Monday June 18, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON - Beer and whiskey, two of America's favorite spirits, are coming together in a unique cross-state partnership.

Berkshire Mountain Distillers, located on Home Road in Great Barrington, has teamed with The Boston Beer Co., makers of Samuel Adams beer, for a multi-year project in which the local distiller will turn two of the Boston-based brewer's beers to produce two new spirits.

Berkshire Mountain is using 12,000 gallons of Sam Adams' flagship Boston Lager and the small-batch Cinder Bock in a triple distillation process to create an aged whiskey expected to be ready for sale by 2015. The process is expected to yield 500 gallons, or 12,000 bottles, of whiskey.

The collaboration is a first of its kind for both companies. This story will be updated in future editions of The Eagle.