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Is there really such a thing as Butter Beer?

Asked by HungryGuy (16008points) December 9th, 2011

Or is that just something she made up for Harry Potter? If it really exists, how it is made and where could one buy some?

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Aethelflaed's avatar

She made it up, though possibly based on some historical drink. Since then, several people have tried to create various recipes (but at least ¾ of them are a cream soda base, which a) doesn’t taste like beer and b) I personally find to be yucky). Here’s one from Mugglenet (a big HP website), and some knockoffs of the Disney World attempt. Personally, I find these recipes, based on the historical drink Buttered Beere from Tudor history, to be the most likely options – actual beer/ale base, with some butter and some sweetening. And again, same idea, technically different recipes, in which it points out that any butterbeer recipe should have 2 ingredients: butter, and beer. Also, ‘The Accomplisht Cook’ and ‘The Good Huswifes Handmaide’ make me happy. ETA: Oh, and another!

ETA: Apparently, at the time of writing, JK Rowling was totally oblivious to the existence of historical butter beers.

filmfann's avatar

At the Harry Potter theme park in Florida, they serve Butter Beer, and I have been told it is delicious, though I don’t know what it tastes like.

HungryGuy's avatar

I guess it tastes buttery :-p

gravity's avatar

no… butter beer would make you throw up probably. ehk

dappled_leaves's avatar

This is the drink of choice in my home while watching Harry Potter movies. No alcohol, but it is tasty!

filmfann's avatar

@dappled_leaves Add a bit of rum, and you might have something.

Berserker's avatar

I denno, but screw that wimpy butter beer business, I’ll have some of what Hagrid’s downing.

Aethelwine's avatar

If there’s Bacon Maple Beer, any beer is possible.

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