Berkshire Mountain Distillers Collaborates with Craft Brewers on Limited Edition Cask Finished Bourbons

Sheffield, MA Berkshire Mountain Distillers has recently launched a unique collaboration with 10 influential craft brewers across the country. Inspired by his love of craft beer and creating new, unique spirits, BMD owner and distiller, Chris Weld is finishing his award winning (Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible; Whisky Guild Gold Medal Winner) Berkshire Bourbon in recently emptied beer barrels from participating brewers for a minimum of three months. “We are looking forward to seeing what subtle changes each different style beer will impart on our bourbon,” says Weld.

So far, Berkshire Mountain Distillers has released limited-edition bourbons in Massachusetts – continuing their partnership with Samuel Adams – in addition to collaborations with Georgia’s Terrapin Brewing Company and Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Brewing Company. In the coming months BMD is set to release four more limited-edition bourbons in partnership with Michigan’s Founders Brewing, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing, Montana’s Big Sky Brewing and Washington’s Hale’s Ales.

The name of the brewery and beer will be indicated on each bottle of bourbon and will only be available in the brewer’s region. Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ partnerships with such a diverse range of world-class, craft-brewers is a testament to the growing popularity of the high-quality products craft distillers and brewers have to offer. These collaborations afford fans of both genres an exciting new drinking experience.

This limited-edition line of Berkshire Bourbon will remain at 43% ABV with an MSRP ranging form $42.99 to $60. Berkshire Bourbon is smooth and balanced with bright notes of spicy rye, vanilla and mature fruit, with a lingering finish of caramel and toasted nut. It is triple distilled and aged in charred virgin American white oak barrels. The mash bill contains corn sourced from a family farm located just three miles from the distillery.

PARTICIPATING BREWERS:

 

Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, MontanaBigSkyBrew.com

Beer: Hound Dog – A double IPA with a rich malt taste, subtle floral and fried fruit notes; aged in bourbon barrels; 8.8% ABV

Release Date: March 2014

 

Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Florida; CigarCityBrewing.com

Beer: Forgotten Island- Belgian-style, quad aged in rum barrels; 15% ABV.

Release Date March 2014

 

Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, Michigan; FoundersBrewing.com

Beer: Kentucky Breakfast Stout – An imperial stout brewed with large amounts of coffee and chocolate; aged in bourbon barrels; 11.2% ABV.

Release Date:  March 2014

 

Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Oregon; FullSailBrewing.com

Beer: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout –Strong roasted malt, chocolate and caramel notes; 9% ABV.

Release Date: Summer 2014

 

Hale’s Ales, Seattle, Washington; HalesBrewery.com

Beer: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout – An imperial stout with six different malts, a complex hop profile with notes of dark chocolate and coffee; 10.5% ABV.

Release Date: March 2014

 

Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, New York; Ommegang.com

Beer: Adoration – A Belgian Winter, dark, malty and assertively spicy; aged in bourbon barrels, 10% ABV.

Release Date: Late Spring 2014

 

Samuel Adams, Boston, Massachusetts; SamuelAdams.com

Beer: Samuel Adams Utopias – Sweet fire with dark fruit notes; a rich malt with a woody complexity; aged in bourbon, port and rum barrels; 29% ABV.

Release Date: January 2014  & Late Spring 2014

 

Smuttynose Brewing Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Smuttynose.com

Beer:  Durty – A brown IPA with an American-sized dose of hops, malty with dark cocoa notes; aged in BMD Ragged Mountain Rum barrels; 8.4% ABV.

Release Date: TBD

 

Terrapin Brewing Company, Athens, Georgia; TerrapinBeer.com

Beer: Monk’s Revenge – A Belgian triple with the flavor and aroma of a double IPA and the malt character of a fine Belgian triple; aged in red wine barrels; 9.8% ABV.

Release Date: January 2014

 

Tröegs Brewing Company, Hershey, Pennsylvania; Troegs.com

Beer: Troegenator – A double bock with a strong malt aroma, a rich chewy body and subtle spicy notes; aged in bourbon barrels; 8.2% ABV.

Release Date: January 2014

ABOUT BERKSHIRE MOUNTAIN DISTILLERS

Established in 2007, Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) has created a line of award-winning artisanal spirits including Greylock Gin, Ethereal Gin, Ragged Mountain Rum, Ice Glen Vodka, Berkshire Bourbon, New England Corn Whiskey and Barreled Ethereal Gin, which are currently available throughout the United States. All of BMD’s products are handcrafted in small batches in Sheffield, Massachusetts at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since prohibition. BMD is one of the founding members of the craft distiller movement and is embraced by several of the nation’s leading mixologists. BMD’s spirits have received numerous accolades including Gold Medal Awards from both the Beverage Tasting Institute and San Francisco Spirits Competition. As supporters of the regions family farms and small businesses, BMD uses locally sourced ingredients and water from the distillery’s historic, on site spring to create a truly authentic, artisanal brand.  

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