Seems like every outfit with a license to brew beer is aging porters and sours and stouts in bourbon barrels, a practice that often gives the beer boozy, oaky, and vanilla characteristics. Now, a distillery is doing the exact opposite, partnering with a number of well-known craft breweries to finish their bourbon in beer barrels for at least three months.
Berkshire Mountain Distillers, out of Massachusetts, has partnered with 10 craft breweries to create a line of bourbons finished in used barrels from each popular brewery. The cask-finished bourbon will then only available in that brewery’s region. They’ve collaborated with Terrapin Brewing, Troegs, and Sam Adams already, and are set to create bourbons in collaboration with Founders, Cigar City, Full Sail, Ommegang, and Smuttynose in the near future.
What does finishing bourbon in beer barrels do for the spirit? According to the distillery, the bourbon finished in Terrapin’s Monk’s Revenge casks comes away with complex “fruity, hopped up malty notes.”