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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24jun12:00 pm- 4:30 pmStoke-on-Trent Whisky Festival 2017Around 100 whiskies and more than 15 gins availableKing's Hall, Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH

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Organised by 2 local whisky enthusiasts, Chris Knight and Neil Rowley; we wanted a way to give fellow enthusiasts, and new comers alike, the chance to taste new whiskies from a wide range of distillers from around the world, along with some fantastic offerings from independent bottlers.

There are 2 types of ticket, an Admission ticket and a Masterclass ticket. A Masterclass ticket MUST be accompanied by an Admission ticket.

With the increased popularity of gins over recent years, we also wanted to raise people’s awareness of the fantastic products now available. There will be a number of gins available at the festival, giving you a chance to try new gins from some of the many artisan distillers.


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Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH

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