National launch for beers from innovative US brewer


Sixpoint-Brewery cans

Beers from Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn have been launched full-scale into the UK through a new partnership with importer Heathwick.

Known for its innovative and hoppy beers, Sixpoint is sending over a core four-strong range which will be followed by limited editions and seasonal specials.

Sweet Action, at 5% ABV, is part blonde ale, part wheat beer and part pale ale, while The Crisp, at 5.4% ABV, is a pilsner with a huge floral aroma that finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Its IPA, Bengali, at 6.6% ABV, is very clean, with a big tropical hop character up front and a dryness on the back end. It gets its name from the foam rings on the inside of the empty glass that resemble tiger stripes.

Resin, at 9.1% ABV, is an imperial IPA, said to “slap you with serious unfiltered dankness”. It is described as hop candy up front but super clean.

All beers are available in cases of 24 x 355ml nanokeg cans from selected wholesalers as well as 30-litre kegs.

Graham Richardson, general manager of Heathwick, said: “The national launch of Sixpoint in the UK is one of the most exciting and biggest US craft beer launches in years.

“Sixpoint may be familiar with some craft beer lovers due to its present limited availability and following, but we’re going to bring the full potential of the brewery to the UK to feed the continual thirst for quality American craft beer that shows no sign of abating.”

Max Nevins, vice president of marketing at Sixpoint, added: “The UK has an incredible beer culture and history that served as a bridge for many of us into craft beer and was the inspiration for many early Sixpoint beers. That’s part of why it’s been so gratifying to see the reception of our beers over the last few years.

“We get a ton of fun messages from people in the UK raving about Resin and Bengali, going wild over the aromatics and potency. Now we go next level – we’re going to send a broader variety of beers and even start sharing some rare and specialty stuff.

“Our expansion gives fans the ability to take our beer home with them for the first time, as well as have a proper pint of draught across the UK.”

Sixpoint was born out of an 800-square foot garage in Brooklyn in 2004 by home brewer-turned-professional Shane Welch. Its name is derived from the six-pointed brewers’ star that appears on equipment and brewery walls since medieval times.

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