Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Coney Island Albino Python

I lived in the New York City suburbs from 1994 until 2002. Peekskill then Yonkers followed by a nicer Yonkers residence after I got married. Do you know what I regret most of all? Not visiting the most famous tourist attractions the city has to offer. Statue of Liberty--nope, not since my Pennsylvania ninth grade class went on a field trip. Empire State Building--only to visit my dentist on the 15th floor. United Nations--same as Statue of Liberty. World Trade Center--only to buy orchids one time and for a job fair another, but not to check it out. You know how that worked out. I did go some places, but feel I just should have paid attention more!

Finally, I almost never went to any tourist attractions outside of Manhattan. I did go to Rye Playland and probably lots of others. But I never ate a hot dog or did the famous roller coaster on Coney Island. If you are smart, you figured out that I did the beer review below, then got all sentimental about New York. Don't get me wrong. Despite missing some things, I DO NOT want to move back there, but South Florida is also such a major drag. OK, enough.

Tonight I'm drinking Coney Island Albino Python brewed by Shmaltz Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, New York. You start with the clown face cap followed by a very busy label. Circus woman and albino snake kissing. The proceeds from this beer help support a non profit called Coney Island USA, which exists to defend the honor of lost forms of American popular art and culture. Keep looking and you see exclamations like, "Indulge Your Inner Beer Freak!" and "Lager Freaks & Beer Geeks!" Finally, a quote from Beer Advocate, just so you know it's OK to drink: "...There's no reason why the world shouldn't be drinking this... We dig it!"

Spicy coriander, wheat and a little fruity aroma. Flavors have more of a lemon and orange citrus start, but there is definitely no missing the coriander spices. A little black pepper also makes things interesting but balances with a sweeter honey flavor. Definitely an interesting beer! There is a hint of sour that keeps dodging in and out, too. On the lighter side of medium bodied with solid medium carbonation. Mostly refreshing. Check it out because you'll probably like it!

The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food -- Garrett Oliver

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marie said...

"that's what she said."

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I was going to comment on the bottle lady's personality, but I took a pass this time.