAs this year (Full Sail IPA is the third), as opposed to only one last year. Along with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the booth has a much hoppier selection.
Assuming it will be similar to last year, tasting pours will cost $2.75 – $3.25 and full size cups will cost $5.00 – $7.00 or so. A beer flight may also be available with three tasting pours for $8.00.