I have visited Disney’s EPCOT park hundreds of times either while on Vacation, or now as a local to experience one of their numerous festivals throughout the year. But one thing I have never done is try to Drink Around the World. This is an unofficial task that guests have been enjoying for years. Basically you head to the World Showcase, start at one of the country pavilions, grab a “local” adult beverage and continue your walking all around the showcase lagoon until you have visited all 11 countries.
So I will confess that I did complete this adventure, but to try and keep things safe and not make a complete idiot of myself I did this over a few different visits. This is probably against the unofficial rules of Drinking Around the World, but hey I’m the one doing it so I an adjust the rules as I see fit.
To help me track my progress I found this cute little lanyard on Etsy that I could wright down each of my selections for the different pavilions. Now I will save you from having to read my entire review of all the beers I tried on this journey (if you do want that check out our YouTube video linked at the bottom of this post). Instead I thought I would just show off a few that I really enjoyed and have actually been able to find outside the parks at my local stores.
First up was a beer I found at a snack cart just in-between the Mexico and Norway pavilions, outside the Frozen Summerhaus meet and greet area if you are familiar with that. This was the Einstok White Ale a witbier that uses pure Icelandic glacier water. It had a slightly yeasty taste with some orange flavors, very similar in my mind to a Blue Moon. It certainly hit the spot on this hot Florida afternoon, and I really enjoyed this one.
This next one is in the Germany pavilion and is an absolutely fan favorite. I have had this on numerous occasions in the past, and have even got some of my non-beer drinking family members hooked on this one. It’s the Schofferhofer Pink Grapefruit beer a hefeweizen that is very light, citrusy, fruity and sweet at all the same time. My local grocery store has this available so my home fridge is usually fully stocked.
Many of the other pavilions had some nice options, and I enjoyed most of them. There were a couple that were not really my taste preference, but I was able to end strong at the Canada Pavilion with this one that was available at the Festival booth. Glutenberg Blonde Ale that is brewed in Montreal Quebec and has a slightly dry taste but a nice citrusy flavor as well. I loved this one and wished I had splurged on the larger size cup, instead of the smaller 6 oz festival tasting size.
I had a really fun time Drinking “Safely” Around the World in Epcot. It’s a fun way to try some things that you wouldn’t normally try which is one of my favorite things to do at their food festivals. Now I will admit this entire challenge was really just a ply for me to show off this beautiful privately designed pressed penny from our friend, fellow collector and designer Bob Frazier. He created this to honor Benjamin Franklin’s 315th birthday that took place earlier this year. He was an American writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, political philosopher, and was one of the founding fathers of the United States, drafter and signer oft he Untied States Declaration of Independence. I’m sure with all that he was involved in Ben Franklin certainly enjoyed beer, and some credit him with saying “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Did he actually say this? Who is to know for sure, but it’s a fun thought and I’m so happy to share this amazing penny design with you.
Thank you for for being my designated driver in today’s adventure, and I hope you enjoyed taking a look at Bob’s coin design. We have a lot of very talented friends in our community and I’m always happy to share them with all of you. Enjoy the rest of your week and as always Keep on Pressing!