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Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Auburn's Prison City Pub & Brewery has collaborated with Cooperstown's Brewery Ommegang to make a new beer for the beginning of summer.

Releasing Friday at both breweries will be Prost Cologne, a dry-hopped Kölsch with both the crispness of the classic German style and the fruity characteristics of hoppier beers. It is 5% alcohol by volume and features a traditional Kölsch malt base, German yeast and Saaz, Huell Melon and Mosaic hops. The breweries suggest pairing the beer with barbecue foods like grilled bratwurst and chicken.

Prison City brewer Ben Maeso and co-owner Marc Schulz traveled to Ommegang to make the beer in April after a year of developing the recipe, the breweries announced in a news release.

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"Honestly, from the moment we found out, we were all just tickled sideways it might, and eventually, did, happen," Marc Schulz said in the release. "(Co-owner Dawn Schulz), Ben and myself have long admired Ommegang, and consider the brewery to be one of the breweries 'that first turned us on, man.'"

Ommegang innovation manager Justin Forsythe added, "One of the best parts of this collaboration has been making friends with such a terrific group of people. The Prison City brewing team is clearly raising the bar for outstanding beers coming out of New York state, and it was an honor to collaborate on a beer that both of our breweries were excited to brew together and share."

Beginning Friday, Prost Cologne (a play on the name of music star and Syracuse native Post Malone) will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft at Ommegang, on draft at Prison City at 28 State St., Auburn, and in Wegmans stores across New York state. 

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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