After several hours of tedious research, the combination of the Florida sun and beer had begun to take its toll. So the research team and I decided to head back to our hotel where we would take in a much needed nap. Feeling refreshed and ready to complete our “Around the World” journey, we returned to Epcot and picked up where we had left off, which was halfway around the “World” in…..well, America.
We entered the American pavilion’s Liberty Inn, where Bud Light and Samuel Adams Boston Lager were both available on draft. While either of those would have been an acceptable choice, I decided to wait on ordering as my gut told me something better lay on the horizon.
My patience soon paid off, as I was astonished to find Sam Adams “Boston Brick Red” on draft at a nearby ice cream cart. The beautiful amber color of this beer was only surpassed by its incredible body of flavor. I later was told that this beer has been limited in distribution to only Boston area bars, which makes finding it in the World Showcase that much more impressive.
Next we journeyed back across the Pacific to the Japanese pavilion. There we found on draft Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light, available at both the Yakitori House counter service, as well as a beverage stand outside the pavilion.
In contrast to the Tsing Tao we found at the Chinese pavilion, Kirin Ichiban features a smooth and crisp flavor, which to many, myself included, would be hard to identify as Asian.
Resisting the intense urge to have dinner at Japan’s Teppan Edo, our research team stayed focused to the cause by moving on to Africa and the Morocco pavilion.
Given I had never heard of a Moroccan beer, it did not surprise me to find Casablanca (Casa) as the only option available, as well as the old standbys of Bud, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra. I found the Casa to be rather dry in flavor, and it was the first time all day I wished I had ordered something different.
Following Morocco, the team and I made the short journey across the Mediterranean to France. Ordering a beer in this pavilion would be a first for me, as I’m usually drawn to the irresistible Grey Goose Slushie.
Sticking to the task at hand, I ordered the Kronenbourg 1664 and found it light and refreshing. Like Morocco, this was the only option for beer, but this is forgivable, as limiting their selection leaves more room for bottles of Grey Goose.
Next we traveled across the English Channel to beer lover’s Utopia, the United Kingdom. We paid a visit to the beer stand outside Rose & Crown, which featured Stella Artois and Bass on draft, as well as Guinness by the can.
I ordered a pint of Bass, which in full disclosure has always been my favorite beer (ale). Its familiar taste always brings a smile to my face, especially when I hear The British Invasion (now known as The English Channel) playing in the background.
In addition to the Rose and Crown beverage stand, there are a few other outlets for beer in the U.K. Those stopping at the Fish and Chips stand for a snack will find pints of Bass and Harp available on draft.
Inside the Rose and Crown bar, one will find a lively atmosphere, and several other excellent brews on draft such as Boddingtons and Guinness. Needless to say, with so many great options for beer, the research team was delayed in the U.K. for quite some time, but I was determined to complete our journey.
Finally, we reached the final destination on our “Beers Around the World” tour, and visited our friendly neighbors to the North: Canada. Outside the Le Cellier Steakhouse we found the pavilion’s beverage stand, where Moosehead, Moosehead Light, and Labatt Blue are carried on draft.
I enjoyed a Moosehead, which features a mild and straightforward taste that I might have appreciated more had it not been preceded by my beloved Bass. For those visiting during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, I find that a Moosehead and the Maple Glazed Salmon make a perfect pairing.
After a full day of painstaking research, I’m confident that my team and I left no tap unpulled in our quest to examine the beers of Epcot’s World Showcase. Whether you visit all 11 countries like us, or just a few here and there, it certainly is hard to beat the combination of Disney, friends, and beer. And so with the journey now complete, I ask….
Do you agree with our assessment? What’s your favorite brew in the World Showcase? Let us know in the comments section below!
D.J. is a lifelong Disney fan from Ocala, Florida. You can follow all of his adventures at The World of Deej.