California distiller creates whisky from craft beer

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Marko Karakasevic, a 13th generation Master Distiller, has created a new whiskey distilled from a popular craft beer from artisan brewers Bear Republic.

The R5 Whiskey from Karakasevic’s Charbay Winery & Distillery has been produced using Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA as the base.

The R5 comes in two forms – R5 Clear which has been aged for 22 months in stainless steel and R% Aged, which has been matured in French Oak casks.

According to their media release the whiskey is fruity and floral with green spicy aromas and hop and malt tones followed by flavours of tropical fruit like lychee, dried papaya and toasted barley. The Aged is amber colour with tones of vanilla, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and smoky toasted oak.

“You can really taste the beer this Whiskey is made from,” said Karakasevic. “Our goal was to balance the spice from the hops and the barley flavors with just the right amount of oak.”

R5 Clear Whiskey is $54/bottle while the R5 French Oak Aged is $75/ bottle. These are small lot releases of 250 and 450 cases respectively.


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