The writing has been on the wall for a while, but now it’s official: Sixpoint will no longer be selling cans of Righteous Ale. One of their original year-round staples, along with Sweet Action, The Crisp, and Bengali Tiger, Righteous was left behind when the brewery began selling their core offerings in 6-packs of 12oz cans rather than 4-packs of 16oz cans.
Sixpoint founder Shane Welch confirmed via email, “It did not make the conversion to 6-packs, as you had noted.” The news is not all bad, though. “We are continuing to make Righteous Ale on draft for our loyal customers in New York City,” added Welch. So that’s something.
Righteous was always a favorite of mine–a dark, hopped up IPA brewed with rye malts that add a really enjoyable spiciness to the earthy, piney hop profile. It was the least straightforward of the original four, and just judging from the dates on the boxes you’d find on shelves, it seemed to sell slower than the others, so this isn’t a huge surprise. I’ll miss it, though, and I look forward to seeing it pop up on draft.