Companies joining forces to produce local brew
It's moonshine with a base brew familiar to many in the making at a Berkshire County-based distiller. Our Brandon Walker has more on a local company that's joined forces with the nation's largest craft beer producer.
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Tucked away in a barn along the southern tip of Great Barrington, a marriage of sorts between two growing craft spirit industries.
"When you're distilling it, the whole distillery just has this great aroma to it," Chris Weld said.
For Weld, that great aroma smells of opportunity. He's distilled spirits for five years as founder and owner of Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Now, a new venture he hopes will usher in a new crop of cask connoisseurs.
Weld said, "I think it's gonna be a great whiskey made from great beers."
Weld's new project has him distilling over 25,000 gallons of Sam Adams beer: The traditional Sam Lager and the Sam Cinder Bock.
"Most malt whiskies don't have a hop component to it, but the beer does," Weld said.
Joining forces with the Boston Beer Company as he crafts two whiskies never before tasted.
"Great local beer company. We make great local whiskey and thought it would be a good collaboration," said Weld.
A good collaboration for a local business that has developed its own following and recognition.
"Our spirits have been doing great,” Weld said. “Our gin just got best craft gin in the country."
Suffice it to say, all of this is a process, so you might want to hold your horses before this becomes your next bottle of whiskey."
"When it's ready. So, my guess is about two years," said Weld.
Two years for what will distill down to about 12,000 bottles of whiskey.
For Weld, the venture is, in a way, validation. A career gamble he took five years ago, seemingly paying off.
"It's nice for us to be able to have their recognition and hopefully they get something from us in that we're sort of hip and trendy and crafty,” Weld said. “I think it's just a great symbiotic relationship."