Forget the Sushi! Let’s Dine on Pizza and Beer!

You’ll have to forgive me, folks.  I need to pass along one more little Splitsville “blast”.  This time, let’s dine on pizza and beer!

Actually, I might have been able to entitle this post as another in, what is becoming, a long list of Disney “before and after” reports.

How so?  Well, check this out … Splitsville used to serve their beer in an ice cold, frozen chalice.  Deliciously refreshing!

Now, however?  Well, they’ve taken a big step back in my mind.  Instead of setting themselves apart by serving that impressively unique chalice, they’ve switched to …

A much more mundane presentation, the beer is still cold and enjoyable, but I have to admit … a little bit of Splitsville’s “magic” has disappeared.  Too bad.

When it comes to foods, two of my personal favorites are, you guessed it, sushi and pizza!  Hey!  Why do you think I’ve devoted the last three days to both delights?!

Check out yesterday’s post – Dining Recon: Splitsville Luxury Lanes! Better Sushi Than California Grill?!

Anyway, for $17, this Meat Lovers is a very shareable meal.  Plus, loaded with smoked sausage, pepperoni, bacon, and Italian meatballs, it’s a delicious pie!

Wow!  Great pizza.  Ice cold beer.  How can you ever lose with that combination?

If you, too, want to enjoy great food, give Splitsville a shot.  Hey!  They’re not your everyday ordinary bowling alley, you know!

The Best Thing About World Showcase is … Beer?! [Poll]

By John Peters

Hey, folks!  You bet beer is!  Seriously, our podcast crew had a great time sitting around the Main Street Pub and ranking World Showcase’s pavilions!

If you missed it, catch that show at:  Episode #371 – Ranking World Showcase’s Pavilions!

Then, we had an even better time watching you vote to determine which were your favorite spots!

Catch the re-cap of that poll at:  World Showcase Pavilions … What DO We do with the “Bottom of the Barrel”?

Today, however, I’d like to look at one of the MANY reasons I love World Showcase so much … BEER!

Catch Episode #373 – Drinking Around World Showcase!

Oh, there is no doubt in my mind that the best place to find quality beer at Walt Disney World is in Epcot’s World Showcase.  With that in mind, in order from last to first, let’s tour through my “Hit List”.

11. Tsingtao – China – Very light.  Not too flavorful.

10. Kronenbourg 1664 – France – Well, the French DO make great wine.

9. Casa Beer – Morocco – Another extremely light beer.  Not bad on a hot day!

8. Modelo Especial – Mexico – This beer, I enjoy.  Again, it is another solid, refreshing choice on a hot afternoon.

7. Birra Moretti La Rossa – Italy – France could learn something from Italy!  The Italians are known more for their wine than their beer, but this is a great beer!  A Doppelbock, it has a slight sweet taste with some nice caramel notes.  Very nice!

6. Einstök – Norway – Actually, this beer is from Iceland.  Getting past that, it’s another great choice!  Nice and light, with a somewhat complex flavor profile, and some nice citrus notes, it is a fantastic brew!

5. Frozen Kirin – Japan – Take a look back … I’ve written about this one before.  Yep!  Take away my “Beer Geek” card, folks!  By itself, Kirin is not all that good of a beer.  Put a slushy top on it?  I’m sold!  Coldest beer in Epcot!

Love that slushy topping!

4. Golden Monkey – American Adventure – Lots of complex flavors in this one.  I’ve tasted bananas, bubblegum, and cotton candy flavors.  It’s pretty sweet and that hides the high alcoholic content.  At 9.5% ABV, this is a great beer that you might be best limiting to one!

3. Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Grapefruit – Germany – Some of you will disagree with me on this choice.  Grapefruit is blended with a Hefeweizen beer to deliver this refreshment.  Honestly, most people either love this or hate it.  Personally, I love it!  You had best like grapefruit juice, fans!

Does “grapefruit beer” complement great German food? You bet, it does!

2. Innis & Gunn – United Kingdom – An absolute delight, friends!  This beer is fantastic!  After brewing, it’s cured in empty whisky barrels.  That gives it its unique taste.

1. La Fin Du Monde – Canada – To those who know me, there’s no surprise here!  This is my absolute favorite beer in all of Walt Disney World!  La Fin is an extremely well-balanced Tripel.  It boasts a nice, subtle fruity taste and delivers a unique yeasty finish.  This one is another “hidden punch” beer, though.  Complex flavors hide its high ABV (9%).  Just be careful, folks!

Well, there!  You have my list of beers from around the showcase.  Have you tried them?  Do you agree with my thoughts?  I’d love to hear your comments – either, here, on this post or on social media!

Oh, by the way, please respond to the poll below.  Which three (3) of these would you choose?  VOTE, everyone!  The more the merrier!  Thanks for reading, and … cheers!

Head Over to Animal Kingdom’s Dawa Bar! It Features Beersolo’s WDW Beer of the Month!

Presented by John Peters (a.k.a. @beersolo on Twitter).

One of my favorite spots in Animal Kingdom is the Dawa Bar.  Go figure!  It’s a great place to grab a cold beer and enjoy the sights and sounds of Africa!

Dawa has a nice selection of brews … including both American as well as African beers.  On a recent trip, I was aiming to grab my regular – an Ethiopian light lager called St. George Lager.

Unfortunately, that particular brew was sold out.  What did I do?  I “settled” for Victory Brewing Company’s Golden Monkey.  Sometimes you find the best things by accident!

Brewed in Pennsylvania, at 9.5% alcohol, it packs quite a punch!  At Dawa, the beer is poured from a bottle – it’s not on draft.

The taste?  It’s a Belgian-style Trippel Ale and starts out with a slight banana aroma.

You can also taste nutmeg, clove, and some other fruit flavors as you enjoy the beer. All in all, Golden Monkey is a very, very good beer, everyone!

Next time you’re at Animal Kingdom, stop at Dawa Bar.  If they don’t have your favorite refreshment, don’t despair!  You can find this great beer!

Beersolo’s Featured WDW Beer of the Month!

Presented by John Peters (a.k.a. @beersolo on Twitter).

One of my favorite things about Epcot, and actually all of Walt Disney World, is its great variety of food and drink.  As Beersolo, I, of course, prefer … beer!

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To that topic, we are going to start a series on some of my favorites!  The first beer we’re going to look at is the WDW Main Street Podcast’s “official” brew – La Fin du Monde.

This beer is available several places in Walt Disney World.  These include …

  • Popcorn in Canada (a.k.a. the Canadian beer cart)
  • Le Cellier
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
  • Citricos
  • The Top of the World Lounge

My favorite spot?  The Canadian beer cart!

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Made by Quebec’s Unibroue, La Fin is a strong beer (9% abv), so be forewarned.  A triple-style golden ale, the beer is pretty yeast forward and has a slight floral aftertaste.

It’s one of my absolute favorites.  Try it!  Cheers!

The U.K. Makes “Designer” Beers?! You Bet!

Well, specifically, of course, for the purposes of this post, I’m referring to Epcot’s United Kingdom pavilion.  They’re the ones serving the “exotic” and “designer” beers, in this case.

Naturally, though, I’m not, myself, all that well-versed in the history of “mixed beer concoctions”.  Maybe one of our friends from the United Kingdom can leave a comment and educate us on the creation of these pub favorites?

Rose & Crown

For those of you who accepted yesterday’s “challenge”, a Golden is a blend of Half Stella Artois and Half Bass Ale.

We stumbled upon it a few months back when we met a couple of friends for a quick lunch at Rose & Crown.  It was quite good.

The mildness of the Stella cuts the harshness of the Bass just enough to make the beer a very pleasant refreshment.  It has become one of our favorites, and we’ve tried to recreate it in Atlanta on a number of occasions.

As for the other choices in yesterday’s quiz?  Oh, they’re real creations, as well.

To complete the “menu” of choices, please consider a Golden Fox.  It is a combo of Half Boddingtons Pub Ale and Half Bass Ale.

On the other hand, mix a Half Boddingtons Pub Ale and Half Guinness and you’ll obtain a Bumblebee!

Then, again, the odd one for us is the Cider topped with Harp Lager.  Called a Snake Bite, we’re going to stay far away!

What other “beer blends” do you know about, my friends?  Leave a comment and let us know!  We’ll add them to the menu!