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Emblazoned with fortune cookie-like advice, if Lucifer were to write it, the Burning Trinity of Bastard Hot Sauces dares you to buy it. Literally. “It’s Not Too Expensive, You’re Too Cheap” and “You’re Not Worthy” are two of the beckoning phrases inspired by Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co. In the late 1990s Arrogant Bastard Ale found its place in the hearts of “aggressive” beer drinkers, not “the timid or weak”, and not long after, Carlsbad Gourmet approached the brewery to see if a collaboration could develop between the condiment makers and the brewers. Now available on both company’s websites is this infamous, infernal, incomparable selection of three hot sauces. Granted, most ingredients are identical among the three, but it’s the subtle differences that matter. Arrogant Bastard Ale Jalapeño Heat uses the (arguably) most recognized of Stone’s brews, plus a pepper that provides the common heat that most are accustomed to from jalapeños. Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale Chipotle has the faintest hair of molasses and vanilla, since the beer is brewed with American oak chips. Chipotle is a smoked jalapeño, making this sauce richer in flavor and right about the same heat level as the Jalapeño Heat. Double Bastard Ale is one of August’s favorite Stone brews, but as Double Bastard Ale Double Burn Habanero, it’s all for Zach. This is surely the spiciest of the three sauces, but if you’re not distracted by the heat, you’ll enjoy the flavor. It’s only appropriate that the sauces designed to complement beer that holds no punches, would themselves be bold and baneful.
October is fast approaching and we’re scheming and plotting to host our own Oktoberfest for readers, family, and friends. We’re looking for any and all things with beer as an ingredient to use in the menu, and Stone Brewing Co. has a variety of condiments infused with its libations. As a session beer, Levitation Ale is extremely flavorful without being overpoweringly high in alcohol, therefore it’s ideal for a barbecue sauce – since the amber ale’s flavors reign instead of the effects, those flavors translate well to the sauce. There are more predominant garlic and onion notes with a medium smokiness in the beginning, followed by a distinctly tangy and vaguely sweet hint of the ale. Levitation Ale isn’t available in all states, but the sauce can be shipped anywhere. Even dry counties and states can celebrate Oktoberfest, just through taste instead of inebriation.
You wouldn’t know it just glancing at Stone Brewing Co.‘s home page, but there’s a line of mustards available with Stone beer for an ingredient, made in collaboration with Carlsbad Gourmet. Apparently there was a snafu in 2010 when the beer disappeared before making its way into the mustard, hence the 2.0 designation. The first incarnation was probably just as tasty as the second with beer, but we’ll never know. All we do know is that Pale Ale 2.0 is a treat. Mildly tangy in its vinegar acidity, this is not a vibrant mustard in the traditional sense. What makes your taste buds come to attention is the chipotle that brings a medium-high heat, but with actual strong chipotle flavor to back it up. Even for being stone ground (get it? ’cause it’s made with Stone?) it more creamy than gritty, as many stone grounds can be. With such taste and texture, it would go really well on pretty much any sausage, a roast beef sandwich, or a 50/50 burger.