A Harry Potter-inspired beer festival is scheduled to take place in Indianapolis March 22 and 23.
The event, called the Wizards and Witches Beer Fest, will be held in a venue typically used for weddings and receptions, the Sanctuary on Penn. It will feature novelty beers, vendors and live entertainment.
Julia Tirinnanzi, former IU student and director of entertainment for event orchestrator Rockstar Beer, said the event is a craft beer tasting where all the attendees get to sample dozens of different kinds of craft beers.
Tirinnanzi said attendees will have access to adult Butterbeer and wand venders.
A cider potion lair and floating candles in the main hall are planned for the event, she said.
“The atmosphere will be really great,” Tirinnanzi said.
That atmosphere will incorporate live music, including Tirinnanzi’s own band.
She plays in a band with her sister. They typically perform as Jill and Julia, but for the event, they will be playing as the Sorcerer Sisters. They will play alongside a local headliner, which hasn’t been announced yet.
“I’m most looking forward to the decor and bringing together everybody’s love of that wizarding culture,” Tirinnanzi said.
That love of wizarding culture can be found at IU as well.
IU’s Harry Potter Society president Faith Wheat doesn’t know if she’ll be in attendance at the festival, but she participates in Harry Potter-inspired games of her own each week.
The Harry Potter Society meets every Sunday.
Member Amna Yaqub said she loves seeing new people come to the club's meetings.
After all, she’s a Slytherin accompanied by a Ravenclaw president and a Hufflepuff vice president.