If you’ve been to Walt Disney World as an adult, you’ll remember how overwhelming it probably seemed the first time you went. It’s one thing to go when you’re a kid, tagging along with whatever the adults in your party have planned. It’s an entirely different matter to be the adult, trying to navigate the parks when you can’t quite figure out just what is out there. From experience, I can tell you that on subsequent trips, things get better. And the exact same thing can be said for the beer experience at Disney.
My first trip to Disney as a beer drinking adult was great, except for the beer part. If you like Bud Light Lime, you’re in luck. If you like good craft beer, not so much. Or at least that’s what I thought. Now that I’ve been around the block a few times, I’ve discovered that yes, Disney does hit you with a selection of grocery-store light beers, but its selection is improving. And if you’re looking for a nice selection of craft beer, you’re not out of luck.
For starters, here is the beer menu at several restaurants at the parks and hotels at Disney World:
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA, Abita Turbodog and Sam Adams Boston Lager represent the craft segment quite nicely. Most lunch/dinner spots will also offer whatever the current Sam Adams seasonal is, as well. That’s not your best bet for craft at Disney World, though.
At Downtown Disney, there’s an Irish pub called Raglan Road that will satisfy your fix. Here’s a look at the beer page in the drink menu:
I had the Stone Levitation, the Avery White Rascal, a few sips of the local Orange Blossom Pilsner that Mrs. Beagle was trying, and the Terrapin Hopsecutioner. The way I look at, if you’ve got a chance to drink a beer called Hopsecutioner, you probably should do that, right?
Here are a couple more pics for your viewing pleasure:
So, the lesson for today: If you’re going to Disney World, make sure you hit Downtown Disney and the Raglan Road pub.
Beer news and links:
-Just a reminder that the Marshall Brewing Arrowhead Pale Ale release party is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Leon’s Broken Arrow, 3302 W Kenosha, and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Leon’s on the Restless Ribbon, 3301 S Peoria in Tulsa. Also, rumor has it Arrowhead should be available in Oklahoma City by the end of the week.
-Mustang Brewing has scheduled its second anniversary party at 9 p.m. July 16 at the Wormy Dog Saloon in Bricktown. This is a ticketed event, with a 900-person max on the venue, so tickets may sell out fast. Check Mustang’s Facebook page or go to www.wormydog.com for more details.
-McNellie’s OKC has scheduled an AmeriCAN beer dinner for July 12. Email email@example.com to sign up.
-Part three of a three-part blog by All About Beer on nip bottles.