What's in a name? The name "Sixpoint" is by no means an insignificant nomenclature - it is connected to a symbol that has been synonymous with the craft of brewing going back centuries. Since at least the year 1300, brewers adorned their barrels and breweries with a six-pointed star. By the 1500s, the star became the official insignia of the Brewer's Guild, one of the first trade guilds of Europe. The star symbolized the purity of the craft, and folklore claims the six individual points each represent six different critical elements of the craft itself: grain, water, hops, yeast, malt, and the brewer.
Some say the six-pointed brewers' star has its roots in alchemy. Below is a diagram illustrating the component parts of the brewers star, as related to brewing and alchemy. These elements include fire, the masculine element of action and determination, portrayed by a triangle facing the heavens. There is also the second masculine element of air which signifies communication and intelligence. It is also a triangle, facing upward, but with a horizontal line symbolizing the clouds at the top of the mountain.
These two elements are ascending and are governed by the principal of levity. The feminine element of water is represented by a triangle facing the earth - like the rivers that flow to the lowest grounds. Earth is the other feminine element that is represented by a triangle pointing downward with a horizontal line representing the surface of the earth. These two elements are ruled by the principal of gravity. Combined these four elements represent the Great Work in alchemy, which means harmony, balance and peace. In other words, a symphonic flavor sensation of natural elements composed as tasty brews!
At Sixpoint Brewery we acknowledge the history of the craft, while forging ahead to create new styles. The forging ahead is symbolically demonstrated in our logo, where the ancient brewer's star has been influenced by the nautical star to create an entirely unique creation, the Sixpoint Brewery star. Our original brewery, located one block from the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn, is rife with maritime history. The nautical star was a navigational device for seagoing travelers during their nighttime voyages. Just as the stars navigated them to their destination, the Sixpoint star navigates you to good beer.