The bottle of beer (well, almost)
Berkshire Mountain Distillers
We all know Samuel Adams , the beer /zigman2/quotes/205338227/composite SAM -2.25% that made “craft” a buzzword in the industry. But what about Samuel Adams, the whiskey maker? In a sense, that’s what Two Lanterns American Whiskey ($120) is all about. The sip is a collaboration between Samuel Adams and Berkshire Mountain Distillers , a Massachusetts-based brand known for such artisanal spirits as Greylock Gin and Ragged Mountain Rum. To create Two Lanterns, Berkshire used Samuel Adams’ signature beer, Boston Lager, as its base, distilling it three times and then aging it. The resulting whiskey indeed has a beer-ish undertone flavor-wise, but it’s also a clean-tasting delight unto itself — in other words, it’s a novelty sip that stands on its own merits.