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Sixpoint Brewery return to brew BKLYN, a new collaboration beer for Wetherspoon

By Belinda Jennings, also posted in News on

Sixpoint BKLYN BitterThis September we welcomed back Heather McReynolds from Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn, NY, as she flew over to brew her American twist on an ESB for a new Wetherspoon collaboration beer. As always with the collaboration brews, the recipes are discussed and developed over emails a few weeks/months prior to brewing. Heather was passionate about brewing with some American malts, Cara, Münich and Cara pils, which we managed to source from Breiss, but still using our East Anglian Pale Ale malt as the main grist and our in-house yeast. [caption id="attachment_15280" align="alignleft" width="180"]Belinda and Heather brewing BKLYN Belinda and Heather in the brewery[/caption] The twist this time was the addition of selection of some of my favourite American hops, Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade throughout the boil, and Citra for dry hopping in the fermentation vessel. I'm beginning to think Heather knows Southwold better than I do now, enjoying the local pubs (with a trip or two to The Nelson) and a visit is never complete without fish and chips! The brew ran smoothly, with two brews of 150 barrels in the one day. Sixpoint kindly sent us a huge package full of goodies, T-Shirts, Glasses, hoodies, and their beer take-home containers, known as Growlers. [caption id="attachment_15279" align="alignright" width="300"]The Adnams Racking team with their Sixpoint T-shirts The Adnams Racking team with their Sixpoint T-shirts[/caption] The racking was done a week later, and as you can see, the boys dressed up for the occasion sporting their new T-Shirts.  The beer tasted great, mid brown in colour, a light biscuit maltiness with aromas of lemon, grapefruit and tropical fruit from the fantastic Amarillo hop. Heather and myself travelled down to London for the International Wetherspoon meeting at The Cross Keys in London. It was great to meet all the passionate brewers from all over the world, from America to New Zealand, alongside the British Host Brewers. The number of female brewers out-numbered the male brewers on this occasion, due to some of the beers going into a Wetherspoons Brewster beer festival.  After a lovely buffet meal and a few beers, it was time to catch the last train home as the international brewers headed off on their pub crawl of London, lead by the great David Aucutt from East West Ales.  I assume a good time was had by all! The Adnams and Sixpoint collaboration beer BKLYN is available alongside our 1659 Smoked Ruby Beer at all Wetherspoon outlets from 17th October to the 2nd November as part of their International Real Ale Festival.  


Belinda Jennings