Food & Wine Guinea Pig, Part One

Food and Wine drinks ( Ricky Brigante for Inside the Magic) Confession Time: I like to eat … but my drinking skills are lacking.

I’m just not very adventurous, and it’s hard for me to break out of my shell–especially at Disney–because I don’t want to waste money on something I don’t like.

But I really, really want to try new things at this year’s Food and Wine Festival, so I called in some experts to get their opinion on what I should try during this year’s Festival … and then I plan to try some of their suggestions and report back.

The Parameters
Here’s a little about my drink preferences: I don’t love red wine. I like white, but it’s not what I’d reach for. I DO love the key limen wine at the Florida Local booth. (I like it so much, I have half a case of it in my kitchen.) As for beer, I always think it’s going to be too heavy for hot Parks, but when I do drink it, I tend to like lighter, wheatier beers, like Blue Moon.

The Recommendations
This week, we have recommendations coming at us from two members of the Beers and Ears team:

A lot of beers that you might think are heavy, actually drink very smooth and light. I’d encourage you to give any beer that catches your eye a try at F&W. There is a fairly good variety of beers that should please most tastes. That being said, since you mentioned you tend to like lighter beers, try the Kona Big Wave Golden Ale. I’m a fan of Kona beers and the Golden Ale is much lighter than the Kona Porter (also very good) at the Hawaii booth. Although I haven’t tried it yet, I’ve heard some good reviews of the Schofferhofer Grapefruit beer. I’m planning on finally having the Schofferhofer at this year’s festival. Oh, and stay away from any beer with “Smoked” in the title… they taste like cheese!

Pat from Beers and Ears

There are definitely a couple of picks in there I can see myself trying … and now for a few more suggestions:

Sounds like we enjoy roughly the same types of alcohol (minus the wine thing—I love red wine). Some of these I’m sure the other Beers & Ears gang will recommend too, so I’ll try throwing in some non-beer drinks as well.

Moscato in Brazil: sweeter and slightly sparkly white wine.  Some of them are JUST slightly too sweet for me but when I find one I like, I love it.  I’ve heard good things about this one, and on a hot Florida day, I can see this being really refreshing!

Grapefruit Beer in Brewers Collection: I’ve only heard good things about it and can’t wait to try it too.

Happy Lychee in China: Pretty simple from what I remember. Lychee juice, vodka, and a little extra syrup for some sweetness.  I enjoyed it, but don’t plan on having too many.  I also remember these being fairly heavy on the vodka.

Leinenkeugel Summer Shandy in Craft Beer: One of my new favorite mass produced wheaty bears.  Like Blue Moon but with lemon instead.

Florida Local booth also has White Sangria, not sure if they had that in the past but another refreshing drink on a hot day.

Jenn from Beers and Ears 

I’m … dare I say it … starting to get kind of excited for this experiment in alcoholism!

What do you think? Are there any items that I absolutely MUST try? Let me know in the comments below.

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