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Friday, January 30, 2009

Drink of the Week: Coney Island Lager

Whether you’re in it for the football or the ads, Super Bowl Sunday offers the perfect excuse to kick back for a few hours while enjoying some all-American beers. And while Vegas oddsmakers are calling the Arizona Cardinals as the easy-to-beat underdogs against the Pittsburgh Steelers this year, here at Imbibe we aren’t taking sides. Instead, we’ll toast last year’s champs, the New York Giants, with a beer from their home state: Coney Island Lager from Schmaltz Brewing. Coppery gold in color with aromas of floral hops and orange peel, this crowd-pleaser is blended from eight different malts and six types of hops. Complex and balanced layers of sweet, toasted malt and bright citrus unfold around a rich, creamy mouthfeel and finish with lingering orange rind and a palate-cleansing, hoppy bitterness. With a personality unlike many macro-lagers and a portion of the proceeds going toward Coney Island USA, a Brooklyn-based arts non-profit, this beer will go down perfectly with all the Super Bowl Sunday staples: nachos, chili, chicken wings, burgers and cheesy commercials.