Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Beat the Brewer in Waning Moon

Beat the Brewer in a drinking game in Baldur's Gate 3.

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If you’re wondering how to defeat the Brewer in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ve come to the right place. This monstrously grotesque character can be found in the Waning Moon Tavern in Act 2, and he challenges you to a drinking game. Our guide tells how you to beat the Brewer as part of the Baldur’s Gate 3 Punish the Wicked quest.

How to Beat the Brewer in Waning Moon in Baldur’s Gate 3

You can beat the Brewer in Baldur’s Gate 3 by passing multiple Constitution and Performance checks. However, this enemy is actually just an optional encounter. The main reason why you would even go to the Waning Moon Tavern to interact with him is if you decided to help He Who Was. The Necromancer tasks you with retrieving a ledger owned by a deceased woman, and it just so happens that it’s in the tavern.

How to Reach Waning Moon Tavern

To reach Waning Moon Tavern, you’ll want to take note of Last Light Inn, which happens to have numerous important objectives, such as saving Isobel and meeting Jaheira, a returning character from the previous games.

From Last Light Inn, go to the south and cross the river, which leads to Reithwin Town. From there, check the building in the southern portion to find the Waning Moon Tavern (X:-224; Y:-70).

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How to Win the Drinking Game

When I got to this location, none of the undead were hostile. I then talked to the Brewer, Thisobald Thorm, the large NPC behind the bar counter. He challenged me to a drinking game. While I can’t confirm it yet, I believe rejecting his offer or losing the bout would lead to a battle.

In any case, I was able to beat the Brewer in Baldur’s Gate 3 by choosing Shadowheart (she does love her ale, after all). Still, make sure you keep a backup save to prepare for mishaps. Here’s a quick summary:

  • I chose [Cleric][Saving Throw] “Whisper a prayer to your god.”
  • There were a handful of DC16 Constitution checks, but Shadowheart had numerous advantages, such as her Constitution stat, the Dark Justiciar Helm, the Resistance spell, and just simply being a Cleric.
  • The Constitution checks alternated with Performance rolls. Although Shadowheart didn’t have high Charisma (which governs the Performance skill), I was still able to succeed.
  • If you do encounter failed rolls, you can use an Inspiration point or just reload a backup save.
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Brewer Rewards

If you succeed in all the rolls in the drinking game, the Brewer will collapse dead. Here are the rewards that I got:

  • Inspirations: I received “I’ve Had Worse” (Outlander) and “Lack of Moderation is Key” (Haunted One).
  • Madeleine’s Ledger: This is the quest item required by He Who Was. You’ll find it in a removable floorboard next to the bar counter.
  • Thisobald’s Brewed-up Bellygummer: This is a very rare potion. Unlock the door behind the counter and check the alchemist’s table at the back to find the recipe.
  • Punch-Drunk Bastard: This two-handed greatclub grants bonuses if your character is drunk.

That’s everything you need to know about how to defeat the Brewer in Baldur’s Gate 3. Don’t forget to return to He Who Was so you can complete the Punish the Wicked quest. For more tips and tactics, visit our BG3 guides hub.

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