Turning beer into hard stuff, straight out of the Cali craft booze movement, R5 Whiskey from Charbay is an oh-so-limited and unusual distillation of 6,000 gallons of Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, another California small-batch product and a favorite of Charbay Master Distiller Marko Karakasevic. The beer-to-whiskey conversion resulted in 590 gallons, aged for 22 months in French oak barrels and stainless steel vats for Aged and Clear versions, and it’s out now. 99 proof. $75. Hunt it down!
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