Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Beer pick of the week: Coney Island Lager

Posted By on Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 5:31 PM

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Coney Island Lager

Schmaltz Brewing Company

Saratoga Springs, NY

5.5% ABV

Jeremy Cowan may be dedicated to brewing delicious beer and delicious schtick, but there is nothing corny about Schmaltz’ American amber lager, which breaks the mold of this typically tepid style. Hewing close to the German traditions of Munich and Vienna malts for caramel smoothness and noble Saaz and Hallertau hops for a pleasing floral aroma, this kosher brew is satisfying and delicious. A honey sweetness is perfectly balanced with a fruity tartness of lemon and apple. Easy drinking, as befits a beer celebrating the boardwalk, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Coney Island Foundation.

(Photo by Jeff Holland)

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