Today, we're tasting two brown ales, Arrogant Bastard Ale and Mission Street Brown Ale.
Arrogant Bastard is brewed by Stone Brewery in Escondido, California...just north of San Diego. Stone is doing a lot of interesting things in beer these days. They brew some great sour ales and have tried to make a great beer garden at the brewer...a garden I have yet to try.
The Bastard is a strongly hoppy ale, a little rough around the edges, but popular among the microbrew set. A 20 oz. bottle will set you back $3.99 at Trader Joe's. It's also widely available at various retailers and bars.
Mission Street is brewed by Firestone Walker Brewery specifically for Trader Joe's in Paso Robles, California...just north of San Luis Obispo. A 20 oz. bottle is $1.99 there.
We like the Mission Street a bit better than the Arrogant Bastard...see the video for full details...and thought that if we like the beer, and it was half the price of the challenger...well... we'd just have to buy twice as much!