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In our series, Ask Your Local Brewery, Brooklyn Magazine poses questions to New York City's beermakers. The latest question is: Why did you open your brewery in NYC? Shane C. Welch, Sixpoint When we opened in Brooklyn in 2004, we were the first wholesale production brewery to start their production and succeed in New York City in nearly 50 years. All others had failed or closed shop. How things have changed in the past 11 years...
This past Polar Vortex winter, I do believe I set a personal record for bourbon consumption. As temperatures plummeted and sidewalks turned to tundra, I steadily drained liter bottles of Benchmark and W.L. Weller. Brown spirits warmed me as banshee winds whipped through my poorly insulated Crown Heights apartment and provided courage as I took my dog on teeth-chattering walks, praying he’d relieve himself before hypothermia took hold. Before my will and liver were permanently...
On Saturday, Crown Heights’ neo-beer hall Berg’n hosted a Kentucky Derby-themed beer release party for Sixpoint’s Jammer Gose, the latest in the Red Hook brewery’s Mad Scientist Series. The event, lovingly titled “Get Jammed, Seersucka!,” featured a costume contest, Derby-inspired food, buckets of Sixpoint cans and a special sudsy twist on the Mint Julep. To say that people got into it would be an understatement: springy pastels, wide-brimmed hats and dapper three piece suits...
On Saturday, armed with my reporter’s pad, a trusty pen and an empty stomach, I took the train deep into Queens (a borough I love and cherish and would never trash talk ever). My friend Hayley and I had scored passes to the second annual Bacon and Beer Classic at the Mets’ Citi Field stadium, a one-of-a-kind beer festival and seasonal meetup for Future Heart Attack Victims of the New York Metropolitan Area. As...