Sixpoint Righteous Ale
Founded in 2004, this Brooklyn upstart has been quickly climbing past those staid breweries mired in unimaginative ambers and pales. Forsaking glass bottles entirely, these aluminum zealots are creating some of the most exciting craft beer to hit the market since Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams burst onto the scene. Sixpoint has a number of fantastic offerings, but its Righteous is one of the best ryes packaged in any kind of vessel. Chinook, Columbus, and Cascade hops give it a resiny, citrusy quality with a balanced pepperiness from the rye malt. This beer works well with any of your deli favorites, but there’s something sublime about it paired with a classic pastrami on crusty rye bread.