Did you know that you can get craft beer made in the heart of Coney Island? Thanks to Coney Island Brewery, there’s some good beer to sip and savor. Their tagline is “Thrill Your Tastebuds”. I’m always up for that.
About two years ago the brewery settled into it’s location on Surf Avenue. There are about 8 rotating beers on tap. Like most breweries that have seasonal and special editions. So there is a new experience every time you go.
I had the pleasure of attending a 4 course beer pairing dinner in the cozy brewery. I got to taste the brewery’s standard beers and special editions. Chef Kate O’Donnell and Coney’s head brewer, Eric Hernandez, curated the pairings for the evening.
Menu for the evening
Oysters on the Half Shell
with Brunch Beer Granita
A Selection of Local Cheese
Fried Green Tomatoes
with Lobster & Heirloom Tomato Salad
Vagabond Wit & Watermelon Wheat
with Mexican street Corn Salad and Poblano Peppers
Merman Imperial Pilsner & Overpass I.P.A.
with Crumbled Oat Topping & Whipped Buttermilk
Tart Cherry Berliner Weiss
The kick off beer, the Mermaid Pilsner, is a light crisp German style pilsner. It’s mildly spice with floral hop aromas. It was one of my favorite beers of the evening. It’s the kind of beer that would be great with seafood.
The beers with the second course, Vagabond Wit and Watermelon Wheat, were interesting contrasts for the second course. While the Vagabond Wit is a Witbier style of beer, the Watermelon Wheat is packed with watermelon on the palate with citrus hops. I preferred the Vagabond Wit with the course. However, the Watermelon Wheat would be perfect to simply sip on a hot summer day.
Next we were off to the Merman Pilsner and Overpass I.P.A. The Merman is similar to the Mermaid Pilsner expect it’s medium bodied and more on malt. With the Overpass I.P.A., it’s bold bitterness and tropical hops are a party on the palate. I did enjoy the Merman, but the Overpass was my go to during this pairing.