Forget winter…summer is coming and Big River Grille & Brewing Works is welcoming it with a new beer. The Belgian Golden tapping party will take place Thursday, May 30th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Big River Grille will be donating $1.00 from each glass sold to the Tornado Relief Fund. See full details below.
This is it! Our final drink of the 12 Drinks of Christmas. It’s called The Shadow.
We stopped by the relaxing Belle Vue Lounge at the Boardwalk Inn to try our final drink. If you’ve never been to the Belle Vue, they play old radio serials on vintage radio replicas. Back in the 1930′s, a show called The Shadow first aired, and that show is presumably the namesake for this cocktail made with Chambord, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Vanilla Vodka, and cream. This drink used to be found on the lounge’s cocktail menu, but they’ve since switched to the standard lounge menu so if you’d like to give this one a try, you’ll have to ask your bartender if they know how to make it.
This drink was described to us to be like a chocolate covered cherry. I’d say that fits pretty well, and out of all the cocktails we tried over the holidays, this one was my favorite. Though admittedly, as I have mentioned before, I do have a thing for Chambord. That being said, my companion, who is not the Chambord lover that I am, found this drink to be a satisfying treat as well.
That’s it for this year’s round of the 12 Drinks of Christmas. Hope you find something among them that you’d like to try yourself!
Friend of the Drinking Disney blog, Crystal B., sent this pic and description of a new frozen drink being served at Leaping Horse Libations at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. It’s called a Raspberry Sunburst, and it sure looks like it’d be refreshing on a hot Disney day!
Walt Disney World should be rolling out its new cocktail menu any time now, so be on the lookout for more new drinks in the near future.
Today’s Beer of the World is Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. This beer is found at the ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.
The website for the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company plays up an “outdoorsy” theme and includes a history of the Leinkugel family, the brewery, and even Chippewa Falls. If you’re in the neighborhood, you can check out the “Leinie Lodge” to set up a brewery tour. They also have an extensive shop, which once again includes beer lip balm. (No beer brittle this time though.)
Here’s what they have to say about the Berry Weiss:
Brewed with Pale and Wheat malt and an enticing blend of blackberries, elderberries and loganberries that are all indigenous to Wisconsin, Berry Weiss is deliciously different.
This fruit beer has an average ABV of 4.70 %. The folks at Beer Advocate have not given it a try yet but it does have 328 user reviews who have given it an aggregate score of 69, qualifying it for a “Poor” rating. Generally speaking, fruit beers are not my thing, and the poor reviews don’t help the situation any. With so many other beers available at the ESPN Club, I would pass on this one.
Another day, another Big River Grille & Brewing Works tapping party I won’t be in town to attend. But hopefully some of you will. This one is for their Maibock, and the event is on Wednesday, April 4, from 4:30 to 6:30.
Only three reviews of this beer over at Beer Advocate, with mid-range scores. If you have a chance to try out the Maibock, let us know what you think.
Today’s Beer of the World comes from the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. Shiner Bock is served at the ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.
The website for the Spoetzl Brewery has a fun, kind of retro, look to it and includes information on the history of the brewery and their beers, the town of Shiner, events, downloads and a swag shop.
Here’s what they have to say about the Shiner Bock:
Bock reflects the tradition of genuine Bavarian beers as a brew only a craftsman like Kosmos Spoetzl, trained in the “Old Country,” could bring to life. With its deep amber color, distinctive rich flavor and full body, Shiner Bock demonstrates the care of a handcrafted brewing process to bring forth a mellow taste free of the bitter aftertaste found in many micro, specialty and imported beers. Just think of it as Shiner smooth.
This beer has an average ABV of 4.4%. The folks at Beer Advocate didn’t care for it, giving it a score of “63″ and a rating of “poor.” It fares a little better with their readers, who give it an aggregate score of “70″ which qualifies it for an “average” rating. While I have not personally tried this beer, with so many better reviewed beers (and beers I have tried and enjoyed) available at the ESPN Club, I’d pass.
Big River Grille & Brewing works at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort is getting ready for another tapping party, this one for their Irish Red Lager, on Wednesday, March 7th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This beer will be available from March 6 to April 1, 2012.
Only a couple of reviews over at Beer Advocate, which give it an average rating. If you have a chance to try the Irish Red Lager, we’d love to hear what you think!
From their Facebook:
SOLEIL IPA TAPPING PARTY Sat 1/28/2012 12:00 pm-2:00pm
Come in and enjoy $3 pints of our Brewers Select “Soleil IPA”…….
“A copper-colored, American-style India Pale Ale with a pronounced hop aroma due to the time-honored tradition of dry-hopping.” See you there!
Took a quick look at this beer on Beer Advocate, and while there are only three reviews so far, they were all high scoring.
If you have a chance to stop by and try it out, let us know what you think!
Today’s beer, Key West Sunset Ale, is brewed by the Florida Beer Company out of Melbourne, Florida. This beer can be found at Olivia’s at Disney’s Old Key West Resort and the ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.
From the Florida Beer Company website:
Sunset Ale is a medium-bodied Amber Ale with a tropical twist. It is brewed with pale and caramel malts, blended with hops, to create a crisp satisfying taste.
Key West Sunset Ale has an average ABV of 4.8% and received a 66, or “Poor” rating from the folks at Beer Advocate. It fared a little better with their readers who give it a 72, which qualifies it for an “Average” rating. Personally, while it’s not one of my favorite beers, I found it to be an o.k. beer.
For Olivia’s, I think the Key West Sunset Ale is a fair enough choice for what they have on tap. But at ESPN, where you have a few more options, I’d pass on it and go for a better beer.