Beer shouldn't be a chore to drink. And whether it's the personality and attitude, fresh hops grown outside the brewery, spring water drawn from a pristine aquifer, or regionally specific brewing techniques, beer should also reflect the uniqueness of the environment and culture that produces it. The Coney Island Brewery certainly exemplifies this by using quality ingredients and intriguing label art to reflect the milieu of fabled waterfront attractions dating back to the late 1800s on Brooklyn's Coney Island.
These three beers give you a good taste of what to expect:
Coney Island Lager
Reflecting the ribald frivolity of this turn-of-the-century Playground of the World, Coney Island Brewery's classic dry-hopped American lager features a malty complexity thanks to a broad mix of 2-Row Brewer’s Malt, Flaked Barley, Malted Wheat, Munich Malt, and Vienna Malt. Expressive Warrior, Cascade, Tettnang, and Saaz hops kick up the flavor profile to an expressive, refreshingly balanced sipping experience.
Named after the mysterious half-woman, half-fish beings that have been a part of folklore across the globe since 1000 B.C.E., the legend is celebrated in this light-bodied, crisp-drinking pilsner hopped with Warrior, Tettnang, Amarillo, and Centennial hops while malted with a complex lineup of 2-Row Brewer's Malt, EuroPils, Rye, and Malted Wheat. The overall flavor profile is balanced by a light, fruity, floral hop aroma punctuated by a mild spiciness.
Crafted as a tribute to the artists, musicians, and renaissance souls that staked claim and built their community Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (DUMBO), this deep golden IPA is richly aromatic with a bright bitterness thanks to 2-Row Brewer’s Malt, Caramunich, and Carapils malts enhanced with Warrior, Cascade, Centennial, Citra, and Nelson Sauvin hops — giving it a big, juicy, tropically inspired aroma.