Berkshire Mountain Distillers Launches Craft Brewers Whiskey Project

By Allyson Nichols / February 24, 2021

After five years in the making, Berkshire Mountain Distillers is releasing the first whiskey fruits of teaming up with a range of brewers in the Northeast as part of their Craft Brewers Whiskey Project.

The collaboration included the distilling of a dozen popular beers from a limited group of the country’s top craft brewers across five states. Each addition to the whiskey collection is the product of a single-sourced craft brew distilled into a unique Berkshire Mountain Distillers whiskey, with each bottle blended to 86 proof using the distillery’s spring water in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

Berkshire Mountain Distillers' Craft Brewers Whiskey Project

The first whiskeys from the Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ Craft Brewers Whiskey Project. (image via Berkshire Mountain Distillers)

 Packaged in custom bottles with brewer-designed labels, the whiskeys have been aging since 2015. The first release will feature three whiskeys distilled from Mass. Bay Brewing Co.’s UFO White Ale, Spencer Brewery’s Spencer Trappist Ale and Big Elm Brewing’s 413 Farmhouse Ale.

“We were thrilled to collaborate with all of our brewer-partners and are excited these whiskeys are finally ready to be enjoyed by beer and whiskey aficionados alike,” Founder and Proprietor of Berkshire Mountain Distillers Chris Weld said in a prepared statement.“This fun collaboration has been an exceptional project-in-the-making involving 12 brewers, 12 beers, 12 whiskeys and 80 barrels of spirits — we’re eager to release each one to the public.”

“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,” added Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Mass. Bay Brewing Co. “The resulting whiskey does not disappoint.”

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The first release is available this month, with further whiskeys distilled from the beers of Samuel Adams, Berkshire Brewing Company, Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, Brewery Ommegang, Captain Lawrence Brewing, Smuttynose Brewing, Long Trail Brewing Company, Two Roads Brewing and Chatham Brewing coming later this year.

Available in limited numbers (quantities of each whiskey will range from hundreds of bottles to hundreds of cases), each collection in the project will be available in the Berkshire Mountain tasting room, and distributed to select stores and restaurants in multiple states.