Although St. Patrick’s Day is, at least officially, a celebration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, it has become so much more than that in modern times. In many locales, St. Patrick’s Day is all about Irish culture; delicious, hearty food; and — of course — beer. There are many ways to celebrate this fabulous mid-March holiday: going to a local pub, hosting a beer and brisket dinner with friends or attending a big ol’ St. Patrick’s Day parade. If you’re in a learning kind of mood, however, touring a local brewery is a great way to celebrate the holiday and support a local business. This year, we decided it would be fun to pay a visit to one of our favorite local breweries: Brooklyn’s very own Sixpoint Brewery.
Established in 2004, Sixpoint is a small but prolific operation located in Red Hook, a sparsely populated Brooklyn enclave with a rich maritime history. Despite its recent establishment, Sixpoint’s inspiration is deeply rooted in history, both local and ancient. Their logo, for example, is derived from the nautical star (a reference to their location’s seafaring past) and the six-pointed brewer’s star, commonly used as a brand-mark in previous centuries. In terms of the beer itself, the brewery features an assortment of delicious craft ales and lagers, each with its own unique twist and nuanced flavors. The brewery even has a line of seasonal beverages that cater to our changing palates throughout the year — from a light ale for spring to a delightfully rich stout for winter.
As a first-time brewery visitor and a self-proclaimed beer novice, I didn’t quite know what to expect when I came to Sixpoint. Luckily, the small staff of brewers was warm, talkative and insanely informative. Each person spoke enthusiastically about their process and the work that they did at the brewery. After taking probably way too many pictures, I left with a ton of new knowledge and a greater appreciation for the craft of making beer. Check out all the photos from our visit after the jump! — Max
Above image: This bag of grain is waiting to be taken, via tubes, to a shed on the roof, where it will be dropped down into the masher. This bag in particular is filled with 1 TON of grain. Just to clarify — that is a whole lotta beer.