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Pub Date [9] – Luck of the Irish

Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to back to our new feature called PUB DATE where Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Andi from Andi’s ABCs, and Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages and I all team up to pair books + beers in harmony! Each week, one of us will features a beer and a book of our choice, each with a different theme for that month!

This month’s theme: LUCK OF THE IRISH

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! I am not Irish by even a little bit but Shane’s family is so we’re planning one last meal of corned beef on St. Paddy’s Day before they move to retire in North Carolina!

For the “Luck of the Irish”, we’ve decided to be a bit lenient with the theme — either Irish or just the color green! Somehow the book came to me more easily than the beer (I guess I can think of some Irish beers but I drink way too many domestic and craft beers and I also ran out of time to go to the store because I had originally planned to push my post back. Oops)! For the beer, I ended up going with just a green bottle, but it still has an important story! And for the book, I actually tried to stick with the Irish theme since I didn’t with the beer!

Yuengling + Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Yuengling is America’s oldest (operating) brewery, located in Pottsville, PA. It was one of Shane’s favorite beers and I hadn’t had it before we started dating! (Though I could also say that about a lot of beers because that’s when I really started getting into craft beers.) The sad thing about it
is that you can’t get it in IL (this seems to be a trend. Favorite beers = not in IL). I first tried it at my next-door neighbor’s college graduation party, again when Shane’s best friend went to a Blackhawk’s game in Tennessee and brought some back for us, and this beer is from not one but TWO 24-packs that Alyssa and Amy brought in for us when they came in for our wedding. It was part of our wedding present ;D So yes, it’s almost March and we’re still going through this second 24-pack but when you have to travel all the way to Tennessee from IL to get your favorite beer, you try to ration it! ūüôā

Pub Date Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my book choice. Why? It’s the first book I thought of that had not only an Irish theme somewhere in it (that I had actually read) but it also even has leprechauns!! I’m sure you Potterheads already know, but I will explain anyway. The book kicks off with the 1994 Quidditch World Cup: Ireland versus Bulgaria. What I love the most about this is how detailed J.K. Rowling always gets. There are details from the full tournament, player stats, coined moves, and more. If you want to get REALLY into it, you should totally check out the Harry Potter Wiki with a specific mention and incredibly detailed account of the 1994 World Cup (plus other years and GOSH, so much more — I can never get over how deeply these layers go. It’s fantastic).

I recently made a trade with the lovely Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads and she is sending me the Portuguese version of Goblet of Fire! OMG!!! It wasn’t here in time for the post but I WILL be updating once it comes in ūüėÄ

Thanks for joining us for another edition of Pub Date! Missed any posts? You can catch up at any time on my blog page for the Pub Date Feature!


Recent Beers 

  • Hildegard’s Saison by Werk Force Brewing Company. Saison¬†// 6.83% ABV.¬†Werk Force is actually the local little brewing company that is both brewing company but really primarily a homebrew shop. Shane and I went to go grab the last of the supplies we needed to start our first all-grain homebrew and they have a little tap room there where you can grab a beer. I’ve been weirdly obsessed with saisons lately and this one was really good! They’re only in a few restaurants right now outside of their taproom so this is not a helpful share but they’re aiming to bottle some soon and get into some local liquor stores in the Chicago Suburbs.
  • Kiwi Snow by Lake Effect Brewing. Saison/Farmhouse Ale¬†// 6.50% ABV.¬†This was another one we had at Chicago Brew Werks¬†and it was a collaboration but on Untappd, it’s just listed as Lake Effect Brewing. It was really good! I think it was actually listed as a white IPA when we were there (the app says saison) but either way, it was a delicious beer. I thought it was going to taste VERY sweet, brewed with kiwi juice and all, but it was really only a light aftertaste which was very pleasant!
  • India Pale Lager (IPL) by Leinenkugel Brewing Company.¬†India Pale Lager¬†// 6.00% ABV.¬†Is it just me or have you never heard of an India Pale Lager? Ale, yes, but lager was something new to me! Really it wasn’t too different from a pale ale. It had a bit more of a malty flavor and felt a little… crisper. (Gosh, people who actually know how to talk about beer probably cringe at my descriptions, but whatever. Books are my forte, friends!)

** Beer styles and alcohol content from Beer Advocate **
** Drink responsibly ** 

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J.K. RowlingTitle: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling
Publishing Info: July 8, 2000 by Scholastic Inc.
Source: Library
Genres: Children's & Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fantasy, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 7, 2014
Related Posts: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2), The Hogwarts Library, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)

    The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can't know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable ...With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller.

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How is it that each time I re-read a Harry Potter book, I find myself amazed all over again? I know I said it before with the first three books, especially with my amazement of how much I enjoyed HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN when it used to be my least favorite book of the series, but honestly. J.K. Rowling really stepped everything up a notch with HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. 

Sure, we stepped from defending the world from a supervillain in the first two books and magical school hijinks to personal vendettas and darker family history in book three, but GOBLET OF FIRE¬†puts Harry in mortal peril preeeeeetty much all year. It’s not as apparent how much time passes int he movies, but Harry is literally involved in the Triwizard tournament all freaking year and pretty much his state in the mortal world depends on how well he can figure out these clues before it’s time to put him in front of another dangerous task that may or may not kill him.

Aside from upping the danger, things also get exponentially darker. Not only is Voldemort still involved, as always, but we learn more about the Death Eaters — his dedicated followers — but also the Unforgivable Curses and so much more about the dark years that preceded Voldemort’s decline. We’ve seen the bad guys punished in previous books and we knew about the awful deaths that occurred when Harry was just a baby, but Goblet of Fire… This book really takes a dive into the deep end of the dark. Bad things happen to¬†good people in this book and there are just some really gut-wrenching moments that even when you know they’re coming still hit you hard.

This is another book whose movie really started to deviate a lot — not even necessarily changing events and specifics but we lose whole plot lines and characters. I’m not necessarily disappointed looking back because of course you can’t adapt¬†everything¬†in a book for a movie, but it’s kind of amazing when you see what has changed and what you totally forgot about. Here are just a few.

  • Ludo Bagman: Remember Ludo Bagman? He’s the head of¬†Magical Games and Sports and once played Quidditch for the Wimbourne Wasps. If you haven’t read the books in a long time and you’ve been watching the movies, I’m sure you remember Ludo Bagman but you wouldn’t¬†believe¬†how much he is actually a part of the books!! He’s involved in so many scenes, from beginning to end!
  • S.P.E.W.: The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, for those who aren’t familiar, was Hermione’s attempt to free the house elves from their lifetimes of enslavement. However……. I was not sorry to see that go. Sorry, not sorry, Hermione. It was a bit much!
  • Winky: To go along with S.P.E.W., Winky was a house elf who also played a very significant part in the book. But again….. eh. Not sorry to see that go and be adapted in a different way! Oh, the movie spoils me in some ways.
  • Rita Skeeter’s “downfall”: I mean, we’re assuming here that you all have read the books if you’re reading my review, but I’ll try to remain mostly spoiler-free here, so Rita! I wish the movie had at least touched on what really happened to her at the end of the book and how Hermione really put her in her place!

My take from the audiobook re-read? This may be a new contender for my favorite Harry Potter book out of all seven. Then again, my current favorites are five and six, so there’s still time for that to change! We’ll have to see how those audiobooks go as well. HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE was just SO good. An amazing book to begin with and so much fun to re-read (for the countless time because I’ve honestly lost track)!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”!¬†All status updates are¬†spoiler-free¬†(no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Harry // Character Obsessions: Triwizard tournament, friends, Sirius, dark wizards, Quidditch.
Harry’s time in the 4th book is pretty much spent with the Triwizard¬†Tournament. ¬†Everything else sort of takes¬†a backseat, naturally! It’s interesting to see Harry mature throughout the series and yet you still see how young he really is. He’s still a teenager and despite how maturely he handles the tournament… He really doesn’t. He doesn’t stay on task and his friends and teachers have to prod him along to make sure he won’t die in the tasks but he always handles things with Voldemort like such a badass. He’s a Gryffindor — brave, but not always motivated haha.
Hermione // Character Obsessions: S.P.E.W., helping Harry, Rita Skeeter.
I love Hermione but… I’m glad they took the whole¬†house elf story line out for the movie! It really started to grate on my nerves because she’s just¬†so obsessed with it.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Goblet of Fire. WOW. I forgot how much I loved this book. Obviously I love the whole series and I always knew I loved GoF but I forgot how awesome this book really was. Based on how my re-reads go with the rest of the books, this may jump in the front on my favorites list!
Left Me Wanting More: Of the series. I immediately wanted to start Order of the Phoenix. But this series will do that to you!

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Re-Read it!

If you haven’t re-read Harry Potter in a long time (or *ahem* if you haven’t read it at all yet) I highly recommend you get on that soon! They just get better with time!

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