In the fall of 2007 I discovered a great local beer store called Julio’s Liquors. I hadn’t even dipped my toe into the craft beer world at the time, so Julio’s had more varieties of beer than I’d ever seen in my life. I found myself in the “big bottle” aisle where a certain label caught my attention. The name of the beer was Arrogant Bastard, and with my dad scheduled to visit soon I figured I should pick up a bottle if only to share a laugh over the name.
Flash forward to my parents’ visit. My dad & I were downstairs watching a college football game when I pulled out the bottle and asked if he wanted to try it. He was game, so I opened it up. I remember noticing how dark the beer looked, but it was a dark copper color. Definitely nothing like the darkness of a stout. Dad & I took a sip at about the same time, and our immediate reaction was in stereo: “WHOA”. I didn’t have much basis for comparison at the time, but my immediate reaction was that this beer tasted like an extremely concentrated (and infinitely more delicious) version of Harpoon IPA. Obviously the similar flavor I was tasting was the hops, but I didn’t know it at the time. All I knew was I loved this beer and I wanted to drink more of it. I’ll always look back on that experience as the night I became a Hop Head.
Ever since then I’ve stuck with Stone as my favorite brewery. My only issue with the Arrogant Bastard was that it’s such a commitment to open the bottle. Given the alcohol content, it’s definitely a weekend beer. You can imagine how pleased I was to be crusing the Julio’s beer aisle one day and stumble upon Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale. It’s the same delicous, hoppy Arrogant Bastard with a hint of oak flavor coming through on the palate, and it comes in a 12-ounce bottle! Perfect for a week night, and it’s backed by the same malt base I crave to compliment the hops. Pair it with some salty crackers and pepper jack cheese and you’ll be in for a treat!
Oaked Arrogant Bastard is an American Strong Ale that checks in at 7.20% ABV.