Walt Disney World Fall Events – Episode 224

FWM8066842Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Jason Ballard, Chad King

Episode 224 features conversations about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Walt Disney World’s signature Fall events. MNSSHPs are already underway, and the Food & Wine Festival opening is just days away!

We relied on The Disney Food Blog’s excellent listing of Food and Wine Festival Marketplace booth offerings. DFB also has a current schedule for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

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The DAD Show #74 – Afghanistan to Orlando with Zac Hazlett

10459039_10203424613391432_6548221074490609320_oIn this week’s DAD Show, Zac Hazlett talks about returning from his contracting job in Afghanistan for an Orlando theme park vacation with some of his extended family. The vacation included Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and a stay at the BoardWalk Inn

The DAD Show is your humpday vacation fix. Our intro and outro music was created and performed by Mitch Furman.

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Favorite WDW Frozen Snacks – Episode 222

FrozenKirinHost: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Tim Brooks, James Cameron, Don Donfris, Nathan Trent

Episode 222 features the panel choosing their Top 5 Walt Disney World frozen snacks (plus a few honorable mentions).

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Raiders of the Beer Fridge: Golden Monkey Tripel Ale Review

Victory Brewing Golden Monkeyby David Juart

I was barely a year old when Raiders of the Lost Ark was originally released in theaters. Which means that back in pre-Netflix America, it took (GASP!) YEARS for it to reach my sleepy hometown of Punxsutawney, PA. By that time, I was a waist-high Lincoln Log wielding tike, whole-heartedly obsessed with all things George Lucas. I remember pulling down all of the couch cushions and piling them strategically on the absurdly 70’s pea green shag carpet, forming an impenetrable fortress from which I could watch Indy and Gimli, I mean Sallah, search the desert for a big gold box that melts faces. Honestly, I had no clue what the plot of the movie was, only that there were snakes (why does it always have to be snakes!), a dude with a big sword, face-melting, and one, huge, lumbering boulder. We all know how the boulder was unleashed – Indy stole the monkey head – the Golden Monkey head.

Unlike Indiana Jones, if you want to get your hands on a Golden Monkey (complete with a frothy, 1-finger, white head) you needn’t fly to a far off South American jungle. Just pop on down to your local bottle shop. Courtesy of Pennsylvania’s own Victory Brewing, Golden Monkey Tripel Ale is a soul-warming American take on the Belgian Tripel.

Tripels were originally named so because its grain bill called for three times the malt of a standard Belgian Pale Ale. They traditionally are straw yellow in color, with lots of carbonation and frothy head. The flavor can be rather complex for such a light ale, but can exhibit spicy and herbal notes, some fruity undertones such as citrus, alcohol warmth and sweetness from the abundance of malt. It is rather heavily hopped to balance it out, but can produce some boozy warmth from the alcohol, and can remind one of a bourbon or whiskey as it warms and flattens. The style has a plethora of examples, the most famous being Tripel Karmeliet, which I highly recommend. If you listened to Beercast II, we touched on Trappist Breweries. Both Westmalle and Koningshoeven are Trappist Breweries offering varieties of Belgian Tripel, along with many secular Belgian breweries and countless American craft examples.

If you happen to be at WDW, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find this lovely golden elixir. According to Beers and Ears and my own recent field research, it’s available at most table service locations and bars/lounges, as it is on the property-wide standard craft beer list. At 9.5% alcohol by volume, this one’s a sipper. I recommend picking one up at Block & Hans at the American Adventure and enjoying it during a leisurely stroll around Epcot’s World Showcase. That is, unless a boulder is on your tail.

David Juart’s Rating for Victory Brewing Golden Monkey Tripel Ale
Aroma 8/10 Appearance 4/5 Taste 8/10 Mouthfeel 4/5 Overall 17/20
From bottle. Pours Golden and clear with 1 finger head, dissipating to a rimming film. Herbal notes and some citrus in the nose, a graininess present there also. Alcohol warming and bready, notes of lemon, thyme and sage, moderately bitter with a strong malt presence in the middle and end, with plenty of alcohol warming in the after accompanied by a mild bitter and boozy tingle. A very solid Tripel.
Check out a list of over 1000 beer ratings from David Juart over at ratebeer.com.

Have you tried Golden Monkey Tripel Ale? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below. David Juart can be found on Twitter @dpjuart and on the DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

The DAD Show #73 – Matt Weier’s Anniversary Surprise at WDW

Spaceship-earth-ext3-1024x1024On this week’s DAD Show, Matt Weier talks about surprising his wife with an anniversary trip to Walt Disney World. The trip even inspired Matt to start a photo blog that he playfully named DizWire

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Beercast II – Episode 220

Chimay BlueHost: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Paul Hajjar; David Juart; Justin West

In Episode 220, we return to a topic near and dear to our hearts – beer. This time, David picked out for us: Chimay Blue, Grande Reserve, found at Be Our Guest Restaurant (Magic Kingdom), Citricos (Grand Floridian), Narcoosee’s (Grand Floridian), Beach Pool Bar and St. John’s Pool Bar (Grand Floridian), and ESPN Club (BoardWalk); Unibroue Trois Pistoles, which is available at Flying Fish (BoardWalk), Citricos (Grand Floridian), Hollywood Brown Derby (Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Le Cellier Steakhouse (Epcot, Canada), and the Canada Beer Cart (Epcot, Canada); and Racer 5 India Pale Ale, which is currently on the standard craft beer list for Walt Disney World bars. (We primarily relied upon Beers & Ears to find locations where these beers are offered).

For more about these beers, and to find them near home:
Chimay Blue, Grande Reserve
Unibroue Trois Pistoles
Racer 5 India Pale Ale

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