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By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
There is something pretty awesome about a beer label that reads, “This is an aggressive ale. You probably won’t like it,” while taking a shot at the macro-beer companies. There is something even more awesome about a beer with the words “Arrogant” and “Bastard” in its name. But despite the bottle’s warning and brewery’s supreme confidence, Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Ale is not only one of my favorite beers, it is also on tap this weekend.
First, I love Stone Brewing Company. I love their arrogance (pun intended). I love their “we know we brew great beers and we are not afraid to tell you” attitude. But most of all, I love their beers. Stone Brewing Co. is one of the largest breweries in the United States, and since 1996 has been making fantastic year round and seasonal beers. One of the coolest things about this brewery is its collaboration beers with other craft breweries. Yes, they make beers with their competition. Every year, Stone and two other breweries collaborate to make a special one-time brew. How awesome is that?
Arrogant Bastard is an American Strong Ale that has heavy malt and hop flavors combined with flavors of toffee and caramel. You will notice the hops, but because of the toffee/caramel combination, the taste is smoother than one would expect. But the brew’s bitter finish is what stands out the most, which isn’t surprising given Stone is a California brewery that champions West Coast IPAs. And at 7.2 ABV, it will get you right in no time.
Tonight I am enjoying this brew with a man-sized 1.25 pound Ribeye. That’s right, there are starving children in the world and I am eating a 1.25 pound steak because it’s Thursday. Even if you can’t cook and can only find this brew on tap, order one. The beer’s name will get the attention of the girl waiting to order a fuzzy navel with four olives, and hopefully the beer will give you enough arrogance to talk to her. Then hopefully she will be tipsy enough to 1.) Think you are cute and 2.) go home with you. Even if you are a dude who always finds himself in the friend-zone and your arrogant bastard will only be found within a pint glass, don’t let that stop you from ordering this awesome brew.
Alcohol by Volume: 7.2%
Color (SRM): Deep Amber, almost Brown with a touch of red