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WHISKEY - R5 Clear SOLD OUT

SKU WHISKR5C7
Sold out now but Marko is busy distilling much, much much more!

Here's the story behind the first release of R5 Whiskey... both "C" (Clear) and "A" (Aged) styles. 

93 Points, WINE ENTHUSIAST: "This is one of the most interesting and riotous options in the moonshine category. The aromatics are sweet and funky, with a sour hoppy note. Although it's hot - as would be expected at nearly 100 proof - bright flavors still emerge, tempered by a touch of sweetness and ginger-cinnamon fireworks. A surprising effervescence makes the flavors pop." Kara Newman

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 upcoming Charbay 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 and by request

Available Soon. We can not sell to our California Customers - let us help you find a store/restaurant close by!

  • Tasting Notes: Look for the green spicy aromas with hop and malt tones followed by flavors of tropical fruit like lychee, dried papaya and stone fruit. A certain freshness, almost beer like taste - but it's whiskey and smooth to sip.
  • Serving Suggestions: Enjoy room temperature neat, with a splash of spring water or a spring water ice cube. What's really neat is to pour a glass of Racer 5 beer beside a shot of R5 Whiskey Clear and R5 Whiskey Aged. Taste the progression of all the flavors so you can see how they evolve and follow through. And the cocktail ideas are just starting to pour in...
  • Collectors Alert: Sold out...Marko is scheduled to bottle more. Stand by.
  • Production: 250 6 packs
  • Alcohol: 49.5 % Alc. By Vol 99 Proof
  • Bottle Size: 750 mL
  • Additional Information: Wine Enthusiast: 93 points "This is one of the most interesting and riotous options in the moonshine category. The aromatics are sweet and funky, with a sour hoppy note. Although it's hot - as would be expected at nearly 100 proof - bright flavors still emerge, tempered by a touch of sweetness and ginger-cinnamon fireworks. A surprising effervescence makes the flavors pop.
  • Release Date: Next Bottling: May