Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Arrogant Bastard tidbit

I was listening to the Sunday Session with Pizza Port's Jeff Bagby last Wednesday night while working out.

Jeff used to work for Stone and has brewed Arrogant Bastard. In fact, he was part of brewing the very first batch.

At the end of the interview, Tasty snuck in the question about what specialty malt was used in Arrogant Bastard. Jeff gave a hint that it was one high crystal malt ... not special B. He even said that 150 is about right. He also mentioned that the recipe is incredibly simple with one specialty malt and one hop.

This was much more information than Mitch Steele ever gave out. Even when I found out that Mitch and I have the same wedding anniversary date, he didn't give me anything.
(Mitch is my facebook friend. When I mentioned my wedding anniversary as a status update, Mitch saw it and mentioned that his wedding anniversary is the same day. At that point, I asked Mitch for the Arrogant Bastard recipe, and he said he couldn't give it to me. Apparently, Mitch's job at Stone Brewery is more important to him than my facebook friendship. Oh well.)

So, clearly Tasty was right to move away from Jamil's recipe. Maybe I should apologize to Tasty for my doubt of his judgement (see Arrogant Bastard III)

So assuming the CYBI guys got the hop profile right (which I think they do agree they have done), the recipe would be something like this:

OG: 1.066
94.8 IBU
22.5 SRM

90% pale 2 row
10% Crystal 150 (adjust up or down to match color)

24g Chinook 85 min
24g Chinook 45 min
24g Chinook 15 min
24g Chinook 0 min

WLP 007 Dry English Ale

148 degrees mash

Again, since I love the description on the back of the bottle:

"This is an aggressive ale. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory–maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this. "

By the way ... I was wearing my "I'm an Arrogant Bastard" shirt a couple weeks ago. While I was having lunch with the family, an older lady came over to our table and politely asked:
"Excuse me, but where did you get your shirt?" (or something like that)
She apparently thought the shirt would be awesome to buy for her husband. I do not know if he likes to drink Arrogant Bastard or if she just thinks that he is an arrogant bastard. I sort of suspect that she thinks he is an arrogant bastard. Maybe she thought it was just a cool shirt (which it is).

It was just an amusing encounter. Maybe you had to be there, but it was funny that this little old lady wanted to know where I got my "I'm an Arrogant Bastard" shirt. Tracy laughed, so it isn't just me. The lady also thought it would be fun to get one for her son-in-law. Apparently, she really liked the shirt.

I told her I got it at the brewery. I also told her that they probably have an online store and that I bet she can google "Stone Brewery" and see what she comes up with.

Since then I have confirmed that Stone does have an online store.

If you are interested in owning an Arrogant Bastard long sleeve t-shirt, you can follow this link:

I may even go online myself and buy myself a hat:

(now I feel that I've marketed Stone's merchandise so I don't have to feel guilty for trying to share my buddy Mitch's secret)


  1. According to my blogger stats, one of the referring sites was I wonder who at Stone is checking up on me.

  2. Do you have the Stone book? I believe they have a recipe for both bastards in it. I'll check when I get home.

  3. Actually, Scott, I don't have the book. I am pretty sure that last time I heard an interview with Greg from Stone he said that the Bastard recipes are not in the book. Let me know, though.

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  5. Hi Sheppy, I became interested in trying to clone this beer and found your blog! Do you remember how close your recipe worked out with Crystal 150?

    1. Well, to be honest.... I never made this recipe. I actually don't brew clones at all. I study clone recipes to help get ideas for things to try, but I always make enough changes to make it my own.

      So, I don't know how close this recipe would be to AB. Let me know if you try it.