American Craft Beers Week – Celebrate at Walt Disney World!

It’s American Craft Beer Week so we thought we’d take a  look at what Walt Disney World has to offer the craft beer lover.  While much of the property is covered in Bud Light and Yuengling, there are still some great American craft beers available to celebrate with.   Let’s take a look a look at a few of the places you can find them.

Located within what’s left of the Pleasure Island section of Downtown Disney, you’ll find Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, a great spot craft beer fans.  No reservations are needed need to sit at one of the inside bars and have a beer or two while enjoying entertainment provided by Irish dancers and musicians.  While their menu includes the expected Irish and English beers, it also includes the following American craft beers:  Abita Purple Haze / Terrapin Hopsecutioner / Bell’s Two Hearted IPA /  Stone Levitation / Rogue Dead Guy Ale / Arrogant Bastard Ale / Maduro Brown Ale / Jai Alai India Pale Ale.

Watching sports and drinking beer go together, like, well, they just go together.  Thankfully, the ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort does not disappoint in its craft beer selection.  While the entire menu is too voluminous for us to list everything offered here, some of the highlights include:  Magic Hat Circus Boy / Magic Hat No. 9 / Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale / Terrapin Rye Pale Ale / Terrapin Hopsecutioner / Brooklyn Pennant Ale / Orlando Brewing Company Blonde Ale.

The Crew’s Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort isn’t the “craftiest” of beer spots, but it does offer a few favorites scattered within its ample beer menu,  like Abita Turbo Dog, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, and Anchor Steam.    This is also a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the parks and enjoy a beer in an environment a little more peaceful than what you’ll most likely find at the ESPN Club.

A great choice for those who are Abita beer fans is the River Roost, which serves up Abita Amber, Abita Purple Haze, and Abita Turbodog.  If you can’t decide on one, get all three in an Abita tasting flight.  Note that this place is pretty peaceful during the day but several nights a week it gets hopping with the music of Yehaa Bob Jackson, so time your visit accordingly based on preference.

Finally, if  you’re looking to have some craft beers poolside, the Cabana Bar and Beach Club over at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort is a great choice.  The folks at Beers and Ears recently posted an updated list of their offerings which include some rarer finds  such as Swamp Head Big Nose IPA, Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yellow Pils,  and Left Hand Polstar.  You can find the full list on Beers and Ears here.  (And if you haven’t downloaded their free Walt Disney World Beer List app for iPhone yet, you really should!)

As you can see, fortunately, Walt Disney World is not without its craft beers and those are just a few of the places you’ll find them.  Cheers!

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