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Hops & Barley Menu and Review (Epcot Food & Wine Festival)

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Hops & Barley Menu and Review (Epcot Food & Wine Festival)

The Hops & Barley booth is all about American craft beer, wines, and dishes.

You can find the marketplace in the American Adventure, on the opposite side of the area from Regal Eagle Smokehouse.

Last year, there were several food and drink items to try, but only a few (like the carrot cake and hot beef sandwich) stood out for us. Plus, the beers were pretty tasty. The wine? Eh, not so much.

There’s always lots of outdoor seating here (some covered) and from this location you can easily listen to the musical groups performing at the America Gardens Theatre.

Food and Wine Festival - Hops and Barley food and drink options

Know that there are usually cashiers on both the left and right-hand sides of the booth, which helps to move guests along faster. You shouldn’t have to stand in a super long line.

Who knows if we’ll feel the same this year, but we’ll soon have more thoughts to share about the items in 2022. Stay tuned!

Here’s everything else you need to know about the Hops & Barley booth, including reviews, photos, and our must-trys.

Important Note: The information below is from the 2021 Festival. The 2022 International Food & Wine Festival runs from July 14 through November 19. Look for updated reviews and information after it kicks off.

Overview

Location: Near the American Adventure
Nearby booths: Rotunda Bistro, Italy, Japan, Funnel Cake
Nearby seating areas: The American pavilion (outdoor picnic tables), inside The American Adventure (sitting and standing tables, plus A/C)
Not to miss: The Carrot Cake (fantastic carrot cake with so much cream cheese icing) and the Hot Beef Sandwich that’s made with Horseradish Cream and Pickled Vegetables

Food and Wine Festival - Hops and Barley booth location map

Hops & Barley Booth Menu

Food

Our RatingMenu ItemPriceSpecial DietDisney Dining Plan Snack?
3.5/5New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll$8.50N/A
3.7/5Hot Beef Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Pickled Vegetables (new)$6.50N/A
4.8/5Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing$4.50N/A
GF = gluten friendly, PB = plant-based, KF = kid friendly

Beverages

Our RatingMenu ItemPriceMade with Alcohol?
3/581Bay Brewing Co. Strawberry and Lime Ale, Tampa, FL (new)$5.00 (6 oz.) / $9.00 (12 oz.)Yes
3.3/5SweetWater Brewing Company Hazy IPA, Atlanta, GA (new)$5.00 (6 oz.) / $9.00 (12 oz.)Yes
2.8/5Lord Hobo Brewing Boom Sauce DIPA, Woburn, MA (new)$5.00 (6 oz.) / $9.00 (12 oz.)Yes
2.3/5Bold Rock Roast Coffee Hard Cider, Mills River, NC (new)$5.00 (6 oz.) / $9.00 (12 oz.)Yes
2.3/5Longevity Chardonnay, California (new)$5.00Yes
2.5/5Tribute Cabernet Sauvignon, California (new)$5.00Yes
N/ABeer Flight$9.75Yes
hops & barley booth menu epcot international food and wine festival

Photos & Reviews

New England Lobster Roll

A griddled roll filled with lobster meat and herby mayonnaise.

Lobster Roll - Hops and Barley

Price: $8.50
Special Diets: N/A
Rating: 3.5/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Unpleasant texture, nice flavor.
Felicia: I generally don’t care for lobster rolls because of the mayonnaise, but this roll only has a small amount which lets the flavor of the lobster shine. The bread is also delicious. I liked this a lot.

Hot Beef Sandwich

A warm griddled bun topped with hot beef, horseradish cream, and pickled vegetables.

Hot Beef Sandwich - Hops and Barley

Price: $6.50
Special Diets: N/A
Rating: 3.7/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Delicious! Love the flavor and kick.
Heather: The pickled veggies are good but under represented. The horseradish sauce is great. Decent amount of beef. I just talked myself into liking it.
Felicia: This is fine. The bread is soggy and the only real flavor is from the peppers. I don’t love the texture.

Carrot Cake

A freshly baked individual sized carrot cake topped with cream cheese icing.

Carrot Cake - Hops and Barley

Price: $4.50
Special Diets: N/A
Rating: 4.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Big carrot cake lover. This didn’t disappoint.
Heather: I love this! Its “just” carrot cake but, it is moist and the perfect level of sweet. Plus since it is carrot cake that means it is healthy.
Felicia: Solid dessert. Delicious carrot cake and the icing is good. Not too sweet. Overall, great dessert.
Allyson: This is just as good as last year. Seriously good carrot cake.

81Bay Brewing Co. Strawberry and Lime Ale

A wheat ale made with strawberry and lime brewed by 81Bay Brewing Co. in Tampa, FL.

Strawberry Lime Ale - Hops and Barley

Price: $5.00 (6 oz) / $9.00 (12 oz)
Made with Alcohol?: Yes
Rating: 3/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Strawberry and lime description sounded better than it is.
Heather: The lime flavor is a lot more intense than the strawberry. Which is tragic, because I like strawberries. Booo.
Felicia: If you’re looking for a light beer that is fruity but not overpowering and sweet, this is a great option. Very refreshing.
Allyson: This is nice and light. Good strawberry and lime flavors, but not overpowering.

SweetWater Brewing Company Hazy IPA

A hoppy but fruity IPA brewed with mango, stone fruit, lime, and pine by SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, GA.

Hazy IPA - Hops and Barley

Price: $5.00 (6 oz) / $9.00 (12 oz)
Made with Alcohol?: Yes
Rating: 3.3/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Good, basic IPA. Light flavor.
Heather: Light but not delicious. Not sure I liked it.
Felicia: The hops in this IPA are too much for me. I don’t love it but IPA fans would probably enjoy it.
Allyson: I don’t prefer IPAs, but this is very good. Not too hoppy and just the right amount.

Lord Hobo Brewing Boom Sauce DIPA

Boom Sauce Double IPA is made with 5 different types of hops and is the flagship beer of Lord Hobo Brewing in Woburn, MA.

Boom Sauce DIPA - Hops and Barley

Price: $5.00 (6 oz) / $9.00 (12 oz)
Made with Alcohol?: Yes
Rating: 2.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Bitter taste. Didn’t enjoy.
Heather: My favorite out of the flight. I like a beer with flavor, so this was pretty good. But also – double the alcohol so HELLLLO.
Felicia: Another decent IPA. It’s relatively hoppy so wouldn’t recommend for someone looking for easy drinking beer.
Allyson: For a double IPA, this is definitely strong and very hoppy. Not really my jam.

Bold Rock Roast Coffee Hard Cider

A cold brewed hard cider featuring medium roast coffee infusion that is brewed by Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River, NC.

Coffee Cider - Hops and Barley

Price: $5.00 (6 oz) / $9.00 (12 oz)
Made with Alcohol?: Yes
Rating: 2.3/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Unexpected combo of flavors, but also unexpectedly tasty. Coffee flavor lingers.
Heather: WHY DOES THIS SMELL LIKE COFFEE BUT IT’S CLEAR?! It hurts my brain.
Felicia: The best cider I’ve tried. Nice coffee flavor and it isn’t too sweet or apple-y. I probably wouldn’t order it but it was good.
Allyson: Coffee and cider don’t go together. No thank you.

Longevity Chardonnay

A crisp medium-bodied white wine aged in French oak barrels and made by Longevity Winery in Livermore Valley, CA.

Chardonnay - Hops and Barley

Price: $5.00
Made with Alcohol?: Yes
Rating: 2.3/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Doesn’t taste like a Chardonnay. Also doesn’t taste good.
Heather: It’s pretty ok….if you like wine.
Felicia: Totally average white wine. Nothing memorable or worth getting.
Allyson: This tastes like wine and yeah. Eh.

Tribute Cabernet Sauvignon

A medium-bodied, dry but slightly fruity red wine made by Tribute winery in California.

Cabernet - Hops and Barley

Price: $5.00
Made with Alcohol?: Yes
Rating: 2.5/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Not a great cab. Tasted like vinegar.
Heather: Light, easy on the tongue.
Felicia: This is a drinkable Cabernet. Not too dry and relatively easy to drink. Wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
Allyson: Eh. Not a wine fan.

Food & Wine Booth map

Check out all the booths from the 2021 Food and Wine Festival on the map below, including our favorite overall booths, favorite items at each booth, and locations for indoor seating.

We will update with the 2022 map in July.

2021 Food and Wine Festival Map with WDW Prep Favorites

Food & Wine Festival Booth links

Ready to explore more Food & Wine Festival booths? Take a look at the links below for menus and reviews from the 2021 Food & Wine Festival.

Looking for information on 2022? We will have an updated list and complete reviews in July after this year’s festival kicks off.

Food and Wine Festival data

Want to see all our 2021 reviews in 1 spot?

Clicking on the link below will allow you to copy our data into a Google Sheet that you can then use for your Food & Wine planning purposes.

WDW Prep School Food and Wine Data

Epcot Food and Wine Festival data screenshot

Read more about the Food & Wine Festival

Be sure to check out the following links to our Epcot Food and Wine Festival posts, where we provide all kinds of information, tips, and much more.

Here’s everything we put together for 2021! Stay tuned for 2022 content once this year’s festival begins.

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