Charbay R5 Hop Flavored Whiskey
Charbay R5 Hop Flavored Whiskey is the product of a marriage between two of California's finest institutions: Charbay Distillery and Bear Republic Brewery. The whiskey is crafted by distilling bottle-ready Racer 5 IPA (7% ABV), a craft beer brewed by the Bear Republic Brewery. Racer 5 IPA is a full-bodied beer that is made from American ale and crystal hops, and is heavily hopped (the beer includes Chinook, Cascade, Columbus, and Centennial hops).
After 6,000 gallons of the beer arrived at Charbay Distillery, the beer was distilled 24-hours a day for ten days through a 1000 gallon alambic charentais pot still, reducing the beer to just 590 gallons of Charbay R5 Whiskey. "I buy the biggest I can,"Marko says, referring to the beer he distills into whiskey. "It comes with a driver and 18 wheels."Following distillation, the whiskey was matured for approximately two years in French oak casks.