HALIFAX, NS – North Brewing and Compass Distillers have announced the release of a unique collaboration that dates back more than three years to when the brewery and distillery were both located on Agricola Street in Halifax.
The Neighbours project has the following history:
In early 2018, North Brewing and Compass teamed up to create a collaborative Whiskey: North would make a beer and Compass would distill and barrel age it. We decided to make a beer with interesting yeast and grain character to see how it would translate after being distilled.
North made 3000L of a mixed fermentation mixed grain saison and wheeled it down the street in a giant steel tote with a manual pallet jack (there is still a mark on the sidewalk from that possibly ill-advised, albeit very exciting, effort). Compass distilled and aged the beer for 3 years to create this unique whiskey.
The processes distillers use to ferment grains is very different from how brewers ferment and we wondered if we could yield a smooth whiskey in less time by starting with a beer as the base for a whiskey. We think the results were worth the effort and planning and we hope you enjoy it!
In conjunction with the debut of Neighbours Whiskey, North has released two companion beers – Neighbours Mixed Fermentation Saison (5% abv), a recreation of the original beer which is “lemony and orangey with a lightly peppery finish”; and Midnight Neighbours (12% abv), a strong Belgian dark ale that was aged in the Neighbours Whiskey barrel once it was emptied, and features flavours of “cherry, chocolate, vanilla, oak and notes of whiskey.”
Source & Photo: North Brewing