Within a sprawling, three-greenhouse site in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, a bounty of botanicals, flowers, and vegetables are grown. Clustered on one table is angelica root, joined by sprays of sunflower stalks nearby. In another corner, green peppers spill over their pots, alongside plots of lemon verbena and lemongrass. Outside the greenhouses, in rich soil beds lining a gravel drive, even more grows: Blue Hubbard squash, lavender, licorice, and other flora. At some point, much of it will be used by Berkshire Mountain Distillers, either in cocktails at the tasting room or in one of the distillery’s three stills.
The plants are just part of the distillery’s farm-to-glass profile. Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) founder and master distiller Chris Weld also uses grains grown at neighboring farms as a base for all his spirits, as well as water from a granite-based spring beneath his home property in nearby Sheffield. All told, BMD is a leader in the farm-to-glass movement, and Weld, who owns 100% of the business, values his independence.