Beer Tours: Beers Around the World (Showcase)
Drinking around the world at Epcot. It’s become almost an attraction in itself over the years, but what if you’re interested in drinking beer around the world instead of all those frou-frou drinks?
The good news is all of the World Showcase pavilions serve beer. However, not all of them are the greatest. This guide endeavors to help you drink the better beers where possible. Unfortunately, there will be some swill to swallow if you truly want to drink beer at each World Showcase location.
You could either start at Mexico or Canada; going counter-clockwise starting with Canada will generally put the better beer at the beginning of your trip (and the later beers less memorable), so the official order will start with Canada. If you’d rather start in Mexico, just follow this guide in reverse.
For bonus points, dine at Le Cellier and have one of the six Unibroue beers served inside! All six are quite good; for a lighter, fruity beer choose Éphémère, and for a darker beer try a Trois Pistoles.
Take in a showing of “O Canada!” featuring Franck Eggelhoffer!
2. United Kingdom
A Bass Ale or Harp Lager at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop might be a nice way to have a drink in the UK pavilion. For the more adventurous, head into the Rose & Crown and order a beer blend! Jenn especially enjoys a Black Velvet made with half Guinness and half Strongbow Cider.
The newly refurbished Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie is our next stop on the tour. Kronenbourg 1664 is the only French beer served in the pavilion; enjoy a pastry along with your beer at the bakery!
Casa is the next beer on the list; visit the Tangerine Café to enjoy this Moroccan favorite. This is another pavilion with only one native beer, so Casa will have to do if you’re sticking to beers from the country. However, Tangerine Café also serves Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat if you’re not as particular about sticking to the pavilion’s native beers.
While you’re in Morocco, enjoy Mo’Rockin!
Japan has a somewhat hidden location with the best beer of the pavilion. In the back of Mitsukoshi is a sake bar known as the Garden House. Here you can find a beer called Ginga Kogen, a Japanese hefeweizen that’s definitely not your usual Sapporo or Kirin Ichiban.
There’s lots to look at (and buy) in Mitsukoshi, or head outside and watch Matsuriza pound on their Taiko drums under the pagoda.
6. The American Adventure
Despite the microbrewing renaissance occuring in the United States right now, The American Adventure doesn’t normally serve many microbrews. Liberty Inn’s menu just changed and picked up Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale and Sweetwater IPA, so pick one up and enjoy the Voices of Liberty.
Italy is possibly the best stop for beer in World Showcase. Tutto Gusto is your best bet for a beer without a full sit-down meal in Italy; head on in and try anything that isn’t a pale American lager or a Birra Moretti for best results. Of special note, in addition to the rotating taps, is the Tutto Gusto Coffee Porter brewed specially for this location only. If Sergio, the Italian mime and juggler, is around be sure to check out his show (you may remember him from my Via Napoli article).
Germany is full of places to get beer, but the same four are served at all of them. Try a Hövels or Schöfferhofer Grapefruit at the Trinken Beer Cart for a good beer in a convenient location, then watch the model trains travel around the tracks as you drink. Also, while you’re in Germany be sure to admire the beer steins! There’s a whole shop dedicated to them and they’re beautiful but a bit expensive.
You didn’t think you were going to get away with not visiting the Outpost, did you? Actually, you’re not missing much if you do. Safari Amber is as close as you’ll get to an African beer here, and by close, I mean not close at all. For a non-AB-InBev beer, choose a Yuengling instead. There’s not much to do at the Outpost, so either relax by the World Showcase lagoon or start taking a look around China, the next pavilion.
By this point you should be fairly well lubricated, which should offset the downfall of the beer quality from this point on. Unless you’re dining at Nine Dragons, you’ll be drinking Tsingtao. If you do dine at Nine Dragons, the only other Chinese choice you’ll have is Tsingtao Pure Draft. It’s probably best just to stick to the regular Tsingtao unless you want sit-down Chinese for dinner.
Admire the Temple of Heaven and watch Reflections of China if you’d like before moving on.
If you’re feeling up to it, hop on Maelstrom before you get your beer here as they don’t allow drinks on the ride.
This has been mentioned many times before, but you can’t actually drink Norwegian beer in the Norway pavilion. The Danish beer Carlsberg is served instead. Belly up to the Norway Beer Stand and have one for Denma… er, Norway!
You’ve made it! Mexico is the final stop on the tour around World Showcase. Cool off in the air-conditioned La Cava del Tequila with one of the Dia de los Muertos beers! Any of these choices should be better than the usual Mexican dreck. Again, no beverages on Gran Fiesta Tour, so do your riding before or after.
Drinking a dozen beers is no easy task; you could even break this up into two days if you prefer. There’s no shame in sharing either; Epcot doesn’t pour tasting portions on a normal basis (but maybe they should). Either way, celebrate with a viewing of Reflections of Earth! Also, this should be apparent but be sure to use Disney transportation back to your resort or designate a driver because 12 beers.