Craft Beer is located inside of the Odyssey Building again this year, which doubles as the “Legacy Showplace” with Epcot’s 35th anniversary coming up on October 1st.
Where that arrow is pointing, sort of behind Test Track and on the alternate walkway into World Showcase as you head towards Mexico, is where you’ll find this oasis.
Craft Beer is a great place to stop for a number of reasons. The first is that it’s an expansive area with plentiful air-conditioning. In addition, you’ll find a fun 20ish minute loop that shows pictures of Epcot to original music playing in the background. And there are two displays of art focusing on Epcot’s conceptualization and construction. Also, air-conditioning.
That’s in addition to six draft beers hailing from Florida, Sprite, and a few food choices.
The ordering area.
- Bright Horizons: Sprite with Multi-flavored Boba Pearls — $4.50
- Eastern Florida Beer Flight – $9
- Western Florida Beer Flight – $9
- Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce — $4
- Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich – $5.50
- L’Orange Cotton Candy: A mixture of Lime and Orange Cotton Candy — $4.75
Bright Horizons: Sprite with Multi-flavored Boba Pearls — $4.50
Disney had not yet received what I’m assuming are some precious souvenir cups, so we “literally” spent four dollars and fifty cents on a few ounces of Sprite and some boba in a nondescript light-up cup. Before committing, check to see if what they’re handing out says Epcot on it and decide if you want to carry said plastic up with you for the rest of the day.
From five years ago now, here’s the 30th. It shouldn’t be a bad gig assuming the cups come in, but until then, it depends on how much you like Sprite:
Eastern Florida Beer Flight – $9
With M.I.A. Beer Company 305 Golden Ale, Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale, and Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout
In reverse order with the star of the show, the Triple Chocolate Stout, on the far left. Otherwise, the M.I.A. and Playlinda entries are just fine and this is a fun opportunity to try three local beers. The Blonde Ale was our least favorite – malty and kind of sour.
Western Florida Beer Flight – $9
With JDub’s Passion Wheat, Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale, and Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale
This is another good flight and another nice opportunity to try three good to very good brews. As usual, the Cigar City entry tastes best, but the Jdub’s has a nice fruity character and the Central 28 follows as a decent saison. These are three sweet beers.
Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce — $4
We enjoyed this pretty well – the mustard sauce had a really nice tang to it, in addition to a thick layer of sausage in between the egg and the thin, crispy outside. This “is what it is” so to speak – the dish is executed well, but it’s unlikely to wow.
Rose & Crown charges $11 for this – a single egg with a little more sausage and some pepper. It tastes better, but probably not $7 better.
Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich – $5.50
Nothing gets the fanboys excited quite like a handwich, here with a bread cone stuffed largely with macaroni pasta. I don’t think I would characterize it as “zesty” necessarily, but there is a lot of creamy cheese mixed in along with the shredded cheddar on top. The bread cone itself was a little dry in my estimation, but it’s fun to eat and does a nice job of containing what is a lot of food for the money. I’d pick one up if you’re making a stop.
L’Orange Cotton Candy: A mixture of Lime and Orange Cotton Candy — $4.75
Leave it to easydubz to order cotton candy and then complain that cotton candy was delivered exactly as described.
But I guess I was expecting something more “special” for the Festival. This is otherwise exactly what it says it is – cotton candy with faint flavors of orange and lime. It’s fine, but there are a lot of opportunities to pick up some cotton candy at Disney World.
It depends how much you like cotton candy.
Overall, anyone that enjoys beer ought to make a stop and pick up both flights. The Triple Chocolate Stout is the best choice for the snobs, while those that “don’t like beer” should probably stick to the JDub’s. Add air-conditioning and two very good food items, just about everyone should consider a stop.