Sixpoint Brewery is making a big entrance this week into the Chicago market. This Brooklyn, NY, brewer has lined up a series of debut events not seen since, perhaps, the coming of Stone to the Chicago market two years ago.
The craft brewery was founded in 2004 as Sixpoint Craft Ales, a microbrewery with a bar attached in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood. Founder Shane welch chose the name from the six-pointed star used as a mark of the brewing profession.
Over the years, Sixpoint began bottling, and then canning its brews and expanding into retail markets across the east. To keep up with demand, Sixpoint has had to outsource some of its brewing to Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA, just at most of the Broklyn Brewery product comes to us from Utica, NY. Many of its beers have remained popular, and have inspired "wants" on beer fans' trade lists.
Sixpoint has launched a "Sixpoint Brewery Tour of Chicago" to mark its entrance into the market. Most of the information on the event, which started Sunday, can be found on a special Facebook page. Here are highlights of these events, with details on beers to be offered.
Monday, April 16
5:00 - 7:00 PM: Fischman Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (In Store Tasting)
5:00 – 8:00 PM: Brixie’s, 9526 Ogden Ave., Brookfield
Draft Promotion and Bacon Night. "Sweet Action - Their flagship, wheat, cream ale, pale blend. Resin- A 103 IBU DIPA. Nugget - From their Spice of Life series which they feature a single hop beer every month. Hence this is the nugget hop. People from the Brewery will be showing up at 5 pm to help us launch this brewery in the Chicago and answer any questions you have about the brewery or the beers.
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago. "We'll feature several great beers from their lineup on draft and in cans."
7:00 PM: Gammon Coach House, 3 S. Batavia, Batavia, IL. (Draft Promotion)
7:00 PM: Sheffield’s, 3258 N. Sheffield, Chicago. (Draft Promotion)
Tuesday, April 17
5:00 – 7:00 PM: Foremost Liquors, 4616 N. Kedzie, Chicago (In Store Tasting)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden, Westmont, IL (In Store Tasting and Draft Promotion)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: La Primera Fruit, Liquor & Meats, 5012 N. Clark St., Chicago (In Store Tasting)
5:00 – 8:00 PM: The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (Draft and Can Promotion)
7:00 PM: Geneva Ale House, 319 W. State St., Geneva, IL (Draft Promotion)
7:00 PM: Fountainhead, 1968 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (Draft, Can, and Food Pairing Promotion) "As part of our weekly Flights & Flats special we'll have a flatbread pizzas paired with three of their drafts as well as a flight of all four drafts!" Sweet Action, The Crisp, Righteous Ale, and Harbinger, a Belgian farmhouse ale. Also serving Bengali Tiger & Resin in cans.
6:00 – 8:00 PM: SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division St., Chicago (Draft and Can Promotion) "TAP LIST: Spice of Life with Citra Hop, Righteous Ale, The Crisp. CAN LIST: Sweet Action, Bengali Tiger, and Resin."
Wednesday, April 18
5:00 – 7:00 PM: The Noble Grape, 802 N. Bishop, Chicago (In Store Tasting).
5:00 – 7:00 PM: W Crossings Grocer, 2060 W. North Ave., Chicago (In Store Tasting)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: Binny’s Highland Park, 153 Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park (In Store Tasting)
6:30 – 9:30 PM: Jake Melnick’s, 41 E. Superior, Chicago (Draft and Can Promotion)
4:00 – 8:00 PM: Tribes Ale House, 11220 W. Lincoln Highway, Mokena (Draft Promotion)
7:00 PM: The Beer Market, 1270 S. Milwaukee, Vernon Hills, IL (Draft Promotion)
7:00 PM: Blokes & Birds, 3341 N. Clark St., Chicago (Draft Promotion). Free appetizers.
7:00 PM: Four Moon Tavern, 1847 W. Roscoe, Chicago (Draft Promotion)
Thursday, April 19
4:00 – 7:00 PM: Binny’s Grand, 213 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (In Store Tasting)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: VAS Foremost Liquors, 2300 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (In Store Tasting)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: Dobby’s World Wide Liquors, 15 S. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (In Store Tasting)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: Kenwood Liquors, 10750 S. Cicero, Oak Lawn, IL (In Store Tasting)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: Whole Foods, 201 63rd Street, Willowbrook, IL (In Store Tasting)
7:00 PM: Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st Street, Chicago (Draft and Can Promotion)
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Fireside Restaurant, 5739 N. Ravenswood, Chicago (Draft and Can Promotion)
7:00 PM: Duke O’Brien’s, 110 North Main Street, Crystal Lake, IL (Draft Promotion)
7:00 – 9:00 PM: Bigby’s Pour House, 1700 W. Lake St., Addison, IL (Draft Promotion and Open Mic Night)
6:00 – 9:00 PM: Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe St., Chicago (Draft Promotion)
8:00 PM: Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago (Draft and Music Promotion)
Friday, April 20
5:00 - 7:00 PM: At 3 Binny’s locations:
3000 N. Clark St., Chicago (In Store Tasting)
1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago (In Store Tasting)
12307 South Route 59, Plainfield (In Store Tasting)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: At 2 Whole Foods locations:
3640 N. Halsted, Chicago (In Store Tasting)
1640 Chicago Ave., Evanston (In Store Tasting)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: 1000 Liquors, 1000 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago (In Store Tasting)
8:00 PM: Bar Deville, 1958 W Huron, Chicago (Draft and Can Promotion)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: Monk’s Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (Can Promotion, all styles) "We will be featuring their cans of Crisp Pilsner, Sweet Action Ale, Righteous Ale, Bengal Tiger IPA, and Resin Beer."
4:00 - 7:00 PM: Stocks & Blondes, 40 N. Wells St., Chicago (Can Promotion/Menu Feature)
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Twin Anchors, 1655 N. Sedgwick, Chicago (Draft Promotion) Afraid I don't know much about this longtime rib joint's beer program, but they have had Kentucky breakfast Stout earlier this month.
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL
7:00 PM: Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont (Draft Promotion) "We will be celebrating with the Sixpoint crew so please stop by and introduce yourself to this wonderful group. Sweet Action (cans), and on tap: Resin Double IPA, Righteous Rye Ale."
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Tuman’s, 2159 W. Chicago Ave., Chiago (Draft Promotion)
Saturday, April 21
In store tastings at 2 Binny's locations:
1:00 – 3:00 PM, 8920 S. Route 83, Willowbrook, IL
3:00 – 5:00 PM, 639 E. Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL
I'm behind in class work, so the regular weekly calendar will be up later, along with a listing of a yearly Lagunitas event. But more details are found on Twitter, Google+ or my Facebook fan page. For even more tappings and events, check my calendar on Chitownontap.com.