When I went to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, I must have left my seat around three times to get a beer.
I didn’t hate the film at all; it just wasn’t very good. My nephew, by all accounts, is pretty bad at being a functioning person – he can’t drive (he’s seven) and he’s always leaving half-drunk cans of Sprite around the place – but I don’t hate him. I actually quite like him.
I suppose, to a much lesser degree, the world of Harry Potter exists in the same space for me. They’re actually not that good as films, but they’re lovable and fun. Also, there’s categorically no reason for the Fantastic Beasts franchise to be called Fantastic Beasts. I’ll bet anything that Warner Brothers really regret that move.
I’ve completely taken a wrong turn here. Back to the point in hand; beer made Fantastic Beasts more enjoyable and in general, it makes most things better. So why go to a Harry Potter festival when you could go to a Harry Potter beer festival?
Taking place in various venues across the USA, a Harry Potter-themed beer festival is on offer, featuring – you guessed it – beer and elements from the wizarding world.
Along with that, 20 additional beers will be on offer, including winter, pumpkin, and holiday ales. Seems like they hosted this event on the wrong side of Christmas, really.
You’ll also be able to traverse certain parts of the Harry Potter world, including the Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, and Hogwarts’ Great Hall. What’s not to love?!
Rock Star Beer Festivals are responsible for this event, and they’ve lined up a number of acts to play some tunes, such as ‘Slytherin Sisters’ and ‘DJ Dumbledore’. Not a clue either.
The Facebook page for the event reads:
“Join us for our Harry Potter inspired Beer Festival as we transform the Historic Castaway in Downtown Portland to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter complete with Hogwarts Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and the Leaky Cauldron.
The event will host a beer tasting of over 20 winter, pumpkin, and holiday ales including Snape’s Lair of Secret Cider Potions and Adult Butter Beer. There will be a Hagrid Photo Op, plenty of characters, food from Mac Shackk, and live music from the Slytherin Sisters and DJ Dumbledore.“
There are a total of 13 festivals taking place, and tickets cost a fairly reasonable $35. Might as well go if you’re anywhere near:
1 Feb – Portland
2 Feb – Las Vegas
9 Feb – Denver
15 Feb – Portland
16 Feb – Portland
23 Feb – Denver
1 March – Seattle
9 March – Phoenix
15 March – Seattle
16 March – Seattle
22 March – Indianapolis
23 March – Indianapolis
30 March – Louisville
Images via Warner Bros., Getty