Thursday, February 12th 2015
Sixpoint Launching Cans
of ABIGALE in March
Brooklyn-based Sixpoint Brewery today announced the resurrection of the "ABIGALE" -- an original Sixpoint formulation first crafted in 1999, while founder Shane Welch was a hippie living in Madison, Wisconsin. During this crunchy granola phase of his life, he was romanced by the stories of craft beer staying alive during the "Dark Ages" through the monastic brewing traditions across Europe. After reading through dozens of brew books, Shane was inspired to take things in a new direction. He purchased a bottle of Chimay from Riley's Wines of the World, drank 90% of the beer, and cultured the remaining yeast in the bottle with a malt starter solution and an airlock. Three days later, ABIGALE was born.
ABIGALE, lovingly known as "Abbey" at Sixpoint - which is a play on A-BIG-ALE (see what we did there?), is an abbey-stylie inspiration. Like all Sixpoint beers, it does not intend to recreate a classic style, but instead draw inspiration by soaking in the culture and experience of these traditions, then riffing out a unique jam. Sixpoint Brewer Shaun Carney commented, "I think the the way the beer is tasting is not a classic Abbey - which is good, because we don't want it to be. It celebrates the abbey brewing history but it also celebrates the American brewing industry. The blending of the classic European malts, the Belgian tradition of adding candi sugar, procuring an authentic Abbey yeast, and blending in American hops take this beer into a new direction. I'm psyched!"
Sixpoint traveled to the Netherlands and Belgium to meet with the Abbey and Trappist brewers, learn more about the classic monastic brewing traditions and fermentation specifications, and soak up the energy of the Original High Gravity brewing crew. Getting some high-fives from the brother (and father) brewers was exactly the type of good vibes the Abigale needed to get it over the goal line. "There's something really special about crafting an original recipe on the stove, then 16 years later traveling to Belgium to meet the dudes who inspired the source of everything...and then dropping this OG in a sixer for our fans network wide" Welch beamed. "The combination of spicy yeast flavor, rich malt, and American hops is what beer lovers have been praying for!"
Posted by Russ