The Thirsty Beagle: Plaza Beer Walk to feature new Six Point formulations

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Plaza Beer Walk to feature new Six Point formulations

One of my favorite recurring local beer events is coming up next week as the fine venues along NW 16 present another edition of the Plaza Beer Walk.

This time around the featured brewer is Six Point, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based craft brewery that makes up part of the Craft & Barrel portfolio.

Some people may not be aware that in May, Six Point announced a reformulation of its core lineup of beers -- Resin, Bengali, Sweet Action and The Crisp. So the Plaza Beer Walk, set for 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, may be your first chance to try some of the new recipes.

Six Point announced that they are now packaging their beers unfiltered, have improved their ingredient sourcing and have tweaked recipes to reflect changing palates.

From their blog:

"Sixpoint has undergone many significant evolutions since inception in 2004, but May 2017 is the biggest one yet. This isn’t a new beer -- it’s a top down improvement of the whole lineup. We’ve been slowly dialing in these formulations over the past three years… now get ready for the rawest, juiciest, and most modern iterations of our core beers blasted everywhere Sixpoint is available in both cans and draft. We’ve improved our ingredient sourcing, tweaked recipes to reflect changing palates, and are now ready to release our beers unfiltered, like drinking right from the tanks."

Craft & Barrel's Freddy Lamport said the new formulations will be available during Plaza Beer Walk.

If you're looking for the adjusted recipes in liquor stores, you can tell the difference because Six Point has updated its packaging as well.

Here's the old:

And the new:

I'm especially excited about the new Bengali formula:

"With Bengali, we tweaked the hop character, and incorporated some new hop strains we’ve just recently acquired, to seriously dial in that citrusy-tropical aroma. Then we smoothed out the texture with oats, and dried out the malt body to let the hops take full control. This thing is all about huge tropical character up front, and a clean, dry finish."

You can read about all the recipe changes here.

So what else is going on?

-Oak & Ore's Sun, Surf and Sessions: Summer Launch Party with Founders is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday.

-The Root is hosting a Traveler Grapefruit Shandy Pint Night at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

-Marshall is hosting its weekly Food Truck Friday at noon this Friday, and you'll want to get by the brewery to try their latest beer, This Land Lager. The German Helles has a kick-ass label art concept and is said to be one of brewmaster Eric Marshall's favorite styles. They'll also be pouring a new Belgian tripel, if you're not into Germans (or their beer).

-Learn to Brew-Edmond is hosting a Beginning Beer Brewing course with extract kit this Saturday at noon. More details here.

-If you're a big Twisted Spike fan but have lamented a lack of liquor store availability for their beers, fear not, you should expect to start seeing 10th Street Pale Ale popping up in package stores next week.

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