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History

While some historical records indicate Sixpoint Brewery was founded in 2004, the real birth of Sixpoint begins at the dawn of civilization. That is when the earliest societies began cultivating cereal grains to make fermented beverages, and the desire for excellence in the craft of brewing was forged. Even during the earliest civilizations, rich iconography had adorned various brewing vessels, and pictographs depicting the craft of brewing were rife with symbolism. One symbol has transcended and survived throughout the ages - the Sixpoint Brewers' star.

The Sixpoint Door

The idea of "Sixpoint" as a code of brewing has resiliently persevered over centuries of rapid human development. But it has not been a journey without struggle or conflict. The symbol was very prominent during the medieval period and up until the early 1900s, but its popularity and visibility started to wane within the last century. After 1950, Sixpoint was nearly snuffed out and one of the cornerstone crafts of our civilization was nearly extinguished. Was Sixpoint dead, or just dormant?

Shane C. Welch Standing near the Sixpoint Door

The shimmering light of the Brewer's star started to shine once again in 2004 with its reincarnation as "Sixpoint Craft Ales." This is when the Sixpoint Brew Crew not only resurrected the Sixpoint Brewers' Star, but also breathed life into a patchwork of brewing equipment within an 800 square foot garage in a then-dilapidated neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC called Red Hook. The original creations of Sixpoint Craft Ales were a mash-up of professional brewing experiences, global brewery influences, and unbridled homebrew proliferation. Out of this modest maritime enclave hundreds of delicious craft brews were concocted and disseminated, and the star had been reborn.

The reincarnated star proved to have an attractive radiance. The historical traditions of craftsmanship that had been coursing through the veins of others also drew them to Sixpoint. Within years, a team of Sixpoint Brewers and Staff had gathered underneath the Sixpoint star, not knowing how they arrived there, but knowing they must keep the Sixpoint tradition alive.

Sixpoint Brewery: Founded in 2004; born at the dawn of civilization.

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Upcoming Events

  • Portrait House RVA
    5:00pm May 28, 2015
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    More info and Dj's TBA.
    Portrait House, 2907 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221, United States
  • Into the Deep End - the Grand Finale
    7:00pm May 28, 2015
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    We are amped to be the beer of the month at one of our favorite Park Slope hangs - High Dive.

    Every Wednesday in April we feature a brand new beer being poured alongside perennial High Dive staple - Bengali IPA. This week's guest stars are the Resin DIPA and Dabble 1.5 IPA. Both beers are just $4 from 7pm-8pm.

    We will also serve complementary "while supplies last" food from one of our many friends along the avenue. Each Sixpoint purchase will be accompanied by a special treat. Don't worry, there's enough for the first 30 people who take the plunge.
    High Dive, 243 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY