2014 Food & Wine: Craft Beers

Craft Beer has come a long way since its introduction in 2011. What was once a kiosk that drew long lines at the entry to World Showcase, it now draws long lines in the air conditioned comfort of the Odyssey.

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It’s also grown its menu, too, incorporating snacks into the mix. Beer prices are $4.50 as opposed to the $3.50 you’ll find elsewhere for a six ounce pour, also making the beer flights a bit more expensive as well. However, each beer is served with their spicy Craft Beer Snack Mix.

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While there aren’t a ton of tables set up, off to the sides of the main space you can find booth seating (sans a table in front of you) and some additional high tops. Hey, at least it’s air conditioned, so you can’t complain too much! 😉

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On our first visit, Matt ordered the Spicy Pimento Cheese Dip. It’s something we had never had before, and we LOVED it. This is what I’d had first before ordering the Florida Grass-fed Beef Slider, which left me with a feeling of disappointment. The dip comes served with Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers, which were a decent, relatively bland, option that allowed the dip to shine. You’ll definitely want a knife for spreading, because this dip cracked more than a couple crackers. The dip had a bit of a kick, but it wasn’t too intense. We’ll be stopping by for this again, I’m sure.

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For his beer, Matt ordered the Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale. I didn’t order one, but I had a few sips and really liked it. I’m a fan of Pale Ales and IPAs and such, and this is one I’d definitely buy at the store to enjoy at home.

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In fact, I went back at a later date to order it again. You can see the pour size is relatively consistent.

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The Craft Beer Snack Mix is pretty good, and portion sizes here will vary. The cups were a bit more full (around 3/4 cup) on preview day when we first had of the mix, but maybe a third full on my return trip. Still, this is perfectly fine for a light snack with your beer, and it’s not something you want to fill up on with all the kiosks in World Showcase just steps away! The mix is a rather generic spicy trail mix, but with Craisins added for a touch of sweetness. You’ll find corn sticks, toffee peanuts, wasabi peas, and rice crackers. Regardless, it’s definitely a nice touch.

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We’ll keep you posted on updated reviews from Craft Beer as the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues. What have you tried from the kiosk, and what did you think? What are you looking forward to trying?

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2 responses to “2014 Food & Wine: Craft Beers

  1. I hope they keep the craft beer the way it is for next year. I never get to stop since I can’t drink and my friends don’t like beer in general. I’ll have to convince someone to buy one so I can get the beer nut mix to try. 🙂 And I’m curious about pimento cheese. I’ve never had it before since the way it looks it always reminds me of those overly processed and overly salty cheese balls that we’d sell for fundraisers in elementary/middle school. LOL.

  2. I hope they keep it this way too. We had never had pimento cheese before ourselves, and after enjoying this, I picked up some prepackaged stuff from Publix. It was disgusting! I ended up throwing it out. I’ll figure out my own recipe in the future! 😊