Beers
ALTA VIA ALTBIER

A traditional German style from Dusseldorf, this Altbier balances its hoppiness with a malty, complex base. This beer was fermented on the cold side for an ale, giving it a smooth finish and balanced flavor.

The name for this beer comes from the Latin word "altus," meaning "high," and refers to the rising yeast. The meaning also refers to the "high road" at BIRCUS, where we rise above the day-to-day with a unique brand and brewing experience.
Lagoon

Six kinds of grain bring out a complex character in this Scotch Ale. Chinook hops offset the sweetness while keeping the beer malty and smooth.

 

The Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park was a major entertainment hub in the Cincinnati region from 1895 to 1918 and remains a standout in the history of Ludlow. Funded by the backers of the Cincinnati and Covington Street Railway Company, you could take a streetcar from Fountain Square to the Lagoon entrance in 25 minutes. There was something for everyone: a large lake and boathouse for beach goers, a dance hall and amphitheater for artsy types, a midway with carnival games and food for the masses, and popular rides like the roller coaster Scenic Railway for thrill seekers. Actors, musicians and circus performers from around the world entertained as many as 40,000 people a week. Imagine seeing the Hungarian Royal Orchestra one week and McCart's Dog and Monkey Circus the next. Sadly, before the 1918 season, the park closed with the onset of wartime prohibition banning the sale of alcohol. Let's drink to the Lagoon.

Ludlow

An assertive traditional American pale that has a few non-traditional ingredients.  The clean citrus notes of our Amarillo hops come through to balance the supporting toasted wheat backbone.  A great way to a session beer.

 

Founded in 1846, this quaint Kentucky town on the Ohio River takes its name from landowner Israel Ludlow, whose father of the same name helped found Cincinnati. Prior to the town's platting, the land was awarded to Revolutionary War hero General Thomas Sanford, traded to real estate developer Thomas D. Carneal and sold to showman William Bullock, a guy madcap enough to inspire one of our beers. During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the city grew notably as a rail hub and gained notoriety with the Lagoon Amusement Park. Ludlow's population boomed with new construction in the 1920s and declined when folks moved to the burbs after World War II. In 1946 the city began sponsoring its annual Memorial Day parade for veterans, and the Ludlow Theatre opened its doors. Today Ludlow--connected to the river, railroads, patriotism and entertainment--has seen a revival with new residents, businesses, artists and, the obvious, a circus brewery. Come visit and stay for a beer.

Miss Patterson

This delicately balanced Belgian ale contains an elegant mixture of spices to compliment the present malty sweetness. Straw in color and hazy with a dense ivory head gives evidence of the wheat malt. A refreshing choice for an afternoon.

 

Anne Lee Patterson (1912-2003), graced with allure, class and talent, was a Ludlow native crowned Miss U.S.A. in 1931 at the age of 18 in Galveston, Texas. Dramatically winning the title over actress Dorothy Lamour by one vote, this blonde beauty queen became the "It Girl" of her hometown and country. That same year she was named runner-up in the Miss Universe Pageant and went on to perform in New York City, first in the Ziegfeld Follies and later in the musical Showboat. In 1932 she returned to Ludlow for a parade where music played through the streets and hundreds marched in her honor, followed by more festive hoopla at the city building. Cheers to Miss Patterson who, during the early years of the Great Depression, instilled pride and lifted spirits in the small town of Ludlow.

 

 

Showman

Unapologetically aggressive, our IPA uses a variety of hops to create a blend of nuances that range from earthy to fruity to white wine.  A neutral house yeast keeps the background soft to ensure this beer stays hop forward from start to finish.

 

Ludlow attracts a showman! William Bullock (1773-1849) traveled the world and earned his fortune as a showman presenting artifacts, ballyhoo and curiosities. He opened the museum Egyptian Hall in London in 1812, which later inspired legendary P.T. Barnum to create Barnum's American Museum in New York City. In 1828 Bullock purchased Ludlow from Thomas D. Carneal with the unabashed vision of developing the utopian community Hygeia, named after the Greek Goddess of Health. Bullock's dream went belly-up but his spirit lives on with BIRCUS, created in Belgium and brought to the U.S. through a licensing agreement between Matthias Vermael of Circusplaneet and Paul Miller of Circus Mojo. Like Bullock, Vermael and Miller think outside the big top.