This fall, Coney Island Craft Lagers isn't letting summer's fun go without a fight.
Devoted to making good beers but committed to merriment, this brewery has just debuted its blood-red beer, Freaktoberfest (a four-pack of 12 oz. bottles; $10).
Owner Jeremy Cowan felt that there was no need for another Oktoberfest beer. But a true-red lager? That was another matter. Playing off the "oddities and freak shows" of Coney Island boardwalk Americana, he's created a craft beer as unusual as it is food-friendly and refreshing.
Six different malts and six different hops go into Freaktoberfest, which has a head like a black cherry soda. In its fourth year of production, the beer uses a different recipe each autumn, and this year's is hoppier and more bewitching than ever.
More fun: Cowan informs us that Shmaltz Brewing Company (which encompasses both He'brew Beers and Coney Island Craft Lagers) will launch a seven-barrel brewery and tasting room this year in Brooklyn "somewhere between Gowanus and Bushwick."
Hop to it.