Critics' pick: Sixpoint tall boys

The trailblazing Red Hook brewery releases its first-ever line of canned suds.

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Beer nerds, meet the new star of your summer cooler: After six years of selling draft-only suds, Red Hook's trailblazing Sixpoint Brewery has finally launched a line of cans for your boozing convenience. The initial run of 16-ounce tall boys—sold in four-packs to match the amount of beer you'd get in a growler—includes the aptly named Crisp, a pilsner laced with peppery hops. The three other portable brews are stalwarts of the Sixpoint rotation: the citrus-tinged Bengali Tiger IPA; Righteous Rye, which has a spicy bite on top of its malty backbone; and Sweet Action, a hazy-gold pour that balances grain sweetness with a cleansing bitter finish. (Other cult favorites, like the Diesel Stout, may get canned later down the line.) With the move to "nanokegs," as Sixpoint calls its shiny new vessels, the brewery joins the growing ranks of craft producers opting for utilitarian cans over sleek bottles—a phenomenon that's chipping away at the association between aluminum containers and mass-market swill. Founder Shane Welch notes the environmental benefits of canning and says that because they are sealed without any trapped air, the contents are less likely to go stale. It also helps that they're easier to toss into an ice bucket or tuck into a brown paper bag. To celebrate the release, the Sixpoint crew is hosting a monthlong series of parties. This week, head to Croxley's (28 Ave B between 2nd and 3rd Sts, 212-253-6140; Thu 9 6--10pm) for $4 cans and 10 wings, or score $2 cans over a free weekend brunch at the Gate (321 Fifth Ave at 3rd St, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-768-4329; Sun 12 1--4pm). Available at various stores throughout the city, including Whole Foods, Fairway, Duane Reade, Food Emporium, Bierkraft and Good Beer. Four-pack $9.99.

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