BROOKLYN, N.Y. — For the fifth year in a row, Coney Island Brewery has partnered with Brooklyn’s own Café Grumpy to bring Freaktoberfest Big Ol’ Pumpkin Ale to the coffee and beer fans of New York. Using Café Grumpy’s signature Heartbreaker blend espresso beans, Coney Island’s Freaktoberfest Big Ol’ Pumpkin Ale is a hauntingly complex, copper-hued, pumpkin and espresso ale with a rich body and hints of allspice and cinnamon. This beer has an ABV of 6.2% and will be available in 6-packs of bottles and on draft throughout New York.
The partnership, which began back in 2013, was a natural fit for both Brooklyn establishments. Freaktoberfest was the first fall beer brewed by Coney Island and was the first of many to utilize NY-local ingredients.
“The launch of Freaktoberfest is one of our favorite times of year! We get excited to taste our signature Heartbreaker espresso blend within the complex spiced pumpkin flavor notes of the beer,” said Caroline Bell, of Café Grumpy. “These past five years, collaborating with Coney Island Brewing Company on Freaktoberfest, has been a fun, flavorful ride.”
In addition to Freaktoberfest, Coney Island also works with Café Grumpy on their annual limited release of Super Freak. Part of the brewery’s Sideshow Series, Super Freak takes Freaktoberfest to the next level. Brewed with pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, lemon peel, brown sugar and utilizing Café Grumpy’s cold-brewed Rwandan roast, Nyarusiza, this bold beer comes in at 9.1% ABV.
“I couldn’t be more excited to continue this partnership with Café Grumpy, they’re one of my favorite places to grab coffee in town,” said Head Brewer Matt McCall. “Coming from the culinary world, it’s really exciting to utilize NY-local ingredients in our beer, while supporting our BK neighbors.”
Freaktoberfest will be available on draft at select accounts and in 6-packs throughout New York beginning mid-August. Super Freak will be available on-tap at the brewery starting September 15 and at select accounts during Coney Island Brewery’s Freak Week, September 17-22. Super Freak will also be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans during the brewery’s annual Freaktoberfest event on September 22 to cap the week.
For a list of locations that sell Coney Island beer visit: coneyislandbeer.com/beers/find.
About Coney Island Brewing Company
The mission of Coney Island Brewing is to brew craft beer that captures the spirit, flavor and romance that is Coney Island. The company’s home brewery, located on Surf Avenue in Coney Island, is open seven days a week. For more information, visit us online at: www.coneyislandbeer.com, like us onFacebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @coneyislandbeer. Coney Island Brewing Company is an A&S Brewing Collaborative brand, a subsidiary of the Boston Beer Company.
About Café Grumpy
Brooklyn’s own Café Grumpy has been bringing delicious coffee to New Yorkers since 2005 with an approach that emphasizes transparency, working directly with coffee producers and developing sustainable relationships. Coney Island Freaktoberfest and Overpass are registered trademarks of Coney Island Brewing Company.