You kind of have to be an arrogant bastard to make the so-called Bacon Explosion.

By now, I’m sure most of you have at least heard rumors of this BBQ blitzkrieg of a meal. If not, check out the recent NY Times article detailing its glory.

Bacon Explosion is an exercise in excess. An orgy of over-consumption. And it seemed to go very well with Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard, a nice complement to the hickory-smokiness coming from the more than two pounds of bacon wrapped around two pounds of pork sausage, and then all of it slathered in copious amounts of BBQ sauce.

DSC02628After enjoying the meal, which also included homemade baked beans, potato salad and country-style biscuits, I had to take an extended time-out on the couch to let my stomach figure out what in the hell I had just put it through. It was so damn good going down, but it felt like a lead weight in my belly, exascerbated by the palpable rise in cholesterol that slowly but surely sent me spinning into heartburn city, and eventually put me into a bit of a food coma. In short, it was everything Bacon Explosion should be.

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard adds to its already superb regular version with a subtle tinge of oaky goodness, just enough to let you know its there without overpowering the hops and malt already working in harmony to make this one of the better American craft beers on the market. 

Rating: A 

Oaked Arrogant Bastard