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the greatest beer ever stolen

Batch #1:
Return of the
Black Cloaked Goat

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A puzzle hunt played in the Van Hassler Brewing taproom in Liverpool, NY. The winning team will choose a beer style and ingredients, crafting their own beer that will be brewed and served  by the brewmasters at Van Hassler Brewery!


Date: June 8th, 2024

Time: Doors open at 1p. Game may take 1-2 hours

Place: Van Hassler Brewing, Liverpool NY

Team size: 1-4 players recommended

Price: Drink purchase required

What you need: Notepad, pencil, smartphone or tablet, brain

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Let me tell you a sordid tale of a cursed soul, thievery, and death. But also one of the most delicious beer, all in the same breath. . .

I am Katryn Vassler, brewmaster of an ill-fated prohibition brewery called the Black Cloaked Goat. 


The death I speak of is mine. When my brewery was raided in 1925, I was crushed by a stack of beer barrels. I would rather die than let my beer be dumped by some buttons!


The thievery I refer to is how the ingredients were acquired. The illicit libations served here were produced using delicious loot delivered by Syracuse's finest bandits and smugglers. 


Finally, the cursed soul in this tale is YOU. For I will haunt you until you complete the task that my spirit hands cannot: brewing the greatest beer ever stolen!


Through objects new and old and facts sought and told, you must solve the puzzles that will lead you to rediscover the finest ingredients. Then, you will choose which are needed for the perfect brew—and give it a name.


I cannot rest until you complete my divine recipe and free me from the place of my demise. Fail me, and you will suffer a fate worse than an eternal prohibition! 


Gather your team to decode the past whilst whetting your whistle and using your noodle. Challenges will include picture puzzles, riddles, historical trivia, and more. Solving each puzzle reveals stolen ingredients. The game will be played until a team solves it. The winning team will choose the beer style and ingredients to create the most legendary batch of beer of the Prohibition era! Prizes for 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded.


Good luck to all who embark on this journey through history and hops. Crime and puzzlement will lead to delicious treasure and glory!

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