Sixpoint Brewery, a top 50 US Craft Beer Company from Brooklyn, New York, is launching full-scale in the UK through importer Heathwick. Sixpoint is known for its wildly innovative and brazenly hoppy beers, along with top-notch ingredient sourcing.

It is the most established brewer to join the Heathwick portfolio and will bring excitement and interest to the importer’s portfolio of innovative American craft breweries. Heathwick will be launching and distributing Sixpoint’s diverse core craft beer range as follows.

Sweet Action (5% ABV): Part blonde ale, part wheat beer and part pale ale, it’s a golden and hoppy brew. 

The Crisp (5.4% ABV): A pilsner with a hop aroma that leaps from the glass. The Crisp blasts one with a huge floral aroma, but finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. 

Bengali (6.6% ABV): A go-to IPA with a big tropical hop character upfront — super clean, with a dryness on the back end that leaves you wanting more. Its name comes from the foam rings on the inside of the empty glass, which resemble tiger stripes. 

Resin (9.1% ABV): Resin slaps one with serious unfiltered dankness in this double IPA. It stings, but it feels so good at the same time, says the brewer. It’s hop candy upfront, but drinks super clean for the size of the beer.

Limited editions and seasonal specialities will follow in due course.

Building awareness

Graham Richardson, general manager at 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 a well-established and highly regarded craft brewery as Sixpoint join our portfolio, and will be predominantly focusing on building awareness of Sixpoint through events, [meet the brewer], 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’re 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, added: “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 next level — we’re 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.”

All beers will be available in cases of 24 355ml cans, known as nanokegs, from this month. Trade prices start from £39.50 per case, available from selected wholesalers. Kegs (30 litres) will be available from March.