REVIEW: Hops & Barley at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2018

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Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Hops & Barley

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – Hops & Barley Booth

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – Hops & Barley Menu

Hops & Barley, introduced in 2005, returns for its 13th year for the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, taking place August 30 – November 12, 2018.

Menu for Hops & Barley at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll – $8.00
  • New Brunswick Slider: Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream and Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the side – $5.75
  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (V) – $4.00

Beverages:

*Price per bottle is the average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.

Photos of Menu Items from Hops & Barley at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll – $8.00

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – Hops & Barley – New England Lobster Roll
New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll – $8.00 (Courtesy of easywdw)

A hefty price tag here thanks to the lobster. Fortunately, in the last year, Epcot moved from a lobster salad to actual lobster chunks. That’s both a positive and a negative. Positive, because yes, it’s real lobster, and when you get a nice bite it’s a pleasant surprise. Negative, because your roll may only have a small portion of the pricey protein. It’s a gamble, for sure, but potentially a really tasty one.

New Brunswick Slider: Slow-Braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream and Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the Side – $5.75

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Hops & Barley Slider
New Brunswick Slider: Slow-Braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream and Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the Side, $5.75

We feel cheated on this one after viewing other people’s portions. The beef brisket is absolutely amazing. There’s an underlying spiciness to the meat that’s flavorful and delicious, and it’s succulent enough that a knife isn’t needed to cut into it—a fork will do just fine if you don’t plan on scarfing it down like a sandwich. There’s potential value here if you get a decent cut and portion of the beef brisket. However, like the Lobster Roll, this one, too, is a gamble in that you can wind up with a small portion like we did, and it’ll have you wondering what happened to your nearly $6 sandwich. It’s so good we think you should roll the dice.

Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (V) – $4.00

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – Hops & Barley – Carrot Cake
Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (V) – $4.00 (Courtesy of easywdw)

This carrot cake is served warm and with a delectable cream cheese icing on top. The flavors match a proper carrot cake, and we feel this dessert is safe for even the pickiest of eaters. At $4 you can’t go wrong.

Beer Flight – $9.00

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Hops & Barley Beer Flight
Beer Flight, $9.00: North Coast Bewing Co. Blue Star Wheat, Fort Bragg, CA (4.5% abv); 3 Daughters Brewing A Wake Coffee Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL (5% abv); Heavy Seas AmeriCannon APA, Baltimore, MD (5.75% abv)

Beer flights! A great way to try three unique beers. Fortunately, these are all pretty interesting and worth the price to try them. The coffee blonde ale is the only real miss here, with an artificial flavor permeating the overall essence of the beer.

Location of the Hops & Barley Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Hops & Barley Booth is located at The American Adventure pavilion at the back of World Showcase.

More Information

  • All of our 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival coverage is available from our landing page at https://wdwnt.wine!

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  • The lobster roll did contain some actual lobster, but to a true northerner, it is lobster salad. There is no way what I ate the other day was all lobster meat. For the price it was pretty sad.

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