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Seattle Beer Week Essentials: The Coney Island Circus Comes to Town

Three chances to see a human blockhead while drinking Coney Island beers.

By Jessica Voelker May 18, 2011

Donny Vomit


Coney Island Craft Lagers is a New York division of Shmaltz Brewing, which also owns Hebrew in San Francisco. It has a partnership with Coney Island Circus Sideshow, one of the oldest circus attractions in the country, per Zak Davis of Shmaltz.

The brewery even joined the Sideshow by the Seashore at the Coney Island Amusement Park, Davis told me. There, it bills itself as the “world’s smallest brewery.”

Coney Island has represented at Seattle Beer Week for the prior two years as has Donny Vomit—a performer with the Coney Island Sideshow who hammers nails into his face for your entertainment. Also he swallows swords. Coney Island’s Human Blockhead imperial American bock was named in Vomit’s honor. (I wonder if focus groups were required in order to switch the name from Donny Vomit imperial American bock. Because that doesn’t sound very tasty to me.)

If you’d like to see him do his thing while sampling some Shmaltz brews (including Blockhead) you can do that by attending any of three Beer Week happenings, all of which have pretty fun names.

Those are these:

1. Davis and Vomit will be at Malt and Vine in Redmond for an event called Shmaltz and Vine. That’s on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

2. That same night, they travel to Unicorn on Capitol Hill, our city’s most circusy bar, for Carnies and Cornies. “Cornies” refers to corn dogs, which Unicorn makes in its little circus bar kitchen. Davis and Vomit will be there from 8 to 11pm.

3. On Friday, May 20 from 9 to 11:45pm it’s Kulture Freaks at Brouwer’s. Burlesque dancers and a mini Gene Simmons will perform alongside Vomit, who M.C.s.

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