Red Deer's GrainHenge is releasing its inaugural Meeting Creek Single Malt Whisky on Dec. 7. (Photo contributed)

Whisky created in Red Deer’s Troubled Monk Brewery to be released next week

GrainHenge’s first release is Meeting Creek Single Malt Whisky

GrainHenge is set to launch a Red Deer craft whisky on Tuesday.

Created inside Troubled Monk’s craft brewery in Alberta, the inaugural release from this small-batch series is Meeting Creek Single Malt Whisky.

This three-year old whisky is influenced by one of Troubled Monk’s year round offerings, Open Road American Brown Ale. A World Beer Cup Silver Medalist in 2016, this beer is known for its roasty flavours.

In 2018, head distiller Garret Haynes rewrote the recipe for what would become GrainHenge’s first-ever release.

Using Open Road’s mash ingredients for inspiration, he increased the quantity of the two-row, amber, crystal, brown and chocolate specialty malts.

“I was pleasantly surprised that the nuttiness from the amber and brown malts, and a lot of the chocolate, persisted through the distillation process,” said Haynes. “Therefore, a lot of chocolate and nutty character remains in the finished spirit.”

Due to high demand and limited supply, a lottery will be held to purchase a bottle of Meeting Creek, which costs $100 plus tax.

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