In connection with our New York City-themed gift night this past Hanukkah, I gifted, of course, an activity. We love the local brewer Sixpoint, which began gracing New Yorkers and others with its tall cans of specialized brew in 2004. While widely distributed varieties such as Sweet Action can be found on taps and in Duane Reades across the area, other beers in the Sixpoint arsenal are more elusive. In fact, some beers are so exclusive that they were inspired by, and created for, specific establishments.
But how does one find the watering holes that offer Sixpoint? Enter the Sixpoint Beerfinder on the brewery’s mobile app, which can easily be used to curate your own local Sixpoint Beer Crawl. In mid-January, after some advance preparation on my part, we crawled.
Full and fair disclosure: our next stop was a total bust. We subjected ourselves to the penetrating threat of tourism by circling the Empire State Building to sample the limited release Ever Upward in its ground floor restaurant. Ever Upward is supposedly a wheat and part-cider draft that’s un-spiced but hearty. We wouldn’t know, because the restaurant is closed for lunch on weekends.
Thankfully, we were only a few short blocks from NoMad, where The Ace Hotel’s John Dory Oyster Bar also features its own special brew. The Oyster Stout, rich and dark in taste, contains English malt and is brewed with – get this – oyster shells for a briny finish. We did the right thing and also ordered a dozen East and West Coast oysters to, you know, experience the finish of the beer.
Happy hour was upon us, and we were feeling happy. Just south of Madison Square Park, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese boasts killer evening specials on wine and small bites. While we passed on the wine, we ordered a glorious cheeseboard to accompany the Global Warmer, a decidedly cold-weather beer with a bold upfront flavor but a softer malt finish, which Sixpoint asserts will give off dark fruit and chocolate as it warms.
A front of icy rain prevented us from moving forward. But as spring crawls in, we intend to continue our crawl downtown in search of new brews to sip – and an activity to occupy us.
Are you also a Sixpoint fan? Where do you find your favorite varieties around the city?