A Traveling Harry Potter Beer Festival Is Coming to Several U.S. Cities

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If you’ve ever wondered what the alcoholic version of a butterbeer would taste like, you’ll soon have the chance to find out. A series of ongoing Harry Potter-inspired beer festivals are coming to cities across the U.S. in the next couple of months.

According to Rock Star Beer Festivals, which is organizing the event, muggles and wizards alike will get unlimited samples of 20-plus winter, pumpkin, and holiday ales. There will be plenty of adult butterbeer to go around, and for more daring souls, there’s Snape’s Lair of Secret Cider Potions. Is it actually cider, or could it be a polyjuice potion? Attendees will soon find out.

In February, the festival will be coming to Portland, Oregon (on February 115, and 16), Las Vegas (on February 2), and Denver (February 9 and 23). In March, it will head to Phoenix (the 9th), Seattle (the 15th and 16th), Indianapolis (the 23rd), and Louisville (the 30th). Tickets to festivals in February are available on Eventbrite for around $35, and tickets to the March events can be booked on Rock Star Beer Festivals’ Facebook page under the Events tab. Act fast, though, because some of these festivals have already sold out.

What else can you expect to see at such a magical event? Rock Star Beer Festivals says the venues hosting the festival will be “transformed into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” with guests being transported to the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and, of course, the Leaky Cauldron. You’ll also get to snap photos with Hagrid and dance to music by the Slytherin Sisters and DJ Dumbledore. Just be careful not to drink and do magic, or you could end up having an accident à la Neville Longbottom.


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