Cirque Alfonse is a young circus company from Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez in the province of Quebec, established in 2005. Its founding members have all worked with some of the most renowned “nouveau cirque” companies around the world. This young company is comprised of a team of professional acrobats graduated from the École nationale de cirque de Montréal, as well as a professional dancer, an ex-skiing champion and three talented and versatile musicians.
In early 2016 the Cirque Alfonse company got in touch with us. Turns out that as well as being incredibly talented performers they were also big fans of big beers. That first year we invited the Cirque Alfonse crew out at the brewery. One Tuesday arvo a couple of car loads of big bearded blokes rocked up and proceeded to drink IIPA, stroke their beards and juggle kegs in their undies. This isn’t something that you see much when you work at a brewery, it was a pretty different day at the office. That year the Cirque Alfonse also performed at the birthday showering themselves in Pirate Life Pale Ale as the finale.
The Alfonse crew came back to Adelaide Fringe again last year to perform their acclaimed Barbu show and once again we spent the festival drinking and enjoying the fringe with some pretty interesting cats from Quebec. They headed back out to the brewery and made a day of it, drinking beers, throwing some kegs around and lifting a few of the brewery crew about as high off the ground as they have ever been…
This year Cirque Alfonse are bringing their new show Tabarnak to the fringe and to celebrate we have collaborated to brew a something special for the occasion. The Cirque Alfonse crew have always been big fans of the Pirate Life Pale Ale and last year at the birthday they were especially taken by the newly brewed Mosaic IPA. So we decided that a little twist on two classics was in order...
Brewed with the Mosaic malt bill and the Pirate Life Pale Ale hop combo the Alfonse Ale is a 5.7% pale ale with a surprisingly unique flavour and aroma considering it is a hybrid of two existing brews. Lighter and easier on the liver than the Mosaic and more delicate in its malt character than the Pale Ale the Alfonse Ale lets the hops do most of the talking. This beer is dripping with Cascades intense grapefruit and pine characters which perfectly complement the fresh tangerine and papaya tones of the Mosaic. The Alfonse Ale will only be be available in South Australia and will be pouring in bars around Adelaide all fringe season.