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Beer For Beasts 2014
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Beer is culture… it brings people together and enlivens conversation, serving as a gathering point for ideas and interaction. But we also believe it can be the engine to drive social change. That’s what Beer For Beasts is all about.
We love animals at Sixpoint. Shane’s dogs were shelter rescues, and have been at his side for most of the brewery’s existence. Cats have lived near the grounds as long as we can remember, and we even rescued one from the roof gutter a while back. Four years ago, with the help of the Bros at BeerAdvocate, the idea came together — host a beer fest in the name of our furry companions. A festival centered around the things we love, in the name of those who love us unconditionally. But not just any fest… one with unique custom beers brewed only for the event. And the best food vendors the city has to offer, and live local music, with all the net proceeds going to charity. The Humane Society of New York completes the vision. They’re completely dedicated to helping animals in need, and provide care to nearly 40,000 cats and dogs each year.
This year the tap list is shaping up to be incredible, with a ton of creative beers, wild new flavor combinations and house favorites. The Mad Scientists have been in the lab for months, creating bubbling concoctions of all sorts. You can hardly walk around the brewery without seeing a small-batch beer fermenting in some corner. We’re re-creating Sriracha in one spicy brew, making a beer based on Elvis’ classic sandwich, and we’ve crafted a pilsner with painstaking traditional methods. There’s a rosemary Berliner Weiss, a mythical Greek tribute, and a Chocolate Caramel Porter. And that’s just the beginning. In all we’ll have over 30 custom brews, and each one comes with its own unique story.
Amazing food is included with admission, served from six trucks parked right outside the event. We’ve got Calexico, a border style taco truck that’s taken NYC by storm and Pizza Moto, a hand-made mobile wood fired pizza oven that’s been serving up bubbly neapolitan style pizza since ‘08. DUB Pies is a down-under style savory pastry truck, and Morris serves up some of the tastiest grilled cheeses around. We’ve also got Rick’s Picks artisanal pickles and ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery, including ones made with our beer. All these guys kick ass. The Diabolical Biz Markie will provide the music entertainment by DJ’ing and performing as a special guest at both sessions of this year’s event. Between the beers, food and live entertainment, it doesn’t get much better than Beer for Beasts.
“When you combine raw creativity with good intentions, the positive outcome is boundless.”
-Sixpoint Founder Shane Welch
There are over 30 custom brews for this event, but here’s a little sneak peak at some of the offerings:
Home Stock Syndrome
Smörgås inspired rye Pilsner with smoked malt and fresh dill
Pour Chocolate and Caramel All Over My Body
Rich porter with baker’s chocolate and gobs of molasses
Traditional brew with German hops, German malts, decoction mashing, and a long lagering time
Red jalapeños and roasted garlic added to a Red Ale base, to recreate the famous Rooster sauce
Your Place or Mine?
Coffee-infused Hefeweizen made with 508 NYC’s Chris Cuzme
Peat smoked Wee Heavy named for the fiery Scotsman from the Simpsons
A twist on a malty ancient German recipe that uses experimental Mandarina Bavaria hops
Elderflower Prosecco Hefeweizen
Brewed and fermented with dried elderflowers, and hopped with Nelson Sauvin
Clyde’s Banana Nitro Milk Stout
Banana milk stout served on a nitro-tap
Oats, wheat, lactose sugar, and chocolate powder: a liquid version of the English HobNob cookie
Old World Kvass made with toasted dough and baker’s yeast from Pizza Moto
Cherry Vanilla Kolsch
The Cologne classic with a cherry-vanilla kick
UPDATED BEER LIST: 8/20/14
The King’s Layer
White wheat, Hefeweizen yeast, dehydrated peanut butter, and smoked malt: the beer incarnation of Elvis’ favorite sandwich
NZ in my mouth
Continuously hopped with New Zealand hops
Chocolatepeanut butter malted Milk Stout inspired by the mad scientist from Phineas and Ferb
A beastly Porter brewed with 12 gallons of maple syrup in honor of our furry companions
Push it Real Good
A spicy, savory, salt and pepper Gose
A pomegranate honey Blonde worthy of myth
EVEN MORE UPDATED: 8/26/14
Fiery Texas stout with serrano chillies
Ray Deter’s Dunkel
Tribute to Ray Deter, traditional dunkelweizen
Clyde’s Banana Nitro Milk Stout
Banana flavored milk stout
Cereal medley pale ale, classic style with futuristic hops
Blood red beet pale ale with Warrior hops
DUB Imperial All Black(s) IPA
Black IPA inspired by the New Zealand rugby squad
UPDATED: NOW UP TO 30 BEERS!
Bowl of Oranges
Sessionable, musically inspired cream ale with a serious citrus punch.
Rosemary’s BBW (Baby Berliner Weiss)
Inspired by the classic 60s horror film, this Berliner Weiss has a touch of lemon zest and fresh rosemary.
Oranges, rapsberries and jalapenos make this a sweet, spicy and tasty brew.
Named for a cat adopted from a no-kill shelter, this refreshing wheat beer has lavender and blueberries.
A stout with oven-toasted oats that’s roasty, smooth and delicious.
A Saison By Any Other Name…
This saison is a collaboration with Grimm Ales and has rosebuds and fresh, diced ginger.