The liquid distillers use to make spirits is often referred to as distiller’s beer. It makes sense since the process of mashing and fermenting the distiller’s beer is essentially the same as that of your favorite craft brewery.
Wander North‘s Uncharted series, though, is a literal take on the term as it uses the malted barley mash from popular Northeast Minneapolis craft beers to make small batches of specialty whiskey. The series was born from a collaboration the distillery did with another Northeast Minneapolis establishment.
“After the release of the Applejack we did in collaboration with Sociable Cider Werks, we
created the Uncharted series to further our commitment to creating locally-sourced spirits in
collaboration with our neighbors,” Winter said in a press release in July. “The Uncharted is technically a whiskey distilled from a malt mash, instead of a malt whiskey. That is because is spends one year versus two in used instead of new barrels. What is great is how much of the individuality of the beer comes through in the final product. Once it comes to the distillery, I do the same thing with all of the beers—the taste differences are in what barley, yeast, and hops the brewers use. I’d love for people to set aside a bottle and try three or four of the whiskeys side by side as they sample the beer as well.”
The first whiskey in the series, made with NorthGate Brewing’s Get Together IPA, was released in July 2016. The second Uncharted whiskey, which used 612Brew‘s Unrated Rye IPA, is set to be released Friday, October 7 at Spring Street Tavern. A limited number of bottles will be available at liquors stores the following week.
Followers of the Uncharted series should mark their calendars again in December when the third whiskey, made with NorthGate’s Wall’s End Brown Ale, is released.