Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sixpoint Oktoberfest

One of my favorite local breweries, Sixpoint, recently came out with their first Oktoberfest beer, which I tried at the release party last month in the sweet little backyard of Sycamore in Ditmas Park. Beers were served in massive three-pint steins the size of my face, along with plates of bratwurst and potato salad. Oktoberfest indeed!

This is my favorite Sixpoint beer yet. I love complex fruity and spicy beers, such as cloudy Belgian wheat beers typically flavored with coriander and orange peel, as well as Harpoon's Winter Warmer spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. If I remember correctly, Sixpoint Oktoberfest had a hint of fall spices and was a touch sweet and round around the edges, softening Sixpoint's distinctive bite. I know it is currently being served it at The Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights, Flatbush Farm, and possibly Bar Great Harry. Give it a try if you see it on tap. What's your favorite beer for the fall?

It was a wonderfully warm October afternoon, so I biked to Ditmas Park. I never realized how easy it is to bike southward from Prospect Park, thanks to a dedicated bike lane on Ocean Parkway. Five miles of pure unadulterated biking on a quiet tree-lined path that takes you straight to Brighton Beach. I plan to hit that up next summer for some exercise-beach action.

photo 1 via Sixpoint's twitpics, 2 via personal collection, 3 via NYC Bike Maps Photo Gallery


  1. Thanks for the Portland tips! You're the best! Hope you have a great weekend and Turkey Day next week---hard to believe it's already here!
    XXX Kate

  2. Wow, that tasting sounds (and looks!) like it was so much fun! I'll have to try the Oktoberfest the next time I see it.

    I also love Winter Warmer, which reminds me of banana bread (mmm). I've been drinking a lot of Young's Double Chocolate Stout, too, which lends itself to damn fine black and tans and beery ice-cream floats.

  3. My, that's a big beer! I like to think I'd revel in it but the truth is I'd manage about half a pint then feel queasy!

  4. yay beer!! Around my hometown there have suddenly sprung up a few breweries, i haven't had a chance to check them out! perhaps over the holidays....

  5. Kate - hope you had fun in Maine this week!

    JC - i'm not the biggest fan of stouts, only if they're only the lighter side. i've never had beer ice cream floats but that sounds intriguing. perhaps we should get together for a beer in our neighborhood sometime?

    Ace - hope you get to indulge in some sixpoint on your next visit to nyc.

    Peonies - that's why i insisted we share a stein rather than each having our own, to see how much i could handle ;-)

    Marisa, - that's awesome. it's great seeing independent craft brewers on the rise over these past few years. have fun giving the new breweries a try.