Late last year Rogue Brewery released a novel new brew made from the infamous “cock sauce” that is Sriracha hot chili sauce. I know what you’re thinking: “whaaaat?”
Stout + Sriracha = well, some mixed reactions.
If you think a beer made with Sriracha would taste a little spicy, you’re a lot correct. If your palate is so mild that roasted garlic shows up on your spiciness radar then you need to skip this one. If you like Sriracha and can’t get enough spicy, you should consider this brew but I caution you to go slowly. It can be a little intimidating. It is a force with which to be reckoned.
I’ve had and enjoyed a jalapeño lager and a chipotle ale (including Rogue’s own). I liked them. They were fun and creative and interesting. This one is different. The flavor profile overwhelmed me. I need it served ice cold in a frosty glass, and then it’s just a sipping beer.
I drank it without eating anything, which may have been a mistake. I could have paired it with a spicy Italian dish or pizza, spicy sausage and peppers, spicy curry, a pepper encrusted steak, or anything else with bold, strong flavor with a kick. As I chatted with the bartender at the Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco’s North Beach, we talked about cooking with it–and I think it’s a fantastic idea! The Sriracha Hot Stout is only sold in 750mL bottles, which is enough for you and your wok! A shrimp and broccoli stir-fry made with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, lime juice and Sriracha Hot Stout would totally work for this. Chicken or beef stir-fry with red, yellow and green bell pepper + Sriracha stout sounds great, too! Throw some sliced jalapeño in there if your taste buds can handle it. Maybe pour some in your homemade BBQ sauce as it simmers–mix it with honey and serve as the sauce with your buffalo wings at your next party! I can’t wait to try cooking with the Sriracha stout and will keep you updated!
Right now you can purchase Sriracha Hot Stout online here or in a Rogue Ale brewery pub. It’s not on tap in the tasting rooms–you have to buy it in bottles, like I did. You know you want to try it–give it a shot!