NYC Beer Week Collab w/ Sixpoint Brewery
Yesterday was a very exciting day at Yonkers Brewing Co. Sixpoint Head Brewer Keir Hamilton came by to help brew our collaboration beer for NYC Beer Week, a big (big) Russian Imperial Stout! We teamed up with the Brooklyn stalwart in a show of solidarity between NYC and “upstate” breweries. We are not the only duo participating in this effort; many other city and state breweries will be collaborating for the week-long celebration of New York Beer, which runs from February 19-28.
One thing that makes us quite proud of this beer is that we pushed our “little brewhouse that could” to the limit. The biggest beer we have brewed at YBC was Coco Caliente, a 10% strong ale brewed with cocoa nibs and chili peppers. This beer may see the likes of 11-12% abv and our system was almost to capacity after we mashed in. However, all the grain fit and we were able to brew the beer (pretty much) without a hitch. This stout should be great for a winter’s night: chocolaty, roasty and warming. We can’t wait until it’s done!
After a long brew day, we hung out, chatted about different brewing techniques and got our beers in. It was awesome having Keir over to the brewery, so a big thanks to him and Sixpoint. Another big shout out must go to Josue and Adam, our brewing interns, who helped Sharif, Mike and Keir all day long.
The first time you will be able to get your hands on a pint of our collab with Sixpoint will be on the NYC Beer Week Opening Bash Cruises (Feb. 20), but stay tuned for details about duel tap takeovers during that week as well.
– Nicky Vowels