Scott Ryan home-brewed his first beer on St. Patrick’s Day 1991. Twenty-five years later, he and his business partners are opening the doors of what truly is the Kevin Bacon Law of brewing and dining.
“It takes a village to raise a brewpub,” Ryan laughs. “I don’t have all the ideas. Everyone has different ways of pitching in.”
He’s not kidding.
Ryan’s wife worked with cofounder Ron McKechnie, who came out of a loose retirement to join the enterprise. Mike Burrows, their marketing and management guru, was Ryan’s former student. Scott Grieco is a chemist-turned-brewer who joined the party, and Grieco’s dad Chris then joined to handle the website. (Online ordering and a downloadable app are on their way also.) CIA grad Chef Byron Inga was another friend-of-a-friend who heard about the project, as did Jim Bossinas, Glenn Sayers, and Dave Pond who made the team’s Kickstarter video. Most importantly, every one of them is either an Ossining native or long-time resident.
Everything about 6 Degrees of Separation involves the local community. Beyond the historical photos and maps adorning the walls, and the rear wall being constructed out of inscribed bricks from Kickstarter donors, the guest beer menu is predominantly from New York: Saranac, Ommegang, and Captain Lawrence chief among them. Local vineyards are being courted, and house taps are coming soon, as the team prepares its own two-barrel brewing system on-site. Until then, 6 Degrees will be making its own ales, porter, stout, IPAs, and even gluten-free varieties of beer available by bottle thanks to a third-party brewing operation.
If that isn’t local enough, when 6 Degrees applied for their brewing license, they specifically chose a Farm Brewery license, which requires all beer be brewed using only ingredients predominantly sourced from New York State. Scott even hopes to feature local home brewers the same way they feature local musicians and artists.
If you’re looking for something to feast upon while you down your local beers, don’t think the attention to detail ends with the beer. Pork belly appetizers with a delicious rosemary-tomato jam are a must-order. If you’re feeling like more traditional beer nibbles, there are six varieties of classic wet and dry chicken wings, including cider chipotle, whiskey molasses, and the official “tingly” 6 Degrees dry rub. Chef Inga also serves up a wide range of burgers and sandwiches, salads, and even a kids menu. Whatever you order, though, don’t skip dessert. The standout is far and away a chocolate stout cupcake frosted with Irish cream and topped with fresh berries and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
Whatever your pleasure at 6 Degrees of Separation, suffice it to say you’re going to get attached.
6 Degrees of Separation
35 Main St, Ossining
914.432.5969; 6 Degrees of Separation
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