Virginia Distillery Co unveils beer-finished whiskey rangeBy Owen Bellwood
The Virginia Distillery Company has launched the first beer barrel-finished whiskey in its Brewers Batch range, a series that involves collaborations with local breweries.
Batch #1, the first expression in the distillery’s new Brewers Batch range, has been produced in collaboration with the Three Notch’d Brewing Company in Virginia.
The collaboration saw the Virginia brewery produce a Wee Heavy style beer, called Stage Road, which was aged in casks from the distillery for a number of months.
Once the beer had matured, the casks were drained and returned to the Virginia Distillery Company, which then transferred its whiskey into the casks for 12 months.
Dave Warwick, brew master at the Three Notch’d Brewing Company, said: “I would’ve never guessed that whiskey could pick up flavours from beer barrels, but Virginia Distillery Company made it happen.
“Seeing our logo on a whiskey bottle is surreal. It’s definitely one of our proudest moments here at Three Notch’d.”
The whiskey maker, which uses Scottish barley to make its spirit, hopes that the Brewers Batch range will see it collaborate with breweries outside of Virginia.
Virginia Distillery Company’s CEO, Gareth H Moore, said: “We love collaborating with different makers on releases. The Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky has provided a fun chance to work with a great quality brewery that happens to be close to home.”
The distillery is currently working on the second batch in the range with Three Stars Brewing in Washington, D.C.
Brewers Batch #1 will be available from select Virginia ABC stores at an RRP of $64.59 per 750ml.
Last year, the Lovingston-based whisky maker introduced an initiative allowing individuals or groups to purchase a cask of its maturing spirit.