Craft beer drinkers who favor cans argue that they are easier to produce and transport, and block out skunking agents like light and oxygen. But here’s another argument in favor of canned beer: You can stack the empties on top of one another and duct tape them together to form a wizard staff. The more you drink, the longer your staff—and the more respect and admiration you demand from your fellow drinkers.
Who would do something this unabashedly (and awesomely) dorky? Well, Über Tavern for one. Apparently Saturday is International Wizard Staff Day, and the Greenlake beer bar is ready to host a few rounds of this drinking game. Uber will be at the ready with canned beer specials and—most importantly—free duct tape. Most 12-ounce cans will go for $2, and tallboys for $3, with the exception of a few higher-end brews.
This is the bar’s first foray into the game known as Wizard Staff, says manager Charlie Wedbee. “According to one of my bartenders, this is an actual thing.”
According to that bastion of airtight facts known as Wikipedia, Wizard Staff has several sets of rules, most of them involve advancing to higher wizarding levels with each beer you consume. With so many craft breweries now canning their products, someone needs to come up with an additional layer of rules where you get more points for drinking the good stuff.
Disclaimer: Wizard Staff Day is not to be confused with Edward Fortyhands, wherein someone has 40-ounce beverages duct taped to his or her hands, and cannot remove the tape and regain the use of digits until both those cans are cashed. We don’t know any bars that encourage that particular drinking game, though upon further reflection anyone old enough to remember the movie Edward Scissorhands has probably moved beyond drinking the game stage of life. But for god’s sake, if you decide to do play Wizard Staff this weekend, don’t drive (or try to fly) home.