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Beer for Beasts

Yes, we know it’s late. We’re trying to catch up. So here we go:

Last March 26, 2011, we rushed to The Bell House to taste some of the most rare and well-crafted beers specially made for a fundraiser event hosted by BeerAdvocate and Sixpoint Craft Ales to benefit our cute, furry friends at The Humane Society of New York City.

With 38 craft beers being poured between the front room, main bar, and the main hall, we managed to get our hands on 30 of these exclusive brews. Sixteen of the brews were specifically made for this event by Sixpoint in collaboration with respective members of the beer community including a debut brew from Candice Alstrom, the Director of Events at BeerAdvocate and wife of Todd Alstrom, co-founder of BA. Here is a list of some of the amazing beers at the event:

Berserker Bock
The second release of the Mad Scientists Series by Sixpoint Brewery. This beer is made with local Stumptown El Injerto beans, roasted only several blocks from Sixpoint’s facility in Red Hook. Sixpoint and Stumptown made a special “cold infusion” in their stainless steel mini-conical fermenter (dubbed the “McConical”) and then kegged this cold infusion extract directly into sixtels. The pure coffee extract was then transfused into a base “Bock” style beer made with a San Francisco Steam lager yeast. Afterwards, during the final conditioning phase, a special blend of fresh El Injerto beans and hops were steeped directly prior to packaging. Outstanding beer captured in video as well. 6.2% ABV, 37IBU

Reverend Dingo’s Dark Ale
The first beer made exclusively for Beer For Beasts. This beer, made by brewers Ian McConnell and Shane Welch, is a hoppy, nutty American- style Brown Ale fermented with an Antwerp Ale yeast at cold temperatures to give it a lager-like flavor. Simcoe and Sterling hops dominate the flavor profile. 6.5% ABV, 54 IBU

Gowanus Bay Bitters
Beer made by brewer Pete Dickson, in honor of the great Gowanus Bay. This beer is a straightforward English bitter style recipe, fermented with an abundance of Maris Otter pale malt with a healthy contribution of Fuggle hops. However, it is fermented clean and cold with a neutral ale yeast, and dry-hopped heavily in the conditioning carboys. Expect aromatic, floral, and toasted biscuit malt flavors. 5.8% ABV, 50 IBU

Beer made by Jeff Gorlechen, Sam Carroll, and Shane Welch. A Scotch Ale made with Peat malt, lightly hopped and fermented with a character-rich Irish Ale yeast. Expect smokey, earthy and rich caramel flavors with just a faint hop twinge. 4.80% ABV, 31 IBU

GNT – Wintry Mix
The follow-up collaboration between Junk Science and Sixpoint from the 2007 release “Gran’dad’s Nerve Tonic.” The “Wintry Mix” however is a reinterpretation of the original GNT, emerging as the “first true taste of spring.” This beer is an American IPA, black at first appearance, but stirring with energy and activity underneath. Primarily fermented with California Ale yeast, but then added a secondary Belgian Ale strain halfway through. Spiced with a little bit of bee pollen at the end, you will definitely taste some pine and resin stirring underneath all of that darkness. 7.4% ABV, 63 IBU

Nessie’s Revenge
A Wee Heavy, known as the “Scotch on Scotch” made by brewer Sam Carroll at Sixpoint. Starts with a heavy Scottish Ale base, then rounded out with aspecial “distilled” Scotch infusion for a complex mixed brew composite! 11.5% ABV, 42 IBU

True & Gritty
A Saison Ale made with spelt malt, from brewer Shane C. Welch. No frills, just a simple and refreshing beer, with a unique and spicy finish. Made with Amarillo hops and dry-hopped. 5.5% ABV, 38 IBU

Barley & Chinook
An American IPA made with a single barley malt – and a single hop strain “Chinook” hence “Barley & Chinook.” However, this beer has a deeper meaning asBarley and Chinook are the names of brewer Shane C. Welch’s two dogs. Fermented with a classic American Ale yeast. 6.6% ABV, 65 IBU

The Crimson Courser
An Imperial Red Ale made with smoked paprika. Fermented with Sixpoint house ale yeast. A classic homebrew from Sixpoint Head Brewer Ian McConnell. 8.2% ABV, 67 IBU

An American Double IPA made with 10 different types of hop strains each contributing 10 IBU of bitterness to a 10% ABV beer. It’s a decade of Decade-ence! Made by brewers Sean Redmond and Shane C. Welch 10.0% ABV, 100 IBU

Time Out for a Porter
An American Robust Porter made in conjunction with Time Out New York. Beer lover Chris Schonenberger came in to make a classic old London ale (porter), but wanted to give it that modern relevance by dropping some more hoppage. He writes, “The story of this beer is really the TONY story distilled into a pint glass. We chose to start with a porter–a dark style that originated in 18th-century England–as a nod to our roots in London, where Tony Elliott founded Time Out in 1968. But to give the brew a bit of NYC attitude, we asked the Sixpoint team to complement the porter’s rich malts with some serious stateside hops. 6.1% ABV, 68 IBU

An American “Funk” Ale, made by brewer Shane C. Welch. Classic copper colored American Pale ale, then aged in oak and a blend of wild yeasts. LIke Funk? This one’s for you. Don’t like Funk? You’ll get Overpowered. 5.8% ABV, 40 IBU

Willie Welch
An Amber Saison/American Pale Ale hybrid. Made with three different yeasts strains – our house yeast, an American Ale yeast, and a spicy Saison blend. Brewed in conjunction with Executive Chef Extraordinaire Willy Prunty of Prime Meats/ Frankies Spuntino. 7.2% ABV, 51 IBU

Das Doppellsticke
A “Double Alt” recipe made by Sixpoint Brewer Pete Dickson. Made with an authentic Alt yeast in true Dusseldorf style. But this one has a twist – its also aged on wood, adding a whole new layer of complexity. 8.0% ABV, 55 IBU

El Gordo Barracho
A spiced Mexican Lager! Made with corn and a unique Steam lager yeast, this beer is fermented clean then racked into a secondary with a special blend of rare Mexican chilies and cumin. Should be a classic pairing with the Calexico food cart! 🙂 5.0% ABV, 30 IBU

The Juicer
An American Strong Ale, brewed with a Super High Gravity Distiller’s Yeast! Made by Sixpoint Brewer Sean Redmond. Not for the faint of heart – even the second runnings of this beer were strong enough to be a Pale Ale! 13.0% ABV, 60 IBU

Baltic Street
A version of the classic Baltic Porter, brewed with fellow beer community friends Stevie Calderola and Lee Williams. Fermented with a blend of Irish Ale yeast and Sixpoint house yeast, and a 17% Smoked Malt! The smoked malt is cured over a beechwood fire, providing a nice phenol earthiness to the beer. Made with a blend of American hops. 7.5% ABV, 65 IBU

First ever brew from Candice Alstrom. Candice’s brew is a Brown Ale with a Mitmita spice blend, figs, and organic African honey. It’s fermented with our house yeast, and also seasoned with Stumptown Ethiopian coffee. A truly inspired and unique beer of flavor and spice! 6.0% ABV, 35 IBU


Easy Morning Rebel
Beer concept from Jersey Dan, Sixpoint sales rep in Jersey/ Philadelphia. Named after his love of My Morning Jacket and his culinary inclinations: Easy = low ABV Morning = citrus juice, breakfast Rebel = spice! So, its a quaffable Belgian Wit style beer, with spices and citrus. 4.7% ABV, 28 IBU

Knockout Punch
Beer designed by Sixpoint friend and video guru Aaron Ekroth and Shane C. Welch. Its a “Hawaiian Red Ale” made with Hawaiian Punch! Hopped with extra copious amounts of Simcoe hops, fermented with a blend of house and American yeasts. 6.4% ABV, 58 IBU

Triphop Grapefruit IPA
A collaborative effort between novice brewers Robert Sietsema, Village Voice food critic, and Cathy Erway, food critic & Sixpoint communications manager. Brewed with reduced grapefruit juice and Citra, Cascade and Warrior hops, and flavored post-fermentation with grapefruit peel tincture. Conceived because everyone says IPAs taste like grapefruit.

In addition to the obvious, our 10-hour journey to Brooklyn, NY was made effortless by the area’s finest food trucks, restauranteurs, and crafters of artisan sodas. Our tastebuds had a blast! Special thanks to the following:
Calexico – Black bean avocado taco, chicken avocado taco, chorizo taco
Mile End – Brisket, pickled mackerel, chopped liver, deviled eggs
Pizza Moto – Classic marguerita pie, roasted mushroom & smoked mozzarella white pie
Prime Meats – Weisswurst & sauerkraut on homemade pretzel roll, house-fermented pickles
Brooklyn Soda Works – Debute of two new soda flavors, including Salted Lemon & Ginger


Whether you love craft beer, a self-proclaimed foodie or someone who enjoys entertainment by burlesque dancers and comedians, Beer for Beasts is perfect to cater to your needs. Stay tuned for Beer for Beasts 2012! You don’t want to miss out.


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Saving the world as they share their affinity for food, craft beer, and wine one tasty morsel and sip at a time, hungryDUO is a beer connoisseur and wine enthusiast team whose passion is all things edible and mouth-orgasmic. They eat, drink, blog, and love. Repeat & Shuffle. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Google for more up to the minute updates and randomosity.


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