Topic Archives: Coney Island

Posted in Beer News, Shmaltz Brewing

Coney Island Is Worlds Smallest Brewery, 1 Gallon At A Time

One gallon at a time, Coney Island becomes a true “nano” brewery.   Fully licensed on June 24, 2011, the brewing system is capable of yielding 1 gallon per batch. That’s the same amount a jug of milk.  The tiny production brewery is nestled amidst the magical land of Coney Island in New York.  The beers are just as creative and unique as Coney Island itself.  Local guest brewers and home brewers are invited to brew some wild, unconventional recipes.  Beers like Horny RYEnocerous, Zomerfest, Mexi Kolsch (a take off a Mexican Lager), and Korndog Kolsch (yep, a hotdog flavored beer.)

… the CIBC brewing staff will craft three original beers each week to be bottled and sold at the brewery in collectible Coney Island Brewing Company packaging. All recipes brewed at CIBC are exclusive releases inspired by the local artistic and gastronomical landscape. Recent batches include a Pumpernickel Bagel Porter; a Red, White, and Blueberry Hefeweizen; and a Caramel Apple Ale. Shmaltz Brewing’s Coney Island Craft Lagers® and HE’BREW Beers® are also for sale at the brewery, and a limited amount of beer sampling will be available on premise.

On August 10th, Coney Island hosts the worlds tiniest ribbon cutting ceremony from 5:30-8:30 pm

Below is a pic of the tiny brewing system at Coney Island Brewing Co, featuring Fritz Fernow brewing up Horny RYEnocerous.

Posted in New Releases, Shmaltz Brewing

Blockhead Gets Barrel Aged. Go Get It.

Coney Island Barrel-Aged Blockhead

Coney Island Barrel-Aged Blockhead

Shmaltz Brewing has just released a barrel aged edition of Human Blockhead.  The beer has almost become iconic, featuring Donny Vomit, a human pin cushion and part of the real Coney Island Freakshow. (And a nice guy to boot, with and without things up his nose.) Human Blockhead is assertive doppelbock even before it finds it’s way into bourbon barrels.

Barrel-Aged Coney Island Human Blockhead® features eight specialty malts of barley, wheat, rye and oats, and six hop varieties ranging from European Noble roots to American Pacific Northwest new school flavors. An imperial American bock aged in fresh first-use Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels, Human Blockhead’s® enormously developed body is rounded out by flavors of oaky deliciousness.

Style: Doppelbock (Barrel Aged)
Hops: Crystal, Liberty, Cascade, Warrior,Tettnang,
Malts: Specialty 2 Row, Munich, Vienna, Crystal Rye, Pale Crystal, Flaked Oats, Rye Ale

Availability: 22oz bombers. 4th Release in barrel aged series

10% ABV

Posted in Beer History, Beer News, Shmaltz Brewing

George Washington’s “Small Beer” Brewed Again

A beer George Washington drank before sending the English packing for good has been brewed again.  Among the collected writing of America’s first president was a handwritten recipe for “small beer” from 1757.  The New York Public Library is in possession of this recipe.  It was in a notebook from when he was a Colonel in Virginia. The recipe reads:

Take a large Siffer [Sifter] full of Bran Hops to your Taste. — Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall[ons] into a cooler put in 3 Gall[ons] Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & St[r]ain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yea[s]t if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blank[et] & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask — leave the bung open till it is almost don[e] Working — Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.

The recipe resembles a porter, no doubt drawing from English roots.  Shmaltz/Coney Island Brewing will be recreating this original recipe for The New York Public Library’s 100th Anniversary.  Only 15 gallons will be created, with half staying true to the original recipe & half using malted barley instead of molasses. The name? “Fortitude’s Founding Father Brew”. Washington was a well known beer drinker, & home brewer. It is mentioned that upon British troops leaving New York, Washington celebrated with a pint at Bull’s Head Tavern.  <MSNBC,>

Posted in Coming Soon, Shmaltz Brewing

BOOK RELEASE: Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah

Jeremy Cowan, Founder of Shmaltz Brewing Company (and the Coney Island Brand) just authored a new book – “Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah”.  It’s basically a memoir on the founding of Shmaltz Brewing, and it’s growth since it’s inception 13 years ago.

From the press release:
Shmaltz Brewing Company was awarded the gold medal for “Best American Craft Beer” and the overall “Best in Show” by Beverage World Magazine, 2010.  Established by Jeremy Cowan in San Francisco in 1996 with the first batch 0f 100 cases of He’brew Beer bottled, labeled, and delivered by hand, Shmaltz has sold over eight million bottles of beer to date.  Along with their acclaimed line of He’Brew Beers, Shmaltz introduced its sidewshow-inspired Coney Island Craft Lagers in 2007.  Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distingushed media outlets as The New York Times, CNN, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and The Onion.

The book will be available online soon, and Jeremy will be making appearances and book signings in Atlanta.  Stay tuned.

Posted in Seasonal Return, Shmaltz Brewing

SEASONAL RETURN: Coney Island Freaktoberfest

Here’s a beer that challenges your take on a traditional oktoberfest. Why? This beer is malty like a marzen, but doesn’t stop at straying into amber ale territory. Want something even more unique? It pours red.

Commercial Description:
Arise & take possession of this bewitching offering of the season.  Crafted to lure your spirit’s deepest rapture.  Conjured to exorcise the grim horrors of teh armies of souless drafts everywhere.

Beer Rundown:

Style: Red Ale
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Willamette, Hallertau, Northern Brewer
Malts: Canadian Pale Ale, Wheat Malts, German Munich, Vienna, British caramel.

Taste Expectations: Sweet malts with flavors of fruit.  Some notes of berries.  Earthy hops. Awesome red color. Think Halloween.

Availability: 12oz/6pks.  Seasonal offering.

6.66% ABV