Sixpoint Brewery gears up for full-scale UK launch
American craft beer company Sixpoint Brewery is gearing up for a full-scale UK launch via importer Heathwick.
Sixpoint, from Brooklyn, New York City, is known for its innovative and hoppy beers, and Heathwick is set to launch a number of beers from its core range, including: the 5% abv Sweet Action, which is part blonde ale, part wheat beer and part pale ale; The Crisp (5.4% abv), which is a pilsner-style beer with a “huge floral aroma”; Bengali, the 6.6% abv IPA, which is described as having “big tropical character upfront” with a dryness on the back’; and Resin, a 9.1% abv IPA.
Limited editions and seasonal specialities will also follow in the future.
Graham Richardson, general manager of Heathwick, said: “The national launch of Sixpoint in the UK is one of the most exciting and biggest US craft beer launches in years. We are thrilled to have such as well-established and highly regarded craft brewery as Sixpoint join our portfolio and will be predominantly focusing on building awareness of Sixpoint through events, MTBs, social media and festivals, launching with Craft Beer Rising in London this month. Sixpoint may be familiar with some craft beer lovers due to its present limited availability and following, but we are going to bring the full potential of the brewery to the UK to feed the continual thirst for quality American craft beer that shows no sign of abating.”
Max Nevins, vice president of marketing at Sixpoint, said: “The UK has an incredible beer culture and history that served as a bridge for many of us into craft beer and was the inspiration for many early Sixpoint beers.
"That’s part of why it’s been so gratifying to see the reception of our beers over the last few years. We get a ton of fun messages from people in the UK raving about Resin and Bengali, going wild over the aromatics and potency. Now we go to the next level – we are going to send a broader variety of beers and even start sharing some rare and specialty stuff. Our expansion gives fans the ability to take our beer home with them for the first time, as well as have a proper pint of draught across the UK.”
Sixpoint was born out of an 800 square foot garage in Brooklyn in 2004 by award-winning home brewer-turned professional Shane Welch, who had amassed more than 1,000 individual homebrew recipes.
Heathwick imports and distributes a range of unique beverages including American craft beers from Fordham & Dominion, Saugatuck Brewing Co and Tailgate beer. Heathwick also distributes a range of beers from the Wingtip Brewing Co based near Gatwick and Cameron’s Brewery in Hartlepool.