Coming to Coney Next Summer: ‘The World’s Smallest Brewery’


Were just full of questions about Phony Island today. One of them is: Will we even want to go there next year without taking a Virginia Woolfstyle walk into the water? But heres a more answerable one: If not the Brooklyn Brewery, then just which Brooklyn brewery has plans to open a beer hall there? Our first guess, naturally, is Shmaltz, the good folks behind Coney Island Craft Lagers. So we called up founder Jeremy Cowan.

This summer Shmaltz opened the worlds smallest brewery at the corner of Surf and 12th Street till now its been a self-described performance art project, turning out wacky microbrews such as funnel cake, cotton candy, and candy-apple red ale just one gallon at a time. But it hasnt been licensed to serve them (the beers that come out of Shmaltzs Saratoga Springs plant are available at the nearby Freak Bar). However, Cowan tells us that next year, he expects to be fully licensed to sell esoteric beer styles at the microbrewery, which will double as a tasting room.

Its not the only thing he has up his sleeve: Were talking to everybody involved about doing more, and were planning on having a bigger presence over time. So does that mean a beer hall? I dont want to commit to anything in particular, he says, though he says its possible that the Times source was thinking of Shmaltz when they mentioned a Brooklyn brewer.

So, the mystery isnt quite solved yet, but hey cotton-candy beer next summer!