Last night I attended a PRIVATE Shmaltz Beer Tasting over at the Blind Tiger, thanks to Foodbuzz. Though this event was ironically held the night BEFORE Passover ended, I figured it was a unique opportunity that God had bestowed upon me. I mean it’s HE’BREW!
After making my peace with breaking Passover and arriving at the Blind Tiger I was immediately bombarded with dozens of eager beer drinkers, which I later learned were beer bloggers. Needless to say, the place was packed and I was happy to be among my fellow beer aficionados! Eventually Shmaltz reps Matt Polacheck and Sean Lynch found Christophe (of Chez What) and I and gave us a rundown on the 12 beers (coincidence I, think not) Shmaltz was serving that night.
After assessing our palettes, Matt & Sean decided to serve us a tasting of HE’BREW’s Coney Island Sword Swallower, Rejewvenator, Jewbelation 12, and Coney Island Human Block Head (Aged in Jack Daniel’s Barrels). These four beers, as well as the others are considered to be vintage brews which will no longer be served (at least in NY) after Blind Tiger taps out. Lucky us!
Before last night, I hadn’t even heard of Shmaltz’s Coney Island line. Apparently Coney Island USA, a non-for-profit Coney Island corporation, approached Shmaltz about an exclusive line of “experimental lagers” to generate income for Coney Island. Though Shmaltz was hesitant at first, they decided to amuse themselves by designing a comical and entertaining line of lagers to reflect the personalities of Coney Island’s finest Sideshow talent. Shmaltz created a circus of five beers featuring Coney Island’s top Sideshow acts which later became Coney Island Craft Lagers.
But despite the successful specialty circus line, Shmaltz’s original line began with HE’BREW. Their existence began with Messiah Bold and later created Genesis Ale, which are still the only two beers sold in 6-packs at retail stores today. Thankfully, HE’BREW was blessed with the births of many other joyous lagers including the Rejewvenator, my favorite of the four lagers I’d tasted. The Rejewvenator is unique in that its half lager-half ale (lager yeast that has been converted to ale) and naturally sweetened with California fig juice. Though the other HE’BREWs were excellent I believe the Rejewvenator really stood out from the rest; with the Jewbelation 12 coming to a close second probably just because of the 26 ingredients it took to brew it!
Now HE’BREW celebrates 13 wonderful years of livelihood (Mazel Tov!), and you have to be wondering, what’s up next? All I can tell you right now is, expect a BAR-MITZVAH lager made from 13 malts, 13 hops, brewed every 13 hours and served in 13 countries, 13 times a year OR some similar shtick.
For the details on the Shmaltz Brewing Company and specific vintage brews you’ll have to check back tomorrow…
And to find Shmaltz Beer Tastings at a city near you, visit HE’BREW’s MySpace page.
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