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Stone Brewing Company Unleashes Their Arrogant Bastard Sauces

Introduced in 1997 by the Stone Brewing Co, Arrogant Bastard Ale immediately developed a following among "those who know" (a.k.a. "the Worthy"). Arrogant Bastard Ale is an aggressive beer and not for the timid or weak. As such, it demands pairing with food that takes the same stance. So when Russ Bruhn, a similarly (and appropriately) arrogant friend at Carlsbad Gourmet approached them to collaborate on a hot sauce recipe made with Arrogant Bastard, not only did they say yes - they said, "Let's make three!"

Russ, a fixture in the Orange county area, well known for cornering the strawberry market with his myriad of strawberry themed products seems to be having a great time in his venture out into slightly darker territories of the gourmet food world. While this line is a bit of a step out from his Carlsbad Gourmet line in image, Russ puts the same care and quality into these fine brew laden sauces. The end result is some of the best specialty sauces that you will ever find. Oh... and they have beer in them!

This is the Bastard Trinity. “They shall deliver you from mediocrity, whether you want it or not.” 

Arrogant Bastard Ale: Jalapeño Heat
Few are Worthy of this sauce. Its distinct burning flavor is certainly beyond the tolerance of most. Beyond you? That is for you to decide. The matriculated will appreciate its flavor and depth. The informed will understand its craftsmanship. Curiously, while the flavor is most certainly suggestive of the fiery depths, simply combine with your favorite food and an Arrogant Bastard Ale, and you might swear you were in heaven.

OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale: Chipotle
OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale is a truly unique beer. All of the aggressive palate-punishing flavor of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, but with American oak wood chips added in the brewing process, resulting in unique flavors and aromas of vanilla and molasses. Combining it with the roasty distinctiveness of chipotle peppers creates a hot sauce as unique as the beer.

Double Bastard Ale: Double Burn Habanero
A sauce almost as big as the beer that's in it - ALMOST. Merciful beings that we are, we chose to utilize none other than habanero to dilute it. If you're tasting this hot sauce as you read this, you either love habanero or you just lost a bet. (Not yet personally familiar with habanero? No matter, it's a s-h-o-r-t learning curve.) Double Bastard Ale Double Burn Habanero is a surprisingly well-balanced hot sauce to those fire eaters who love habanero, and a singular pain to those who are unworthy.

Besides the Trinity of hot sauces this joint venture has also produced two sauces that are not created to send your tongue on a torturous ride to Endorphinville.

Stone Ruination IPA Curry Mustard Grilling Sauce; Does the mere mention of mustard and curry send your palate into a frenzy of anticipation? Then just imagine those flavors combined with the beautifully bitter potency of our Stone Ruination IPA! You'll transcend to a whole new level of gustatory joy when you use this sauce at your next meal. "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop" is how we refer to Stone Ruination IPA, and this sauce is like setting those poetic words to music. Your palate will sing and your tongue will dance. Careful’re drooling is causing people to stare. But that's not really the problem - except that they might want you to share!

Stone Smoked Porter & Pasilla Pepper BBQ Sauce; a “dark, rich, and complicated sauce", describes our Stone Smoked Porter - and we like our BBQ sauce the same way. Although you yourself needn't be dark, rich, or even complicated to enjoy this sauce, if you happen to be any of the above, perhaps so much the better. Regardless, come with us and venture over to the dark side...if you dare! Just don't waste it on unworthy food. For starters, we recommend natural/organic meats. If you use it on tastes-like-rubber factory chicken, for example, you will simply end up with tastes-like-rubber chicken with tastes-like-dark-rich-and-complicated sauce on it. And we expect more of you than that. Don't ever let us, or more importantly, yourself, down. We won't.

Posted by RoJo's Gourmet Blog at 2:27 PM

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