Pound for pound, Coney Island Human Blockhead(TM) is a finely crafted professional. 8 specialty malts of barley, wheat, rye, and oats create an enormously developed body. Juggling 6 hop varieties from European Noble roots to American Pacific Northwest new school flavors balances this weighty task. Traditional proprietary Lager yeast shines true elegance on this innovative recipe for a complex demonstration of pure enjoyment. 10% alcohol nails it home.
Originally developed by renowned magician and sideshow performer Melvin Burkhart, the "human blockhead" stunt remains a staple at the Coney Island sideshow to this day. With Burkhardt leaving after 25 years of performance in Coney Island, the act is kept alive by the current MC of the CI Sideshow, Donny Vomit. The sideshow runs from April – September, and since Donny joined in 2004, he has performed over 2,000 shows. He comments, "As a kid, I always thought it would be cool to have an action figure made after me, but having a kickass beer is a whole lot better. Drink my beer!!" Coney Island Human Blockhead(TM) pays delicious tribute to the wildly mustachioed MC and the legacy of this shocking act.
Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. Now Available In 4 Packs
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the tragic death of legendary satirist Lenny Bruce (R.I.P.A. in 22 oz. bottles was initially released on August 3, 2006), Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. is brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops, and soars to 10% alc. With shocking flavors far beyond contemporary community standards, Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. has been touted by beer aficionados and critics alike as The Most Radical Jewish Tribute Beer ever created. Shmaltz is proud to introduce Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. in 4 packs (12 oz. bottles) as a new year-round offering starting in January 2010.
Shmaltz's Coney Island Craft Lagers(TM) Win 4 Craft Beer Awards in 2009
Coney Island Human Blockhead(TM) took home the National Grand Prize in the "Loose Lager" category at the United States Tasting Championship (July 2009). With rigorous field trials held over a one-month period and a concentration on six different regions around the country, Shmaltz's seasonal attraction won alongside other Grand Champions such as Farmhouse Ale (Smuttynose), In-Heat Wheat (Flying Dog) and Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale (Rogue).
Coney Island Human Blockhead(TM) also took Second Place in the "Strong Lager" category at the 2009 Manitou Springs Craft Lager Festival in Manitou Springs, CO (August 8 & 9, 2009). The Craft Lager Festival annually recognizes the highest quality craft lagers with awards in several style categories. The festival is unique as its staffed solely by volunteers who put on the event to benefit open space and parks in their local communities, and to support the remarkable art of craft brewing.
At Hotoberfest in Atlanta, GA (October 3, 2009), Coney Island Albino Python(TM) was awarded a Silver Medal in the Best Brew Competition. Hotoberfest features a consumer-voting competition where all of the awards are based on public opinions of the attendees at the event. Coney Island Albino Python(TM) also received 1st Place in the "Other" category at the West Coast Brew Fest in Sacramento, CA (May 16, 2009), and the Los Angeles Times named Coney Island Albino Python(TM) the "Beer of the Month" in January 2010. Check out the Los Angeles Times highlight here:http://tinyurl.com/latimesalbinopython