Drinkin’ Around Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Nomad Lounge

I really love Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  There are so many different trails and interesting things to look at, and I love watching the animals on the Maharajah Jungle Trek and the Gorilla Falls Exploration trail.  I wrote about some of the cool things at Animal Kingdom in my Snackin’ Around Disney:  Animal Kingdom post.

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“Tree of Life” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

What  I don’t love about Animal Kingdom is that it gets HOT walking around all day.  Normally, this is a 1/2 day park for us (and closes early anyway), but after Rivers of Light debuts will extend the time you spend in the park.

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Looking up in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom, just some of the many details of the park.

In the past, we’ve trekked our way over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge to get a snack and a drink at the Victoria Falls Lounge and take a break from the sun (you can take a bus from Animal Kingdom).  There is also a Rainforest Cafe that is outside the park entrance, where you can take a break.

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Nomad Lounge entrance

While Animal Kingdom has an outdoor bar (Dawa Bar), there is very limited seating and they are right in the middle of the “hustle and bustle” of the park.  But, recently, a new restaurant and lounged opened up right inside Animal Kingdom.  Tiffins is the newest signature dining option inside the park.  Attached to Tiffins is Nomad Lounge.  We visited Nomad Lounge on our last trip and it became an instant tradition for Animal Kingdom days.

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Nomad Lounge exterior and interior seating.  The “banners” in the right hand picture are available for purchase for $1 each, and you can share your story about travels you’ve taken in your lifetime

Nomad Lounge has indoor and outdoor seating.  While we were there there was a napping baby and at least 2 adults who looked so comfortable they could nap.  Nomad Lounge has a small selection of appetizers, and a unique drink menu.   On this trip we sampled the Snow Leopard Salvation (Snow Leopard Vodka, Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur, Mint, and Lime Juice topped with Ginger Beer) and the Jenn’s Tattoo (Ketel One Vodka, Watermelon, Hibiscus, and Lime Juice).

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Nomad Lounge Jenn’s Tattoo and Snow Leopard Salvation

They were both delicious.  And big!  The Snow Leopard Salvation was really refreshing, perfect for a hot park day.  I didn’t think you could taste the pear liqueur very much, overall it tasted like a fruity and slightly minty Moscow Mule.  It was a solid choice.  Jenn’s Tattoo was very sweet.  A drink being overly sweet isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it was less refreshing than the Snow Leopard Salvation.  I really liked it, but as I was drinking it thought it could have benefitted from a splash of soda water and a squeeze of lime (I added a squeeze of lime, and it improved things).  We didn’t have a snack on this trip because Animal Kingdom has some very interesting food options and we had already eaten.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Nomad Lounge?

Nomad Lounge is a very welcome addition to Animal Kingdom, and I think a necessary addition.  There is a ton of (riverfront!) outdoor seating, its quiet and relaxed, and the food and drink options are unique while still being welcoming.  I highly recommend checking out Nomad Lounge for a mid-afternoon break.

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If You’re Ever In: Boynton Beach FL, Try Copperpoint Brewing Company

Hi everyone.  I’m going to take a break from Disney content to review Copperpoint Brewing Company in Boynton Beach, FL.  Its on a side-street in Boynton Beach FL, close to Due South Brewing Company.

My mom was insistent that we go here the day after Thanksgiving.  Absolutely no argument here, sounds great mom!

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The Taproom at Copperpoint Brewing Company in Boynton Beach FL

Copperpoint has a GIANT taproom, very clean, lots of tables and seating for a variety of group sizes, and an outdoor porch area.  They also have various food trucks, and Troy’s BBQ was there that day.

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Copperpoint Brewing Company and Troy’s BBQ Food Truck.  Yep that’s a smoker on the back.

They have a fairly extensive beer list, with some flagships and a few collaborations.  You can’t see it in this photo, but the bar itself is pretty cool, its copper (hence the name!).

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Copperpoint Brewing Company Taplist

We sampled the Copperpoint “G” (Grapefruit) Saison and the Trick Shot IPA Collaboration with Civil Society.

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Copperpoint Brewing Company “G” Saison and Trick Shot IPA

I love saisons, they are my favorite style of beer, and I usually jump at the chance to try one that has an interesting note – in this case grapefruit.   It was an enjoyable saison, though the grapefruit wasn’t very pronounced, more of a nondescript “fruitiness” that added a unique note to the beer.  The bartender described this beer as having some tart to it but I didn’t get any, possibly because I also drink a lot of sours, so “tart” to me is usually more pronounced.  Overall, solid and easy to drink, the fruitiness adds some lightness to the beer.  The Trick Shot IPA was a standard IPA, but on the hoppier side than other IPA’s, so if you like that you’ll like this beer.  Overall recommended, despite the added hoppiness it was on the lighter side.

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Mac and cheese, pulled pork sandwich, and fries from Troys BBQ food truck

We also grabbed some food from Troy’s BBQ.  We got pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, with sides of coleslaw and mac and cheese, and a large fry to split.  Okay, guys, if this food truck is here GET A SANDWICH.  Even if you’re not that hungry, split one.  It was gigantic (I could only finish 1/2), the BBQ sauce is great, the meat was tender, and it had that awesome smokey flavor you totally want from BBQ.  The sides were… sides… The sandwiches came with them.  Get the fries, they were hot and crispy, and we actually finished that mountain of fries between the 4 of us.

So, Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Copperpoint Brewing Company in Boynton Beach FL?

Occasionally, you might be visiting Disney and want to take a trip to south Florida.  Or maybe you’re driving from south Florida to Disney.  Or maybe you have family in the Boca Raton/Boynton Beach area.  Whatever the case, give this place a shot.  Take your relatives!  Everyone who we spoke with at Copperpoint was exceptionally friendly and nice, and the atmosphere is great.  Definitely give it a try if you’re in the area.

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