Man, they grow up fast. Hard to believe Red Hook’s Sixpoint Brewery is already eight years old. When they set up shop back in the heady boom days of 2004, the first beer they brewed for eager acolytes of the city’s nascent, native craft brewing scene was the Brownstone brown ale. Today, with the addition of the Brownstone to their ever-expanding line of canned beers, they’re bringing it all back home. Or making it a lot easier for the borough’s beer lovers to bring it home, anyway.
It’s good timing too, for those beer aficionados whose tastes are fixed to the cycles of the seasons. While Sixpoint’s ultra-hoppy, dank Resin IPA might be the perfect accompaniment to the still-chill riot of early spring, and their Crisp pilsner the perfect, clean foil to smoke billowing off the grill on an early summer afternoon, the Brownstone, with its roasty, toasty mélange of eight malts glowing with the sharp brightness of a generous heaping of hops might be just the right brew for the rich, humid, fecund fullness of late summer.
The Brownstone is rolling right now through the streets of Brooklyn. Look for it on the shelves of beer shops, grocery stores and bodegas today. But no rush – the Brownstone joins Sixpoint’s Sweet Action (a cream-style ale, Righteous Ale (brewed with Rye), Bengali Tiger (IPA), Crisp (pilsner), and Resin (super IPA) in their year-round lineup of canned brews.