Here is the final set of blog-worthy beers from last year that didn’t get mentioned in a regular blog post – more overlooked beers from 2012.
I made a resolution in 2013 to blog more frequently, and so far this year I’ve been able to keep up with my beer explorations (sort of). But before I completely turn the page on last year, I have one more post of 2012 beers.
I’ll start with my second trip to Disney in 2012. We had a Disney vacation in June 2012, but I went back in November for our Annual Meeting. The conference was held at the Swan and Dolphin Resort, which was steps away from the Disney Boardwalk and the only brewpub in Walt Disney World – the Big River Grille and Brewing Works. When I went in for dinner I ordered the sampler, which came with five house brews:
- Southern Flyer Light Lager, a light beer for the masses (3.6%)
- Gadzooks Pilsner, a crisp European-style Pilsner for the masses (5.0%)
- Steamboat Pale Ale, an easy-drinking American-style Pale Ale, the best brew on the menu (5.5%)
- Rocket Red Ale, a nicely balanced Red Ale (5.6%)
- Sweet Magnolia American Brown Ale, a smooth and tasty dark ale
Big River is from the same family of restaurants as Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom, but the beer isn’t nearly as good as at those joints. Still, I enjoyed drinking local craft brew in Disney World, and I had several other awesome Florida beers at the Cabana Bar and Beach Club at the Dolphin.
Next, here comes a parade of bombers, starting with three from my local brewery – Baying Hound Aleworks in Rockville, Maryland. Featured here: Rockville Kölsch Style Ale, Lord Wimsey’s Mild Pale Ale, and Hop Shot India Pale Ale.
And a final shout out to Flying Fish Exit 8, Mad Fox Tuesday tappings, Westover Beer Market, the anniversary beer dinner at Gordon Biersch in Rockville, the Dogfish Head Tap Takeover at Rustico, dinner at Biergarten House in Washington, D.C, dinner at Growlers of Gaithersburg on New Years Eve, and a growler of Growlers Belgian Blue-Eyed Ale to celebrate the New Year!