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Why There Wouldn’t Be Whisky Without Beer

All whiskey is crafted from something called distiller’s beer, also referred to as wash. The distiller’s beer consists of fermented wort, which is grain, water, and yeast. These fermenting grains help kickstart the process of whiskey turning into alcohol (per Distiller).

Technically, you can imbibe a distiller’s beer, which typically ranges between 7 to 10% ABV, but it’s not exactly renowned for its stellar taste. It’s simply a means to an end, which is contributing to the process of whiskey distillation (via Whisky Advocate). If you were producing a beer meant to be consumed, you would add hops and possibly infuse it with fruits, spices, or other flavors to enhance it.

In recent years though, America has been seeing more breweries cross over into distilling, including Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Rogue Ales & Spirits, and Southern Tier (per The Manual). Some craft/distilling collaborations use pilsners, IPAs, ales, and stouts as the base for their whiskies (via Eater). The Crafty Cask even offers a tutorial (via YouTube) on how to convert craft beer into craft whiskey. So, let’s all raise a glass and cheers to beer for its ever-expanding role in making our beloved whiskeys.

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