Ocean brews: A new beer fest is brewing in Coney Island - Brooklyn Paper

Ocean brews: A new beer fest is brewing in Coney Island

Boardwalk brews: A bartender at Coney Island institution Ruby’s Bar & Grill serves up a Coney Island Brewing beer.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Get beer-sodden by the sea!

A new craft beer carnival is brewing in Coney Island, with more than 50 suds slingers from around the country set convene at MCU Park on July 12 for the first Coney Island on Tap festival. It is far from the only beer festival to hit Brooklyn, but it may be the best-looking, said the organizer.

“I’d never been to Coney Island but I immediately fell in love with the iconic and unique setting,” said AJ Bodden of Townsquare Lifestyle Events, who scoured venues all over New York City in search of the perfect location. “You have everything — a baseball stadium, a beach, a boardwalk, and a city.”

The $40 festival ticket (or $50 at the door) buys beer lovers three hours of unlimited sampling of more than 100 local and out-of-state brews. Brooklyn will be represented at the fest by KelSo, Sixpoint, and, of course, Coney Island Brewing Company. The Coney-themed brewery will be serving up three of its signature offerings, including its Mermaid Pilsner — which employs the unconventional technique of adding dried hops to the brew to give it a fruity, floral aroma — and its new summer seasonal Tunnel of Love — which is made with watermelon.

“We want to hit the sweet spot that encompasses full-flavored craft beer offerings with a fashionable twist,” said brewery “ringleader” Mike Sheehan.

Coney Island Brewing, which began as an offshoot of New York’s Shmaltz Brewing Company and is now owned by the same company that produces Sam Adams, is in the process of building a new brewery in the People’s Playground.

“We’re really excited about being a part of the revitalization of Coney Island and beer in New York City,” he said.

Coney Island on Tap at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449–8497, www.coneyislandontap.com]. July 12 at 1–4 pm and 5–8 pm. $40 in advance, $50 at the door.

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