WHISKEY - R5 Aged
Liquor.com: "Full of wonderful baking-spice and hops notes... For several years, Charbay has been experimenting with distilling craft beer into whiskey. The latest spirit, which was just released and is a potent 99-proof, begins as Racer 5 IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co. As a result, it’s full of wonderful baking-spice and hops notes." Noah Rothbaum
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I'm going to share what was written from a recent event - so this isn't just Marko's Mom telling you about this exciting Whiskey! - Susan
Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA Becomes a Whiskey
6/12/12 at 1:40 PM
Drink.Eat.Play's cocktail classic was staged last Friday in Downtown L.A., giving...attendees a glimpse at newfangled spirits like Douglas Fir eau de vie, Death's Door white whiskey, and vermouths aspiring to greater peaks through ever-stranger infusions of botanicals.
But what really blew our minds was the ground-breaking meld of craft beer and whiskey in what St. Helena's coveted Charbay distillery calls its "hop whiskey." The product, which will soon see release under the name "R5 Aged Whiskey," is basically whiskey made through the distillation of, not of grain nor fruit, but Healdsburg-based Bear Republic's famed Racer 5 IPA.
The beer is distilled in double copper alambic charentais pots 24 hours a day for nine days straight before being aged for 22 months in French Oak. The result offers a definite whiskey taste profile with clear notes of hops, fruit, and malt when sipped. Distiller Marko Karakasevic, who started such experimentation with a pilsner-fueled light whiskey for Charbay nearly fourteen years ago, says he used 6,000 gallons of Racer 5 to produce 590 gallons of the spirit.
Karakasevic is also working on a version using Bear Republic's stout, and is releasing a new tequila under the name Tapatio (unfortunately, without Tapatio hot sauce) and vodkas infused with blood orange and Meyer lemon.
The biggest challenge will most likely not be in handling this 99-proof R5 Aged, but of course, finding it.
Available throughout California
- Serving Suggestions: Enjoy room temperature neat, with a splash of spring water or a spring water ice cube.
- Alcohol: 49.5 % Alc. By Vol
- Bottle Size: 750 mL
- Additional Information: Charbay Whiskey R5 Aged - Winner of 2013 Good Food Awards
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- Release Date: 10/1/2012