On a side street in the midst of Brooklyn’s industrial Red Hook neighborhood, amidst empty lots rimmed with razor wire, red brick buildings, and local pubs lies Sixpoint Brewery. Founded in 2004 by Shane Welch, the brewery produces 5,000 barrels per year. A second facility in Wilkes-Barre, PA produces the remaining annual output. Welch was a homebrewer in college; he lived in a co-op and frequently made beer for parties. After deciding not to stick to his original plan of studying law, Welch traveled around the world to learn about different brewing techniques before returning to the U.S. and moving to Brooklyn to open Sixpoint. While public tours aren’t currently offered due to size and staff restrictions (it’s a pretty small space and easy to see how squeezing in a tour group would be tricky), we were lucky enough to get a peek inside.
A big thank you to everyone at Sixpoint for letting us have a gander at what goes on inside and for the delicious brews.