We have been sitting on a big secret for far too long now, and it’s finally time to let the badger out of its cage. Monday Night Brewing is proud to announce a Scottish-Style Single Malt Whiskey, brewed and distilled in partnership with ASW Distillery, less than 5 miles from the brewery in our home of Atlanta, GA.
Back in our homebrewing days, Monday Night co-founder Joel Iverson lived next door to ASW co-founder Charlie Thompson. With dozens of strangers showing up on Mondays to brew at Joel’s house, he decided the neighborly thing to do would be to share some of our first homebrew creations with Charlie. The two guys became friends, and our two companies have been friendly ever since. We have co-sponsored events in the Atlanta area, and ASW Distillery also sponsored one of our first anniversary parties here at the brewery.
In this context, our Brewmaster Adam Bishop met ASW’s Head Distiller, Justin Manglitz, before ASW opened their doors. The two quickly hit it off, as both have an adorably obsessive love of all things chemistry and alcohol. As you may or may not know, the first half of the distilling process is essentially the brewing process. Given our love of smoked beers (evidenced in our popular Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale) and ASW’s love of whiskey (Atlanta’s only whiskey and brandy distillery) we decided to partner up to produce a smooth, smoky whiskey.
After months of planning, we brewed a mash rich in Cherrywood-smoked malt, the same malt used in Drafty Kilt. We then transferred this mash to ASW by a process called “renting a Penske truck.” It was distilled at ASW in traditional Scottish-style twin copper pot stills before being transferred into new American white oak quarter casks. In all honesty, the hardest part of the process was waiting on it to age. We sampled throughout the maturation process (along with some of ASW’s other unique whiskies and brandies, including a one-of-a-kind “double malt” whiskey of malted barley and malted rye now aging after years in development), and even early on we knew this whiskey was going to be something special.
Fortunately, our patience has paid off. Like the mighty Scottish badger, this Scotch-style Whiskey has a pleasant bite and will burrow into your belly with a smooth, slightly sweet, and delightfully smoky finish.
We will be releasing this whiskey to the greater Atlanta area beginning in early March, with an expected retail price of $59 per 750ml bottle. If you can’t wait till then, we are doing a small release party on Monday, February 27 at ASW. Advance tour tickets are on sale now. If you are able to snag a sip, we recommend drinking straight or on the rocks while wearing a necktie.