An evolving line of craft spirits produced by the region’s first legal distillery since prohibition, Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ Craft Brewers Whiskeys combine the flavors and essences of some of the best and well-known craft beers in the country. Each Craft Brewers Whiskey is blended to 86 proof using Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ proprietary historic spring water in Sheffield, MA, and packaged in custom bottles with a brewer-designed label.
Aged at the distillery since 2015, Craft Brewers Whiskey Project releases will be based on the beer used in each whiskey – released in the order in which they were distilled. Being a limited release, quantities of each whiskey will range from hundreds of bottles to hundreds of cases and will be sold in the BMD tasting room and to select stores and restaurants.
Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ popular Cask-Finished Bourbon Project, which took place in 2014 and involved brewers such as Samuel Adams, Ommegang and Terrapin, was only available in the state where the brewery was located. For the wider-reaching Craft Brewers Whiskey Project, each whiskey will be released in a small collection and made available in multiple states.
“Whiskey is like beer’s older cousin: it’s taken more time to mature but comes from the same stock. So when Berkshire Mountain Distillers came to us more than four years ago with this project, we knew it’d be a fun way to collaborate with a local distiller to see what our beer could turn into. The resulting whiskey does not disappoint.” – Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Mass Bay Brewing Co.”
First Whiskey Release
The first release will feature three whiskeys distilled from:
Scheduled to be released in the early part of 2021, the next set of whiskeys will highlight:
- Boston Lager from Samuel Adams
- Imperial Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company
- Smoke & Dagger Black Lager from Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers
LATER IN 2021
Whiskey releases later in 2021 will feature other popular craft brewers including:
- Three Philosophers Belgian-style Quadrupel Ale from Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)
- Liquid Gold Belgo-American Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing (Elmsford, NY)
- Really Old Brown Dog American Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing (Hampton, NH)
- Unearthed American Stout from Long Trail Brewing Company (Bridgewater Corners, VT)
- Workers Comp Farmhouse Ale from Two Roads Brewing (Stratford, CT)
- 8 Barrel from Chatham Brewing (Chatham, NY)
To celebrate the Craft Brewers Whiskey Project and the distinctiveness of each whiskey, Berkshire Mountain Distillers will host an in-store socially distant meet-the-brewer event and coordinate Craft Brewers Whiskey–focused dinners and takeout cocktails at select restaurants in the Northeast. For more information, sign up for whiskey releases here.
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One of the founding members of the craft distiller movement, Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) is embraced by many of the nation’s leading mixologists. All products are handcrafted in small batches at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since prohibition. Their products are currently available in 19 different states.
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