Accio brewski! According to Delish, Rock Star Beer Festivals is bringing a Harry Potter-themed beer fest to the U.S. so all the Potterheads out there can imbibe in as much butterbeer as they like. Or winter ales, pumpkin beers, and special cider “potions,” if they’d prefer. The “Wizards and Witches Beer Festival” officially kicked off on November 24th at San Diego’s Irenic venue, and is currently touring the country with stops in Denver, Portland, Seattle, Austin, and other cities.
At the moment, tickets are still available in Seattle on March 1st and Austin on May 11th. But you won’t be heading to some crowded beer hall. This is a magic beer festival after all, so all venues will be decked out in Harry Potter decor to make the environment look just like locations like Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, and Hogwarts’ Great Hall.
“We try to find venues that fit the theme, like historic building[s] and modified churches,” Rock Star Beer Festivals’ director of marketing and sales Ryan Wieczorek told Delish.
Among the different beverages people can enjoy are Snape’s Lair of Secret Cider Potions and an adult-friendly butterscotch beer (since butterbeer is technically supposed to be non-alcoholic in the books), as well as different winter and holiday themed ales. Because Harry Potter is practically synonymous with Christmastime. In addition, according to Lonely Planet, there will be a bevy of activities for would-be witches and wizards, including live music with a DJ, photo ops with characters, and lots of food.
Tickets for the festival are $35 each, and all attendees must be 21 or over. More information can be found on the Rock Star Beer Festivals website. At the moment, locations are only planned through May, but Rock Star Beer Festivals will announce any locations on its Facebook page if it plans to add more dates.
And if you can’t get into the festival, you can always buy a ticket to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in California or Florida to get your butterbeer fix. The park even sells butterbeer ice cream, because magic is real.