UFO/MASS BAY BREWING CO. “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.

SPENCER BREWERY “Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ Craft Brewers Whiskey Project was a wonderful opportunity for Spencer Brewery to participate in a creative initiative in the local, craft beverage industry. I am fascinated by the transformational processes in brewing. Now, it’s amazing to see our Trappist Ale transformed into whiskey through the distilling process. We are looking forward to tasting this new Berkshire whiskey made from our beer.” – Fr. Isaac, Director, Spencer Brewery, LLC

BIG ELM BREWING “Big Elm was honored to be included in this group of breweries and to be part of this great collaboration project with Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Truly a one-of-a-kind project.” – Bill Heaton, co-founder/owner, Big Elm Brewing


JACK’S ABBY CRAFT LAGERS “Smoke and Dagger has long been a beer favorite of whiskey drinkers and it’s incredible to see it come full circle and become a Berkshire Mountain Distillers whiskey. It’s been a long, patient wait, but you’ll certainly appreciate the reveal of this mystery.” – Rob Day, Sr. Director of Marketing, Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers

SAMUEL ADAMS “There’s something really special about the commingling of beer, barrels and brewing – it’s something Samuel Adams brewers have been passionate about and pioneering since the 1990s. In 2021, we’ll see the fruits of barrel-aging labor come to life in several ways that we can’t wait to share with drinkers. We’re proud to kick things off with the highly anticipated release of our Craft Brewers Whiskey Project collaboration with Berkshire Mountain Distillers featuring our flagship beer, Samuel Adams Boston Lager.” – Jennifer Glanville Love, Brewer & Director of Partnerships, Samuel Adams

BERKSHIRE BREWING COMPANY “When Chris Weld from Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) called us up and asked if we wanted to be part of the Craft Brewers Whiskey Project, we all jumped for joy. Berkshire Brewing Company has been a fan as well as the distributor of BMD since its early beginnings. We dove right into the project by brewing a spin-off of our flagship beer, Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale 5.5% ABV. Knowing that a strong beer would be more beneficial for the distilling process, Berkshire Brewing went ahead and brewed its Imperial Steel Rail EPA. This beer was made of straight Canadian two-row barley and ended up fermenting down to about 10.5% ABV. We also did not use any hops in the beer which should allow for a very clean finish in the whiskey, hence the name “Berkshire Shine”. Clean, smooth and balanced – like the good ol’ days. As they say down at Berkshire Brewing Company… Things are looking up!” – Gary Bogoff, founder-owner, Berkshire Brewing Company


OMMEGANG (to come)


SMUTTYNOSE (to come)


LONG TRAIL BREWING COMPANY “We at Long Trail have always had a soft spot for big, bold malt-forward beers like our Unearthed Stout. As one of the first beers I had the pleasure of brewing for the company back when I first started, it certainly holds a special place in my heart. Unearthed has seen many transformations over the years as both a traditional American stout, a whisky barrel-aged version, and the base of our dark sour Night Goat. We are excited to see this brand transform yet again into a fantastic whiskey done by our friends at Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Enjoy!” – Steve Abraham, Head Brewer at Long Trail Brewing Company

CHATHAM BREWING “Chatham Brewing is rooted in the collaborative spirit of working with our fellow craft beverage producers. This project with Berkshire Mountain Distillers presents an incredible opportunity to see our Eight Barrel Ale transformed into a whiskey that we look forward to sharing with fans near and far.” – Jake Cunningham, Co-founder of Chatham Brewing

TWO ROADS BREWING “Two Roads was honored to be included in the Berkshire Mountain Distillers Craft Brewers Whiskey Project. This was a fun project and a Master’s Class in patience! We brewers are used to pushing beer out the door two to four weeks after brewing it. Waiting four years for ‘our’ whiskey to mature was an eye-opening experience. I can’t wait to try it!” – Phil Markowski, Master Brewer at Two Roads Brewing ###

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