Charbay Release S Hop Flavored Whiskey
Charbay S is distilled from bottle-ready Black Stout beer (8.1% ABV) made by the Bear Republic Brewery in California. The beer, made from over five different types of malt and several different hop varieties, earned the Gold Medal at the 2009 Los Angeles International Beer Competition. Bold, roasty and with a hint of caramel, Black Stout beer translates into an exceptionally complex whiskey. "I buy the biggest I can," Marko Karakasevic — Miles's son — says, referring to the beer hedistills into whiskey. "It comes with a driver and 18 wheels."
Working from his distillery in St. Helena, California, Marko distilled 6,000 gallons of Black Stout beer in a double copper alambic charentais pot 24 hours a day for 9 days straight, turning it into only 590 gallons of whiskey. Afterward, the whiskey was aged in French oak casks for 22 months before being bottled by hand.