For whatever reason, you may have had to cut down on your beer drinking. Perhaps your boss/liver/sponsor/spouse told you to. Perhaps you have to take medication and you actually want it to work. If you have had to escort your drinking days politely to the door, but miss them terribly, you know how hard it is to watch people waste precious time on bad beer.
I only drink once in a while now, and when I do, I want it to be special. A few posts ago, I wrote about Coney Island Lager, from Shmaltz Brewing. Not only was this an awesome beer, but proceeds from the sale of the beer go to Coney Island USA, which is devoted to keeping lost forms of popular arts and culture alive and preserving New York’s historic Coney Island neighborhood. I knew that Shmaltz made other beers, and I wondered if I would ever see them here in the Midwest.
This weekend, I found more Coneys at my local liquor establishment. Albino Python is a white lager spiced with ginger, fennel, orange peel, and coriander. I am not normally a wit fan (as I have a low tolerance for orange peel), but this beer balanced the spices with a nice hop background. I especially tasted the ginger and fennel. Sword Swallower is a hoppy lager with eight hops and four malts and weighs in a 6.8 percent ABV. This one is just as strong as one would need it to be, with the alcohol not even making much of an impact until you've appreciated how finely this beer is crafted.
My beer drinking now happens only slightly more frequently than my sword swallowing (insert suggestive joke here), so I am freaking delighted to find more Coney Island beers.