Drink Around the World Showcase – Classic American Beer at Fife & Drum Tavern

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Fife & Drum Tavern at American Adventure, Epcot

In many ways, the American Adventure in Epcot is located perfectly for a quick, palate-cleansing stop on a “Drink Around the World Showcase” (DAWS) day. Located halfway around World Showcase, the American Adventure focuses as much on comfort food and non-alcoholic beverages as it does on its beer selections.

All this may be a polite way of saying that there’s a limited selection of alcoholic drinks at the U.S. pavilion. The Fife & Drum Tavern, the drink and snack kiosk at the American Adventure, isn’t much of a tavern at all. It’s a snack shack that serves two draft beers: Bud Light and a Sam Adams seasonal beer that changes with the time of year.

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Samuel Adams Beer. Bryan Rosengrant. Flickr.

So with those choices, I order up a Samuel Adams. After all, it is a classic and, for my taste buds, the better of the two selections. And the seasonal beer selection allows Disney to shift the to lighter beers during the hotter seasons and heavier, darker beers during cooler periods. But really, given the ubiquity of the two beers, just pick your favorite brand.

 

The limited selection of beer, representing two of the most familiar American breweries, might be cause for some mild complaints about the American Adventure on a DAWS day. The beer, however, does represent American brewing traditions. Budweiser have been brewing beer since the 1870s, roughly the same period that  the family of Jim Koch, the founder of Sam Adams, had been brewing beer. (As a brand, Sam Adams debuted in 1985.)

 

If you look at DAWS as participating in Epcot’s cultural-entertainment mission, then –focusing on gastronomical tourism – the beer selections make sense.

 

There’s an added benefit or two from the menu. The Fife & Drum Tavern offers a number of hearty foods to complement the beer, and to encourage Disney guests to balance out their consumption of alcohol. At the tavern you can enjoy some cult foods favored by Disney regulars: the  turkey leg, the bucket of popcorn and the funnel cake kiosk also located in the American Adventure area.

Also consider using the American Adventure for A DAWS non-alcoholic drink, where there’s a wider selection. Try the frozen lemonade or, better yet, the slushes at Fife & Drum Tavern that come in blue raspberry and strawberry; that’s right, patriotic colors.

Liberty Inn offers the same beer selections, if you’d prefer to enjoy your beer with a cheeseburger or chili-cheese dog, among its menu of American fast food classics. It somehow seems appropriate to do so, if you’re going for a DAWS beer-focused tour of Epcot World Showcase.

Photo credit: Samuel Adams Beer. Bryan Rosengrant. Flickr, Creative Commons License.


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One thought on “Drink Around the World Showcase – Classic American Beer at Fife & Drum Tavern

  1. Although you are right that Bud Light and Sam Adams represent some of the most commonly drunk beers in the US–and my homebrewer husband has actually toured the Sam Adams brewery with Mr. Koch himself–we are mostly disappointed by the foods and beverages offered to international visitors at the American area. How about featuring a regional beer and food pairing seasonally, like a grilled salmon salad and a Northwestern brew? Chowders, chilis or stews with hearty breads, big salads, or sandwiches like po’ boys, would all go with a nice regional beer. And it doesn’t need to be a craft beer, wonderful as they are; Rolling Rock would probably go over well with light beer lovers!

    So although he very much enjoys the various Sam Adams brews, when my husband wants to drink beer at Epcot, he goes to Germany.

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