Local Distillery Makes Whiskey Out Of Fan Favorite Craft Beers

SHEFFIELD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Whiskey and beer fans alike can rejoice in the release of a new local concoction.

Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield has released it's first batch of whiskey that was made from fan favorite craft beers in New England.

The idea was started five years ago by the distiller's founder Chris Weld, who first began reaching out to craft breweries in the area for aged barrels of beer to create the drink.

"A lot of people have asked us, 'have you been putting orange into these whiskies?', Weld said. "And it's just the genetics of the beer translate into the whiskey."

Three brands of beer-turned-whiskey are currently on the market: UFO White from Mass Bay Brewing Company, Spencer Trappist Ale from Spencer Brewery, and 413 Farmhouse Ale from Big Elm Brewing.

Weld said the distiller has also been working with Smutty Nose, Long Trail, Sam Adams and more ales that will be released in select stores across the state later this year.

You can find out more about the beers and where to buy them on the Berkshire Mountain Distillers website.

WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMackayOnAir) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

(Photo: Courtesy of Berkshire Mountain Distillers)

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