2-SIX-8 is the newest & only craft microbrewery in Antigua and was created by Rory & Hannah Gonsalves. Rory is Antiguan, however he & his wife live in Canada. Two years ago, they decided they would like to spend more time here in Antigua & made the move from home brewing in Canada to creating a craft brewery here in Antigua. Unfortunately, Rory and Hannah can’t move back to Antigua full-time, so they asked Rory's brother to join them on this adventure. The three of them have the same mission—to create quality craft ales in Antigua—while trying to use as many local products as they can.
All bottles that are sold, are encouraged to be returned to the brewery as they recycle all their bottles.
All their spent grain goes to an organic local farmer who feeds the grain to his free roaming pigs.
All seasonal beers use locally sourced ingredients. Unfortunately, grain isn't grown here in Antigua, grain & hops have to be imported in.
WE RECYCLE THE BOTTLES
PLEASE RETURN THEM TO THE BREWERY!
As well as having their own beer in their Tap Room, they have also brought in British cider (Hannah's father is a big cider fan). Ideally they'd like to make their own cider, however the cost of bringing in the apples would be far too expensive.
So far the brewery has been received well within the community, 2-SIX-8 hopes to encourage other growth in the craft industry. It's important to encourage as many Antiguans to produce, grow, and sustain themselves. There is a small and slow movement to being more sustainable here and we hope that all those that live on the island and those that visit support local businesses!
From all of us 2-SIX-8, we hope you enjoy our products!
Craft brewing (also known as micro-brewing) has exploded in North America and has launched a true renaissance of beer making and beer enjoyment across the world. If you thirst for a brew with a more complex flavour than the interchangeable lagers commonly available, then you're our kind of beer-lover. 2SIX8 is a small operation, and we plan to remain small. Artisan made and complete devotion to creating unique beers - that's us. We use simple ingredients: grains, malt, hops, yeast and water. No preservatives. Most of our beers are unfiltered, allowing you to fully savour the distinctive flavour.