Review: Five & 20 Rhiskey Business

Review: Five & 20 Rhiskey Business

New York’s Five & 20 doesn’t just make whiskey, like many craft distilleries, it also makes beer. Its Rhiskey Business combines both worlds: The aged rye beer is made with local pale malt, C­10 malt, rye malt, and chocolate malt along with Chinook and locally grown Cascade hops. After fermentation, it’s aged in the company’s freshly emptied rye whiskey barrels for approximately 7 months.

The mahogany colored beer is ultra-sweet up front, heavy with figs, vanilla, and a strong milk chocolate character. There’s rye-driven spice on top, but the chocolate malt and whiskey barrel have had their way with this beer, leaving the front top-heavy with sugar. It settles down with time, and a note of peppered crackers, lightly buttered, eventually winds its way to the palate. The finish offers a reprise of that jammy fig note.

As barrel-aged beers go, Rhiskey Business is fairly innocuous, though the relatively low alcohol level might make it more approachable to newcomers to the category.

7.1% abv.

B / $NA (12 oz bottle) /

Five & 20 Rhiskey Business




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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