The Hops & Barley booth at the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is actually the America booth, but as part of an international treaty to facilitate peace (and so as to not intimidate other nations with our prowess of adding butter to everything), Epcot is contractually prohibited from calling it the “America (F YEAH!) Global Marketplace.” This post discusses the Hops & Barley menu for this year, along with my thoughts on it.
For several years, the Hops & Barley booth has been hit or miss. It has had some great items that inexplicably disappear (like the glorious Pumpkin Mousse), probably due to international treaties, and overpriced duds.
This year is a bit of a return to form for Hops & Barley, and it struck me as one of the standout booths at the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival across the board. Even the always-expensive lobster roll delivered, and of course America is second to none when it comes to beer.
With that said, let’s take a look at this year’s Hops & Barley menu, complete with food photos, my thoughts on the menu, and what is a good/poor use of Disney Dining Plan credits…
New England Lobster Roll – If you’re paying out of pocket, this is a difficult recommendation. On the one hand, this lobster roll is fantastic. It’s real Maine lobster, with big chunks of lobster in it, and not overly loaded with filler. However, it’s small and it’s the most expensive item in any booth at the Food & Wine Festival. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, this is a no-brainer—it’s a great use of a snack credit.
Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese Served on Griddled Garlic Toast – This was a total home run. The meat was tender, smoky, and flavorful, with and the buttery Texas toast helped put it over the top. Highly recommended.
Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing – Not as memorable as the other offerings at Hops & Barley, and not one of the best desserts at Food & Wine Festival, but good. I still can’t help but feel the dessert representing America (F YEAH!) should have been infused with bacon.
We don’t intend upon sampling all of the beverages at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, but here is the drink menu for Hops & Barley (our recommendation is the Dogfish Head stout):
- Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA, Boston, MA
- Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale, San Francisco, CA
- Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Milton, DE
- La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
- Cambria Estate Winery Benchbreak Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County
- Frozen Orange-spiked Tea featuring Florida Cane “Orlando Orange” Vodka
Check out our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year! You’ll also want to read our full Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival Guide before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival (yes, you will need a strategy), and much more!
For Walt Disney World trip planning tips and comprehensive advice, make sure to read our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide and related articles. Also make sure to read our other Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews and Disney Dining Plan Resources.
For updates on Walt Disney World, the latest news, discount information, and tips, sign up for our free monthly newsletter!
If you’ve tried any of the marketplace items at Hops & Barley, what did you think? Favorites? Least favorites? What was and wasn’t worth it? Do you wish America’s greatest national treasure–Guy Fieri–had infused any of these menu items with bacon? 😉 Anything on the menu you’re excited to try this year? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!