CARNIVAN BREWING COMPANY launches beer devoted to hypnotic experimental rock family, Bonnacons of Doom.

When a brewery and heavy psych band come together, blinding sparks of mutual inspiration clash to create great, fizzing things.

When the Bonnacons of Doom and Carnival Brewing Company started talking about a special, one-off beer the outcome was inevitably loud; deliciously punchy, indelible and truly awesome – PRACATAN was conceived.

One long night, Carnival Brewing’s, Dom spent with the Bonnacons riffing on their favourite beer styles.

Would it be a strong complex heavy or a dark and bold imperial stout? But as is the way with the Bonnacons, there was a twist up their sleeves.

It was singer, Kate’s idea to create something akin to her favourite cocktail, the Margarita. Fresh and zingy; Kate wanted something with notes that cut through the mix, mirroring the uplifting and euphoric elements of the band’s sound.

Dom hotfooted it back to Ade’s garage to formulate and master the next Carnival beer.

Bursting with excitement, Dom and Ade planned the beer and the recipe gestated; ingredients were ordered and while the fledgling Liverpool brewery was being fitted and installed the recipe finally came together.

All it needed now was to be christened. Raise a can and shout it loud “PRACATAN”.


We made a light sour beer and added dulse, originally the Irish seaweed which was sourced by Ade’s Mum, from his home city of Belfast. We added loads of rock salt, lime zest and lime puree to create a delicious, straw-coloured beer that spins the taste buds into a maelstrom of zingy freshness.

Once the small-batch beer was trialled on customers at Carnival Brewing’s tasting room bar in Liverpool city centre, the brewers upscaled the recipe ready for canning.

The resulting beer is a 4.6% lime gose, perfect for enjoying with your dinner, maybe as an aperitif or while listening to a Bonnacons album.

Artwork and film by Sam Wiehl. Music: ’Dulse’ a taster of the band’s first new music this year, written in the darkest days of lockdown.

Dom Hope-Smith, co-founder and Director at Carnival commented: “we love the Bonnacons, their sonic overload, stage presence and love for performance. We loved the idea of creating something new and unique for the band and its fans, so Pracatan became a thing. Our ethos for collaboration, creative partnerships and joining different creative outlets inspired our journey to form the brewery, which opened in Liverpool city centre in December 2019.”

PRACATAN is available to buy online now and in some independent beer shops.

Bonnacons album is available via Rocket Records via their Bandcamp page

Carnival Brewing Company was formed in 2018 by Dom Hope-Smith and Ade Burke, originally starting out as a hobby in Dom’s kitchen, the business was formed and moved into Ade’s garage before finally moving to Unit 3, King Edward Rise in Liverpool City centre. The brewery has a tasting room bar which during usual times is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday – the brewery’s shop can deliver delicious craft beer to your door within 24 hours – visit to find out more.

Carnival sourced the delicious Dulce from Gillian ( in Carnlough.

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