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Let's keep the Hubby happy at Disney! Where is the Craft Beer?!

Discussion in 'WDW Restaurants and Dining' started by Zipitidoda, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. MickeyfromSTL

    MickeyfromSTL New Member

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    It has been said on here many times, but Big River Grille down on the boardwalk has good beers. I think the food is a bit better than people are giving it credit for. It is certainly not a show stopper and I don’t know anyone who says it is their favorite place to eat, but it is better than average “sports bar food.” If you sit on the bar side it is also a good spot to catch a portion of a game on TV if you want to get away from Disney for a while or if you have a particular interest in a game.

    If you are going during the food and wine festival there are countless microbrew options around the back of epcot (Germany has a great portable booth set up with some extra standing bar tables). One place often overlooked for beer at the festival is in the old “Odyssey” restaurant on the way back to world showcase. It has been closed as a restaurant for years, but during the festival they have set up a bunch of tall bar tables as an informal lounge. They have 4-6 microbrews that are good in there too.

    Not sure what kind of beers you like, but away from the food and wine festival the cart in Canada often has La Fin Du Monde which is good.

    My favorite place to grab a pint is at the Rose N Crown in Epcot. Fairly standard European beer selection, but fun atmosphere.
     
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  2. Jess G

    Jess G Well-Known Member

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    Dont take my word for it but I'm pretty sure when you download the uber app your first ride is free or discounted
     
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  4. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Awesome!! There are a few places that will be easy taking Disney transportation but when I want to go to Boardwalk... Ugh. I don't think there's an easy way there so an Uber will definitely be a better option.
     
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  5. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Uh oh - then my liking of Beverly puts me in a bad situation.


    I don't know if I have a least favorite style. I do like IPAs - normal IPAs, not the face puckering IPAs some companies are now making. Back when I was doing a lot more homebrewing than I am now, I was pretty good at identifying different hop varietals. Not so much anymore.

    -dave
     
  7. Phonedave

    Phonedave Well-Known Member

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    We (my wife and I) go just for food and wine - about every other year. To me, clearly, it is worth it. We go to a lot of the seminars, food and beverage pairings, and things like that. It does get quite pricey, but it is something that we both enjoy.

    -dave
     
  8. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I've just told him about it and it is now being heavily considered. If we do go I'll have to drop a signature dinner.:(
     
  9. GeoDonJac34

    GeoDonJac34 Well-Known Member

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    If you want beers for your room, you can have Garden Grocer deliver them. They have several local beers in stock. I believe they have a forty dollar minimum and a delivery fee, so if you are just getting beer it may not be worth it.
     
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    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I was planning on ordering some items from Garden Grocer but I have looked into too much yet. I didn't realize they had a minimum.
     
  11. Mark P.

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    Aside from the festivals already mentioned...

    On the Boardwalk area, I'm partial to ESPN over Big River - the food is forgettable in both counts, but ESPN, in my experience, has a broader range of styles including several local/regional brews.

    In Animal Kingdom, Dawa Bar usually has a few African bottles that I haven't seen anywhere else in the States.

    And the lounge at The Wave... usually has a selection of local organic beers on tap.
     
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  12. Mark P.

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    What's the craft beer situation at Geyser Springs? I saw something about PNW locals but haven't seen reports on any specific offerings.
     
  13. Phonedave

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    For me (and for my money) I would much rather attend a food and wine pairing event at F&W than go to a signature restaruant at WDW. I don't find the food at WDW singature restaruants that great anymore, and when you factor in the skyrocketing prices, most Signatures, again to me, are not worth it. We could get into how I believe that the DDP has limited the menu choices, handcuffed the chefs, and created an artifical pricing system, but that is a thread that has been beat to death allready.

    My point here is that the events at food and wine have no such limitations, because they are not DDP events. It is usually a chef and a wine (or in some cases tequila) expert who enjoy showing off regional menu items paired with wines (or tequila). They set the price accordingly. Some I have enjoyed more than others, but I have never walked out of one feeling totaly disappointed, and taken to the cleaners as far as price is concerned - that has happened at various Signature places.
     
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  14. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks for the input. We had decided against F&W but I'll definitely run this by him and talk a little more. We eventually want to give it a try but didn't want to spend the day waiting in lines. Seems stupid to say now that I'm typing it but I heard weekends are horrible and our only options of going would be Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
     
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    xdan0920 Think for yourselfer Premium Member

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    Friday morning/early afternoon would be ok. Unless you have an AP, I wouldn't bother though. WDW is packed with fun places to eat/drink.
     
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    I would consider attending the Food & Wine Festival on Friday right when it starts at 11am.

    Also, over at Trader Sam's at the Polynesian, they have a Kona Beer Flight. If the wait for inside is too long, you can sit on the patio.
     
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  17. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I think we've decided against F&W but thanks for the info on Trader Sam's. I was a little concerned about waiting for a seat since I heard it's fairly small and there could be a long wait. I hadn't heard that there was a patio until now. I'm sure it's great inside but I'd be ok sitting on the patio too.
     
  18. sconti

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    In some ways, even though inside is awesome, we prefer sitting outside on the patio, especially if it's a beautiful night and you time it right with the live ukulele player.
     
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    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Now that would be cool. I would really enjoy that.
     
  20. pax_65

    pax_65 Well-Known Member

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    I really enjoy Food and Wine BUT... as a big craft beer fan I often go to craft beer festivals that are usually about $50 for entry which INCLUDES all the samples you can drink. And they have far more variety and selection than F&W. A one-day ticket to Epcot will cost you $105.44 each and that doesn't include any food or beer. (The food, wine and beer are Disney priced - much higher than you'd pay at your neighborhood bar.)

    If you plan your trip around F&W that's one thing but I just don't think you can justify that cost just to drink some craft beer. Just my opinion.
     
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