The beers, which have previously been listed in JD Wetherspoon venues, will now be available to pubs across the country in cans from February and in kegs from March.
Heathwick, an importer and distributor that specialises in American craft beers, will be importing the brewey’s core range, including its 6.6% ABV Bengali IPA and 9.1% ABV Resin Imperial IPA (IIPA). Limited editions and seasonal specialities will also follow in due course.
Craft Beer Rising launch
Heathwick general manager Graham Richardson said: “The national launch of Sixpoint in the UK is one of the most exciting and biggest US craft beer launches in years.
“We are thrilled to have such a well-established and highly regarded craft brewery as Sixpoint join our portfolio and will be predominantly focusing on building awareness of Sixpoint through events, social media and festivals, launching with Craft Beer Rising in London this month.
“Sixpoint may be familiar with some craft beer lovers due to its present limited availability and following, but we’re going to bring the full potential of the brewery to the UK to feed the continual thirst for quality American craft beer that shows no sign of abating.”
Sixpoint vice-president of marketing Max Nevins added: “The UK has an incredible beer culture and history that served as a bridge for many of us into craft beer and was the inspiration for many early Sixpoint beers. That’s part of why it’s been so gratifying to see the reception of our beers over the past few years.
“We get a ton of fun messages from people in the UK raving about Resin and Bengali, going wild over the aromatics and potency. Now we go next level – we’re going to send a broader variety of beers and even start sharing some rare and speciality stuff.
“Our expansion gives fans the ability to take our beer home with them for the first time, as well as have a proper pint of draught across the UK.”
Sixpoint was founded in 2004 by home brewer-turned-professional Shane Welch. The brewery’s name is derived from the ancient six-pointed brewers’ star, which has symbolically adorned the walls and equipment of ancient breweries since the medieval period.