Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminar Review: Fall Flavors From Shipyard Brewing

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner, and we know that you’re just as excited about that as we are!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

This year, the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The event runs for 75 straight days — from August 31 until November 13.

But it will also boast more booths than ever before. Get ready to sample your way around 35 different marketplace booths, which mark 35 great years since Epcot first opened. See the full list of booths and MENUS here!

One of our favorite ways to look forward to the festival is actually to take a look back at the events from last year, and some of the best events are the low cost culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars. Join us as we head into Festival Center and take in a Beverage Seminar, featuring Shipyard Brewing!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminar Featuring Shipyard Brewing

Beverage Seminars took place daily at Festival Center. We arrived for our seminar in plenty of time to be seated. It’s important to note you don’t want to show up at the last minute for your seminar; if you do, you may lose your seat, since the Information Desk will actually sell empty seats to guests looking for last minute tickets. Arrive 15-30 minutes early, just to be safe.

The Vineyard Stage -- Beverage Seminar

The Vineyard Stage — Beverage Seminar

Beverage Seminars are just that — seminars about beverages. Ha! But seriously, they run the gamut. You can learn about a myriad of wine, spirits, and beer. Presenters are normally representatives of distributing companies, or often experts from the distilleries or wineries themselves.

Representative Sharing Information About Shipyard Beer

Representative Sharing Information About Shipyard Beer

We were attending our seminar in the fall, and Shipyard brought not one, but THREE fun beer options that were perfect for the season.

Shipyard Beer Selections for the Seminar

Shipyard Beer Selections for the Seminar

They included, from left to right, Blood Orange, Little Horror of Hops, and one of Shipyard’s most popular beers, Pumpkinhead.

My place setting included small pours of each beer (around four ounces), plus a water cup.

Place Setting for Beer Demonstration

Place Setting for Beer Demonstration

Each place setting also included a form for taking notes about the various beers.

Page for Taking Notes

Page for Taking Notes

We began with the Blood Orange, a fruit beer brewed in the Belgian style with flavors of orange peel and coriander. I couldn’t really tell much about the pour and the head, since the beer is pre-poured, but overall, I found it to be a decent, refreshing, light-style beer. It’s a good choice for consuming in the Florida heat (which, unfortunately, extended well into October last year.)

Shipyard Beer

Shipyard Blood Orange Beer

The next sample in our flight was Little Horror of Hops. Cute, eh? This is an IPA style, so we expected it to be hoppy with that characteristic citrusy-grapefruit flavor that you usually get with an IPA. What we didn’t expect was the super cool peppery flavors as well.

Shipyard Beer

Shipyard Beer — Little Horror of Hops

Finally, we tried the Pumpkinhead. If you’ve been in a store — any store — from August on, then you’ve probably seen a display of this one. People are crazy for pumpkin beer, and this is a decent representation of the genre’s fresh flavor. It’s a wheat ale with just a touch of spice.

Shipyard Beer

Shipyard Beer — Pumpkinhead

My beverage seminar certainly inspired me to get out and try all of the season’s freshest flavors! It’s always exciting to discover a few new favorites. :-)

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available!

This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.


Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Order your 2017 edition today! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% discount!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!


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How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting July 20 at 7:00AM ET. Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents are eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. Members of these groups can also book all Special Events early on July 18th beginning at 9:00AM ET. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders will not have early access to booking.

Who’s ready for a beer or three now? Leave a comment and let us know if you’re looking forward to attending a beverage seminar at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year!

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