20,000 square-foot brewery, taproom coming to Gowanus

August 16, 2019 Meaghan McGoldrick
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A new 20,000 square-foot brewery is coming to Brooklyn.

Sixpoint Brewery will construct a “state-of-the-art” brewery and taproom at the corner of Ninth Street and Second Avenue in Gowanus, the business announced Thursday.

The new beer plant — slated to open next May — will makeover a warehouse that dates back to 1904 and feature a production brewing system, a full-service kitchen and bar, a street-level outdoor beer garden and a year-round rooftop beer garden.

The project is a second-coming for the company, which got its start near the waterfront 15 years ago.

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Sixpoint has its roots in Red Hook, where founder Shane Welch opened an 800 square-foot brewery in a garage on Van Dyke Street in 2004. It went on to release cans in 2011 and has become a staple at bars across New York City.

Rendering courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery

The new facility will allow Sixpoint to dream up even more, said head brewer Eric Bachli.

“This has been a long time coming, and we’re making sure we do it right,” he said in a statement. “It truly is a world class facility equipped with everything a brewer could dream of. The basics of the system are all there, but we added components to this buildout that allow us to push the boundaries of innovation.”

Those components, Bachli stressed, will allow Sixpoint to brew “an expansive range of ales and lagers,” and give its team “great flexibility in style and taste profiles” as they expand their collection.

The company is working with acclaimed brewing equipment manufacturer Braukon. (Sixpoint’s new outpost will be Braukon’s first New York City brewery installation.) The new space was designed by Sixpoint and Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, the architecture firm behind such past projects as the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island and the Beekman Hotel in Manhattan.

Industries Capital Partners is listed as the project’s developer.

“We are very excited to welcome Sixpoint brewery to this amazing creative office and retail project in Gowanus. Sixpoint is an ideal tenant for this cool neighborhood and will become the epicenter in the Gowanus area for experiential retail and creativity,” Joseph Hamway, principal of ICP, said in a statement.

Bachli hopes the new space (soon-to-be at home in a neighborhood with a growing art scene) will see Sixpoint’s motto — “beer is culture” — fully realized.

“Above all, it’s a place for people to gather, taste wonderful beverages and explore everything that beer can be,” he said, also hopeful that patrons will “enjoy the heart and soul that we, as brewers, put into creating beer.”

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