Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) has released three new whiskies sourced from popular brewers Smuttynose Brewing, Brewery Ommegang, and Captain Lawrence Brewingas part of the Craft Brewers Whiskey Project.
These whiskies are part of a six-year collaboration led by BMD, award-winning maker of a select line of premier craft spirits, and includes the distilling of a dozen beers from a limited collection of Northeast craft brewers.
In July, the Craft Brewers Whiskey Project was cited in the 2021 US Open Whiskey & Spirits Grand National Championship where Jack’s Abby Smoke & Dagger Whiskey won a Gold Medal. This success prompted BMD to distill another round of whiskies from brewers including Big Elm Brewing, Two Roads Brewing, and Night Shift Brewing.
“There’s a wonderful amalgamation between the craft spirits and beer worlds – a lot of people who drink whiskey also love craft beer,” said Chris Weld, founder of BMD. “We’re excited these whiskeys are finally ready to be enjoyed and people are taking notice.”
Featured in this month’s release, the hearty malt build of Really Old Brown Dog Strong Ale from Smuttynose brings hints of wildflower honey and mandarin peel plus a slightly spicy finish of ginger snap to the BMD whiskey. Rich and complex, Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers is a blend of Belgian-style quadrupel and Belgian kriek, and gives this whiskey a malty depth and gentle sweetness with a touch of cherry. Liquid Gold from Captain Lawrence is a Belgo-American Ale – light golden in color, but packed with flavor bringing notes of clove and citrus to the finished whiskey.
First releases of the Craft Brewers Whiskey Project were distilled from six Massachusetts brewers including Samuel Adams, Berkshire Brewing Company, Jack’s Abby,Massachusetts Bay Brewing, Spencer Brewery, and Big Elm Brewing – Big Elm is sold out. The final whiskey release during the holiday season will highlightLong Trail, Two Roads, and Chatham Brewing.