Coney Island Lager–Cafe Grumpy collaboration

Pumpkin-spice espresso ale to debut in fall

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This brew bubbling between the Coney Island and Newtown creeks will get you buzzed in more ways than one.

The coffee snobs at Greenpoint’s Cafe Grumpy are joining forces with Coney Island Lager to create a new coffee-beer blend due to debut this fall — a pumpkin-spice espresso ale. The makers of the People’s Playground’s hometown brew said they reached out to several Brooklyn enterprises about a collaboration, but the Meserole Avenue roaster, famous for its central role on the hit Home Box Office show “Girls,” perked up right away.

“We reached out to a bunch of businesses and some of them were just like, ‘Huh? What are you talking about?’ ” said Alan Newman, president and founder of Burlington-based Alchemy and Magic, which bought Coney Island Lager last year. “But Grumpy, they were really enthusiastic — they jumped at the chance.”

The java gurus said they were eager to blend their beans with another borough business’ wares and were impressed at Coney Island Lager’s attention to detail during the development process.

“They treat every ingredient really seriously. It’s not just a flavoring they throw in there,” said Grumpy founder Caroline Bell.

The result, Bell said, was a caffeine-laced ale like no other.

“It’s two things that people like to drink, together. It’s fun. We taste this coffee every day, but it’s interesting to taste it in a beer,” said Bell. “It’s very subtle, complex, unexpected.”

The cold-coffee collaboration will be brewed this autumn in a small batch, which is the embodiment of what Newman envisions for the planned seaside Coney Island Lager brewer, which he hopes to open by winter 2015. The main brewing and bottling plant will be in Florida, but the Sodom by the Sea suds-works will be a laboratory for new ideas and flavors to be made and distributed locally.

“We want it to be a place where anybody can come in with a concept for a beer, and we’ll work with them to develop it and produce it,” said Newman. “It’s going to be a small-scale place, not a major facility.”

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I hate to be the one to say this, but these people are playing a dangerous game: This idea is nothing more than that of a poor man's "speedball".
Pardon the interruption; please continue.
May 2, 2014, 2:43 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
I like beer, I like coffee. Pretty hard to screw either one up if you stick to the basics. Only hipsters could figure a way to screw both up at once. Does anyone sit around drinking a beer and say: "gee, if this only had coffee in it"? Or having their morning cup and saying: "this would be great if it had beer in it". Hipsters...messing stuff up since 2006......
May 2, 2014, 3:57 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
^^^^^^Apparently this moron has never seen the "Drew Carey Show".
May 2, 2014, 4:21 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
....a true non-hipster show, if you don't mind my saying so, in which they create "Buzz" beer (if my memory "serves" me. Hahaha (get it?)
May 2, 2014, 4:27 pm
ty from pps says:
Wow... Seriously, Swampy. Are you this much of a whiny curmudgeon? Christ on a cracker. Get some fresh air.
May 2, 2014, 4:40 pm
jay from nyc says:
its called cofeahol, this is not new and has been done for decades. Does no one rembor four locos which basically got banned by the FDA? Here is a link to an article about it
May 2, 2014, 5:39 pm
ty from pps says:
I hope they bring back Zima.
May 2, 2014, 8:49 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
So big deal. Brews already come in flavors like chocolate mint, citrusy fruity stuff, probably parmesan, snowpea and all-weather caulk . . .
May 4, 2014, 10:26 pm
whatever from greenpoint says:
Once again, try anything new in Brooklyn and it's automatically dismissed by the "realz brokeland" peeps as "trust funded Ohio transplant living on mommy's credit card (notice they never say daddy's CC for some reason) hipster BS".

It's really sad actually. You're being left behind and missing out on living in an incredible world of exploration and renascence happening where you live. Yeah a lot of it is silly, a lot of it will fail, a lot of it doesn't fit your jersey wearing reality, but why so sacred? You do understand it will NEVER go back to your fantasy "old Brooklyn" EVER EVER EVER again. It's gone, why not just experience your community. The actual real community that now exists no matter how much you huff and puff. You'll be surprised at how much you're missing out on by scowling at everything.
May 5, 2014, 12:29 pm

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