Dining Out

An afternoon with Rogue Chipotle and Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

I’m not a beer drinker. I was decades ago but, somehow, I lost my taste for beer after my college days. Just a couple of weeks ago when I went out with friends from law school and the night’s drinks consisted of bottles of San Mig Light, I commented on how watery the beer was. Might be because Pale Pilsen was the standard when we were in college and light beer really IS water in comparison.

Surprisingly, my lack of amor for beer over the past years changed a mere three weeks after that San Mig Light night. That day that Speedy and I went to Ristras for burritos, we also ordered beer. Not really in the context of pairing but more out of curiosity. Speedy found bottles of unfamiliar beer in the see-through fridge and the names were so attention grabbing that I said we should try them.

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Speedy had the Rogue Chipotle Ale; I had the Arrogant Bastard Ale. I was smitten, and hooked, even before I read what was printed on my bottle of Arrogant Bastard Ale.

From ArrogantBastard.Com, the same text that appears on the bottle.

This is an aggressive beer. 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 beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.

Too many strive towards complacency as a goal. We grow up thinking that the ability to become complacent is the equivalence of success in life. True Arrogant Bastards know that this could not be further from the truth. The real beauty, richness and depth in life can only be found if the journey through life itself is looked upon as a constant chance to learn, live and find life’s passion. Passion threatens the complacent, and fills them with fear. Fear of the new, the deep and the different. We, on the other hand, seek it out. Endlessly, joyously…and aggressively. To this end we bring you the “OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale.” Another reward for those seeking new sources of passion, and another point of dissension for those who are not.

That is beer. Bold. Daring. Unapologetic. Not the pale watery liquid that sissies prefer.

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