Lagunitas Beer Circus

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Time Out says

Put aside all hopes for a quiet, undisturbed pint and embrace the madness of the Lagunitas Beer Circus. The Californian import is setting up shop at London’s Flat Iron Square for one raucous night only. Expect to see contortionists, burlesque dancers, bearded ladies – the whole shebang. Tickets cost £15 and profits are donated to the animal charity Wild at Heart, so you don't have to feel guilty about getting that extra round in. Find out more here

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tastemaker

I did not know what to expect from a “beer circus”, sounds slightly weird and exciting, exactly the type of event you want to go to as a Londoner. I was not disappointed, Lagunitas put on quite a show! Upon entry, we were greeted with delicious IPAs handed by singing eggs (real people dressed up as eggs if you were wondering) before meeting more characters from this crazy circus: the arm wrestler, the flying artist, the disturbing clown and lots of more surprising characters. In terms of animation, they also had a crazy program: live band, clowns playing with swords, thumb wrestling table etc. Last time I had been to a circus was probably when I was about 10 years old, I don’t remember it being that great :). This adult beer circus was the perfect event for Lagunitas and made me discover more beers in their range, too bad it is still quite hard to find it in pubs in the UK because that’s really nice beers (I had the Strawberry Pale Ale after the IPA, a delicious mix). If they ever come back to London, count me in again!

tastemaker

Who would of thought that a beer circus could be so good. 


Beer googles on it was time to get into the swing of this circus from clowns to knife throwers.  There was plenty to do and enjoy it was hard to know what to do first. The beer was also so great. See attached photos which speak a thousand words. 


I hope they return to London again soon.


Joanne of Love Pop Ups London 

tastemaker

What an amazing unusual night. I wasn't sure what to expect but once inside I was surrounded by beer tastings, costumes, circus acts and live bands! So much was going on and it was so much fun. Each circus act had a dark spin, such as barbwire on hula-hoops, hooks through a man's back, needles through necks and lips and even a clown walking up a stair of knives. My husband and I stayed the whole time as we didn't want to miss out on the action. I really hope this event comes back next year and I will be bringing a group and dressing to the theme. Well done team!! Keep up the fab work. Worth every penny!

Tastemaker

What a great night that was! For £15, we’d get two beers and a big bunch of unusual entertainment.

Upon walking in, we were handed a cool-looking can of IPA which, unfortunately, we did not enjoy the taste of but, hey, it was free beer!

Right by the entrance, we got to choose a costume from the many available and get free face glitter paint, which made the 80s 5-year old living inside me very, very happy. On top of these, plenty of transfer tattoos, fake moustaches and coloured hair sprays were available throughout the night.

As we walked through the ‘festival grounds’ we got to meet very odd characters, such as a mime ‘talking’ in a condomed banana. Also, strange people thought that it would be a good idea to volunteer themselves to be face cream-pied – as far as I know, there was not even a prize for it, bless them.

We could use our beer tokens on one of the many Lagunitas beverages available. I chose to go for an oak vanilla fudge stout which I quite liked but definitely had to be drunk with caution as it was 11%!

The circus atmosphere really worked on me and I enjoyed the entertainment a lot: scary clowns, sexy ladies in black latex throwing knives and whipping each other, contortionists – you know the lot. There were also great bands playing in between acts: a 70s cover band, a cross between Nirvana and Elvis cover band, etc.

For the hungry ones, food stalls were available just outside the circus and it was not too busy which was very pleasant as I do not like to wait when I am hungry.

The after-party took place in a Cuban-looking bar right behind the grounds, although I did not really enjoy the music, which was meant to be soul but was more like electro-whatever-you-hear-on-young-people’s-radio.

Last but not least, all the profits for the night went to a dog charity :D

tastemaker

I have to admit that I didn't really know much about Lagunitas before this weekend and the Beer Circus was a fabulous event to showcase the brand.  I don't think I've ever had a cheaper night out in London - so much entertainment, so much beer and so much fun!  The acts were great, if not a little weird and something scary at times...  They engaged well with the audience and I got the feeling that they may have been trying the beers long before the gates opened...  The dressing up and face-painting was great fun, though I will be finding glitter in random places for the next few months...  The event and its premise was relatively simple, but it worked so well.  Everyone was having a fab time from what I could see and it was a really chilled out environment.  I hope these guys put on another event soon!

tastemaker

If I could give this event 6 out of 5 stars, I would. When I bought the tickets for the event, I had imagined it'll be set on stage, with audience enveloping it in a circle, but boy was I wrong! Laguanitas Beer Circus was a complete immersive experience that started off with a bang from the second you stepped in. 


Transformed into a world where everyone is allowed to be themselves, there wasn't an inch within the space that didn't tickle your fancy. It is by far one of the best nights I've ever had in London and if they are coming back, I am there, without a doubt. 

Tastemaker

I’ve been a fan of Las Lagunitas Draft IPA for quite a while, but getting their other beers in UK has always been a struggle, so when I heard about their Beer Circus coming to town, I didn’t think twice. The whole circus village was built especially for the day and with two stages (one for the bands and one for the circus performers), a massive fancy dress parlour and plenty of fan fair games and other entertainment, it was one of the best days in town this summer.


Apart from Las Lagunitas, we had a chance to try an unlimited number of beers from Lagunitas' befriended breweries, like Brixton or Moonlight Brewing Company. I lost count how many beers I tried, but I must say they were all excellent. The Day Time IPA (Lagunitas) was one of the best IPAs I’ve ever tried and the Dead and Taxes (‘black beer’ from Moonlight) – a dark, sweet, malty stout was my second favourite. Sadly, many of the American beers are not available in UK.

When it came to food, we could dine at the regular Flat Iron eateries. A recommended Ekachai and their spicy Nasi Goreng was a perfect match for the beers. 


We stayed at the Beer Circus from the very opening until they kicked us out and we still didn't have enough, hope they gonna be back next year for another round.