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Anatomy of a Nanokeg

Published On
May 11, 2013

When perusing the beer aisle, your average bottle or can label will give present you with the style of beer and possibly the % of Alcohol by Volume. It’s hard to tell, though, where a porter ends and where a stout begins. Or think of the variety of hop-centric beers- who draws the line between pale ale, IPA and DIPA? Maybe your grandfather’s pale ale was around 25 IBUs, but these days you often see some up in 50s.  Many beer enthusiasts reach for style labels as a shorthand for what to expect –  but can these labels really encompass the beer’s many physical attributes?

What does all this mean?

The Sixpoint nanokeg, by contrast, often defies a traditional classification, since many Sixpoint brews do not conform to a single style. The brews are the products of innovation, or of creative reinterpretation, and labeling them by style would be constraining.  Instead, the cans feature volume, alcohol content, bitterness, color, and fermentation type. Of course, that doesn’t help very much if you’re unfamiliar with the units – so we created a guide that highlights these measurements to those who understand them, while also explaining them to those not yet familiar.

IBU and SRM graphs 

So, be sure to check out the brand new “Anatomy of a Nanokeg” page – click on any section of the interactive label to learn what it stands for, and where all the Sixpoint nanokegs lie on that scale.

The Sixpoint nanokeg, now decoded – check it out here.