BUSINESS BRIEFS: BMD launches new whiskeys; Dr Young joins CHP Dental; artists associated with BSC 2021; Murphy to manage Salisbury Bank Millerton; Jewish Federation hires Rabbi Litwin

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Berkshire Mountain Distillers Launches Three New Whiskeys And Wins Gold Medal

SHEFFIELDBerkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) released three new whiskeys from popular brewers Smuttynose Brewing, Brewery Ommegang and Captain Lawrence Brewing as part of the Craft Brewers Whiskey Project. These whiskeys are part of a six-year collaboration led by BMD, the award-winning maker of a range of craft spirits, and include the distillation of a dozen beers from a limited collection of craft brewers in the Northeast.

In July, the Craft Brewers Whiskey Project was named to the Grand National Championship of the 2021 US Open Whiskey & Spirits, where BMD’s Jack’s Abby Smoke & Dagger American Whiskey won a gold medal. The success of this project prompted BMD to distill another series of whiskeys from well-known brewers including Big Elm Brewing, Two Roads Brewing and Night Shift Brewing.

Featured in this month’s release, the hearty malt composition of Smuttynose’s Really Old Brown Dog Strong Ale brings hints of wildflower honey, cedar and tangerine zest, along with a slightly spicy finish of BMD whiskey ginger. Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers is a blend of authentic Belgian style quadruple Belgian kriek, and gives this whiskey a malty depth and sweet smoothness with a touch of cherry. Captain Lawrence’s Liquid Gold is a Belgian-American beer – light golden in color, but full of flavor, bringing hints of clove and citrus to the finished whiskey.

Early versions of the Craft Brewers Whiskey Project were distilled from six Massachusetts beers, including Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager, Berkshire Brewing Company’s Imperial Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale, and Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers Smoke & Dagger Black Lager. more UFO White Ale from Massachusetts. Bay Brewing Co., Spencer Brewery’s Trappist Ale, and Big Elm Brewing’s 413 Farmhouse Ale. The whiskey’s final release, slated for the next holiday season, will feature Unearthed American Stout from Long Trail Brewing Company, Worker’s Comp Farmhouse Ale from Two Roads Brewing and 8 Barrel from Chatham Brewing.

Whiskeys are sold in the BMD tasting room and are available in some stores. The BMD Distillery and Tasting Room, located at 356 South Main Street in Sheffield, is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Dr Taphaphene Young joins CHP Great Barrington Family Dental

Dr Taphaphene Young. Photo courtesy of CHP

GREATER BARRINGTON – Taphaphene Young, DMD, joined the dental team of CHP Great Barrington Family Dental. She provides dental care to adults and children.

Young graduated in 2020 from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She received her Masters of Health Sciences from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and a BA in Psychology and Premedical Studies from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

While at Tufts, Dr. Young served as the Student Ambassador and Diversity Officer for the National Student Dental Association. She has been responsible for fundraising for the Tufts Academy of General Dentistry and, at Spelman College, president / vice-president of the Spelman section of the Pre-Dental Institute. She was also affiliated with Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for surgeries for children with cleft palate.

Dr Young is now accepting new patients of all ages at Great Barrington Family Dental. CHP accepts all forms of dental insurance, including Berkshire Fallon, and also offers sliding scale payment terms for patients. For information or an appointment, please dial 413-528-5565.

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Barrington Stage Company Announces Associate Artists 2021

Beowulf Boritt. Photo: BSC

PITTSFIELDBarrington Theater Company (BSC) announces its 2021 associate artists: set designer Beowulf Boritt, actress Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer and costume designer Alejo Vietti.

Founded in 2010, BSC’s associate artists include choreographer Joshua Bergasse, director Joe Calarco, costume designer Jen Caprio, music director Darren R. Cohen, actor Mark H. Dold, actress Gretchen Egolf, music director Vadim Feichtner, composer / lyricist William Finn, actor Alan H. Green, composer / lyricist Joe Iconis, actor / director Christopher Innvar and light designer David Lander.

Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer. Photo: BSC

And that’s not all. Other Associate Artists include Production Manager Renee Lutz, Actor Jeff McCarthy, Casting Director Pat McCorkle, Director / Choreographer Jeffrey Page, Lighting Designer Scott Pinkney, Set Designer Brian Prather, Director John Rando, actress Debra Jo Rupp, press director Charlie Siedenburg, actress Elizabeth Stanley, playwright Mark St. Germain, costume designer Sara Jean Tosetti, actress Alysha Umphress and actress Peggy Pharr Wilson.

Alejo Vietti. Photo: BSC

Associate artists are full members of BSC who have made extraordinary contributions to the theater. They have helped BSC accomplish its mission, both by collaborating on top-notch work at BSC and fostering a close relationship with the community. Associate artists are part of the artistic team and help by suggesting plays and musicals to be produced, developing new works on the Boyd-Quinson stage and the St-Germain stage, and consulting with the artistic director on various projects, both artistic and educational.

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Sara Murphy to lead Millerton branch of Salisbury Bank

Sara Murphy. Photo courtesy of Salisbury Bank

LAKEVILLE, Connecticut.Salisbury Bank recently announced that Sara Murphy has accepted the position of Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at the Millerton, NY branch.

As Branch Manager, Murphy will lead the team and oversee all aspects of customer service in the Millerton office, ensuring customers continue to receive the level of personalized service they know and expect.

Murphy started at the bank in 2015 as a client associate at the Millerton branch and has been the deputy branch manager since April 2018. She took up her new role on Monday October 4th.

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Jewish Federation appoints Litwin as director of community engagement and programming

Rabbi Daveen H. Litwin. Photo courtesy of the Jewish Federation

PITTSFIELD – The Jewish Federation of Berkshires recently announced the appointment of Rabbi Daveen H. Litwin as Director of Community Engagement and Programming. This new full-time position builds on existing Federation programs and community development efforts, while expanding his ability to address important outreach and engagement priorities as identified in his recent strategic plan.

Rabbi Litwin was previously Dean and Chaplain of the Tucker Center for Spiritual and Ethical Life at Dartmouth College. She has held leadership positions on college campuses for more than two decades, including as chaplain at Claremont Colleges, rabbi at Grinnell College, and executive director of Hillel at the University of Kansas. She has also served as a congregational rabbi in Toronto, Ontario, and Northampton, Massachusetts.

In addition to her programming, administration and pastoral experience, Litwin has worked as a teacher and collaborator with multi-faith organizations, affinity groups and cultural communities. She holds a BA from Brandeis University and received her rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Litwin will start working part-time remotely as she moves to the Berkshires.

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