Beer Distillation in Whiskey Topic at Iowa Brewer-Distiller Alliance Seminar Thursday | Local News

Scott Bush, owner of The Foundry Distilling Co.


WATERLOO – What if your favorite beer could be distilled into whiskey? Well, sometimes dreams come true.

“It’s a different concept: using beer recipes to turn it and distill it into whiskey and put it in barrels to age it. We make different, unique and interesting whiskeys, ”said Scott Bush, founder / owner of The Foundry Distilling Co. in West Des Moines.

The foundry is working with SingleSpeed ​​Brewing to host the Iowa Brewer-Distiller Alliance seminar on Thursday. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at SingleSpeed ​​Brewing, 325 Commercial St.

Bush will discuss the grain-to-glass whiskey making process and collaborations between brewers and distillers. Participants will enjoy appetizers and whiskey samples. The cost is $ 20.

“We have held seminars in the industry, but we have not had the opportunity for consumers to taste the whiskey,” said Bush.

SingleSpeed ​​Tip a Cow’s popular Cocoa Express Milk Stout, for example, has also been made into whiskey. “We want beer fans to be able to taste fresh whiskey. It’s very tasty and very delicate, and we’re excited about the amount of beer flavor that comes out of the whiskey.

Beer and whiskey start their life as the same liquid. In this case, said Bush, SingleSpeed ​​performs the first process in which starches are converted into sugars, which brewers call wort (stills call it washing). “This is shipped to the smelter where the next steps are done to ferment and distill the beer, and then we age the whiskey in barrels. “

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