The phenomenon of Harry Potter and the wizarding world has been charming children and adults alike since “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published in 1997. Wizard’s food and drink play a big role both the books and the movies.
The most famous of these is butterbeer. Butterbeer is first described in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”: “Harry drank deeply. It was the most delicious thing he’d ever tasted…”
There are recipes for butterbeer all over the internet, but they all contain dairy, and highly processed ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup. Those aren’t options for those who don’t want to consume the dairy and artificial ingredients. The recipes also seem like they'd be overly sweet.
While browsing through a local health food store, what should appear on the natural soda shelf but Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer? It’s made by Reed’s, makers of award-winning all natural soft drinks like Reed’s Ginger Brew and Virgil's Root Beer. Reed’s beverages are brewed, not manufactured like standard sodas. Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer contains no high fructose corn syrup. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO.
The Detroit Vegetarian Examiner spoke with Reed’s CEO and founder Chris Reed:
Q: What inspired you to create Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer?
A: I’m a Potter head. My daughter turned me on to the series and I read them alongside her. (I) saw every movie a few times. As a soda guy, butterbeer is the best known mythical drink and I wanted to bring it to life. The (package) design is based on Japanese beer packaging motifs I had always been fond of.
Q: Do you have a wizard on staff at Reed’s?
A: I am the wizard here for many reasons. I do have apprentices now who are getting quite good. The drink is way out of the box but still I was drawn to it. Sales have justified this seemingly strange choice. The product has a life of its own.
Q: Have you or anyone else who’s been drinking this magical draught noticed any magical abilities developing as a result?
A: Other than a new found impulse to pick up sticks and cast spells at my employees, and straddling broomsticks and wanting to lift off, not really.
Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer comes in a four-pack of 12 oz. glass bottles. The packaging is beautifully designed, and features the enchanting story of The Flying Cauldron in Hogsbreath, England, which has been making butterscotch beer since 1374.
JK Rowling once told “Bon Appétit” magazine that she imagined butter beer “to taste a little bit like a less-sickly butterscotch,” and that’s just how this magical brew tastes. As soon as the bottle is opened, the fragrance of butterscotch wafts out. The flavor is also of butterscotch, with vanilla, but not too sweet. It’s quite tasty, and is reminiscent of a good dry ginger ale, only with butterscotch and vanilla in place of the ginger.
Ingredients include: purified water, cane sugar, vanilla extract, natural caramel, natural flavors, and stevia rebaudiana leaf extract. Imbibing this effervescent elixir seems to whisk one off to The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Verdict: Buy.
Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer is available in the Detroit area at Total Health Foods in Wyandotte, Holiday Market in Royal Oak, and at Nutrition Unlimited in Southgate, and at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Reed’s products are distributed in Michigan by Intrastate Distributors in Detroit. Contact them for other locations carrying Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer. It can also be purchased directly from Reed's at their online store.