To finalize its Craft Brewers Whiskey Project, Berkshire Mountain Distillers recently released three new whiskeys distilled from beer sourced from Long Trail Brewing, Two Roads Brewing, and Chatham Brewing.
They are now available in Berkshire Mountain’s tasting room and across the Northeast.
The three whiskeys are the final release of a six-year collaboration led by Berkshire Mountain, and includes the distilling of a dozen beers from a limited collection of craft brewers.
In 2021, Berkshire Mountain’s project was recognized in the US Open Whiskey & Spirits Grand National Championship where Jack’s Abby Smoke & Dagger Whiskey won a Gold Medal.
“We’re really excited to work with a great group of partners on a unique project bringing together the craft distillery and craft beer worlds and are hoping to celebrate with some collaborative tasting events this spring,” said Chris Weld, founder of Berkshire Mountain Distillers, in a prepared statement.
Consumer demand for this project has resulted in what’s said to be wider distribution for the collection: Smuttynose is available in New Hampshire, Captain Lawrence in New York, and Spring Brewery Ommegang also in New York.
The success of the project prompted Berkshire Mountain to distill another round of whiskeys from Big Elm Brewing, Two Roads Brewing, and Night Shift Brewing.
The first Craft Brewers Whiskey Project releases were distilled from six Massachusetts-based beers including Boston Lager from Samuel Adams, Berkshire Brewing Company’s Imperial Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale, and Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers Smoke & Dagger Black Lager plus UFO White Ale from Massachusetts Bay Brewing Co., Spencer Brewery’s Trappist Ale, and Big Elm Brewing’s 413 Farmhouse Ale.
Fall releases included Smuttynose Brewing’s Really Old Brown Dog Strong Ale, Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers, and Captain Lawrence Brewing’s Liquid Gold.
The whiskeys are sold in the Berkshire Mountain tasting room and are available in select stores. Chatham Brewing will be available at Berkshire Mountain only. Samuel Adams, Jack’s Abby, and Big Elm Brewing are currently sold out in the tasting room and others are in short supply.
Tasting notes on each on the final whiskeys can be found below.
- A complex yet easy-drinking whiskey, Long Trail Brewing’s Unearthed American Whiskey is made from an American stout base. This whiskey has a blossoming nose of garam masala, cedar, clove, and vanilla sugar with a clean, rich note of caramel, and hints of peat and cardamom.
- Chatham Brewing is one of the first microbreweries in New York to produce award-winning beers. The Eight Barrel whiskey offers notes of roasted almond, madagascar vanilla, and cacao nib, with a spicy mid-palate of cinnamon and toffee that resolves into a clean and creamy finish.
- Two Roads Brewing Worker’s Comp Farmhouse Ale whiskey is formulated from their iconic Saison with a unique yeast strain, complex grain build, and judicious use of hops which create rich, malty notes and hints of turmeric, sandalwood, papaya, and pineapple, finishing with a frozen banana custard richness.