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Inglorious Bastard

Inglorious Bastards, Indeed!

There’s nothing like a buddy showing up with two big bottles of beer you’ve never tried before.  Friday night, my friend Frank arrived with two pricey corked beers that had a lot of promise. We eagerly popped open the first (a barleywine drenched with honey taste) and were terribly disappointed.  Then the second, a Russian Imperial with a great pedigree and an awful, merlot-like finish.  So who came to the rescue when these two $10+ beers failed to deliver?  A Bastard of the first degree!

He may look devilish, but he's awesome in a pinch

Arrogant Bastard: He may look devilish, but he's awesome in a pinch

I’m glad I had this guy and a few of his friends in the beer fridge, because he saved the night.  After two swings and two terrible misses, this sub $5.00 brew (for the big bottle) got the job done like it always does, with a sweet hoppy aroma and deep citrusy, piney goodness.  The boys and girls over at Stone sure know how to make a great beer that doesn’t cost a lot, and Arrogant Bastard Ale might be the best they brew.  Is this the best beer for under $5.00 sold today?  Quite possibly.  It might be worth having a bargain beer shootout to find out.

In the meantime, the two expensive clunkers this Arrogant Bastard bested aren’t going to be let off the hook that easily.  Look for a scathing review of each in the coming days.  Meanwhile, always remember to have a backup, kids.  There’s a lot of bad beer out there.

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Author:Jim

Craft beer nerd, frequent beer blogger and occasional home brewer.

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4 Comments on “Inglorious Bastard”

  1. September 29, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    I just had my second bottle of this last week and couldn’t agree more about Stone. I just wish they’d distribute in Minnesota so I don’t have to run over to Hudson for it.

    • Jim
      September 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

      Mikey, welcome to BW&B! Stone is awesome because they make really superior beers that are a great value. It worth the trip as long as you load up. I just wasted a Stone Vertical Epic 9.9.09 by drinking it right away instead of storing it for three years like your supposed to (always read the label), and it was still pretty good.

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