By Hook Or By Crook! Oncers Drink For A Good Cause!
I’m a huge fan of Once Upon A Time. While the plot has its ups and downs, I’ve always invested in the characters first and foremost. Two of my favorite characters are Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) and Killian Jones (Colin O’Donoghue). I had the honor of meeting Mr. Maguire a few years ago at Dragon Con. He’s incredibly sweet and surprised me with a hug. I hope one day I get to meet Mr. O’Donoghue. Until then, I keep pretty good tabs on their and all the actors’ social media pages.
You can imagine my excitement on March 3rd, 2016 when Mr. Maguire announced on his Instagram that he and Mr. O’Donoghue were brewing a beer together. They teamed up with Vancouver’s Main Street Brewing to make the bohemian pilsner “By Hook or By Crook” released on March 30th, 2016.
This is a fantastic treat for fans of Once, but that’s not even the best part. If you go to Main Street Brewing and buy a bottle, part of the proceeds go to Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver.
“The mission of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for women from all walks of life, who live and/or work in the Downtown Eastside. To achieve this goal, the Centre provides supportive surroundings with meals, counseling, advocacy and programs which nurture and empower members.”
This is a fantastic cause! Women’s shelters are always in need of donations and volunteers to provide a path for domestic abuse victims to recover. Heck, I talked about this back at Christmas! What a great way to add something fun into the fandom and help people in need.
But Hope! I don’t live in Vancouver! How can I get some sweet Oncer beer merchandise and help the DEWC?
I’m so glad you asked! I feel your pain, non-Vancouver Oncers. I wish there was a way to ship two bottles to myself, one to drink and one to keep. You can still participate!
Main Street Brewing has gone one step further adding a website where you can buy shirts, coffee mugs, bags, etc. with the “By Hook or By Crook” logo on it! All the proceeds go to the DEWC.
Main Street Brewing has already raised $5000 for the DEWC by selling close to 400 items! They’re not finished yet. They tweeted out they want to get to the 500 mark. Oncers, let’s get them to that mark! Hell, let’s help them sell 1,000 items! Trust me when I say that I know that money can be tight. You might not be able to buy a shirt. In that case, promote this cause! A facebook post is free. Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and putting this on your social network is free! Get out there and show your support!
Mr. O’Donoghue and Mr. Maguire put in a ton of work to make “By Hook or By Crook” special. With all the shipping wars and online bullying, I love seeing a fandom and actors come together to do some good. I saw it for years when I worked for The Harry Potter Alliance. Last Christmas, I helped with Art for Green Wish to raise money for Raphael Sbarge’s organization. This is what fandom should be used for. We have the power to do good and change the world. Once Upon A Time is about hope and the power of love. Lets show our love by giving the women at the DEWC the hope they need to take a step towards recovery.
Remember the lyrics from the band Harry and the Potters:
The Weapon we have is Love.
Sources include the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Main Street Brewing, Mr. Maguire, and Mr. O’Donoghue’s social media pages. Sorry for stalking them for this article!