Shane C. Welch and Andrew Bronstein, the owners of Sixpoint Craft Ales, chose the six-pointed star for their company’s logo, because the symbol has been used by brewers to signify purity and excellence since the Middle Ages. Welch and Bronstein teamed up through a mutual brewer-friend at Angelic Brewing Company in Madison, Wis., where both attended college, and they sold their first Sixpoint keg in February 2005. This Red Hook brewery offers 21 varieties of specialty ale, including four regular beers and additional ones in rotation. The ales are made from barley, malt, hops, yeast and “the finest New York City tap water,” Welch says. The ales also incorporate interesting aromas like fresh baked bread (Sixpoint Brownstone) and spices, toffee, chocolate and banana (Sixpoint Encore). Sixpoint beers are all-natural. “We do not use any preservatives, chemicals or additives, and we do not do filtration,” says Welch. For now, Sixpoint Craft Ales are available on tap only, and are served in over 100 bars and restaurants in New York, including these Brooklyn bars and/or restaurants: Franny’s, The Brazen Head, Waterfront Ale House, Pioneer Bar and Brooklyn Social. A complete list is posted on Sixpoint’s Web site. Sixpoint Craft Ales is open to the public for brewery tours on Saturdays at 1 pm, complete with a complimentary pint.
Updated May. 1, 2009