Well, someone finally did it: They went and made a Sriracha-flavored beer. Rogue Ales, an Oregon-based brewery, has announced Sriracha Hot Stout Beer, which is available to order via the company's website.
The beer is a traditional stout made somewhat untraditionally with the iconic Huy Fong chili sauce. While the implementation of chili peppers in craft beer is nothing new, this is (as far as we know) the first time a mass market craft brewery has tried to cash in on the iconic Sriracha brand.
But it raises an interesting question: Have we reached critical mass when it comes to Sriracha fever?
We haven't tasted the beer yet, but the dense, powerful flavor profile of Sriracha doesn't seem like it would lend itself well to the rich, toasty characteristics of a traditional stout. Beers such as Stone's Xocoveza Mocha Stout are successful because the chili pepper is only one element in a grand concert of flavors. Sriracha sauce, for all of its strengths, is a loud condiment. A blend of a stout and Sriracha might closer resemble two competing conductors on adjacent stages rather than a singular orchestra for the taste buds.
Nevertheless, if there were ever a time to latch on to the Sriracha movement, it's probably now. Recent years have seen the release of Sriracha candy canes, Sriracha lip balm, and Sriracha cook books. Heck, we even took it upon ourselves to pit several Sriracha sauces against one another in our Ultimate Sriracha Taste Test Showdown.
Rogue Ales is no stranger to novelty beers, either. In 2013, the company released Beard Beer, an ale brewed with a yeast created from the head brewmaster's beard. There was also Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale, a beer brewed with–you guessed it–bacon and maple flavoring.
If you have a Sriracha fanatic on your holiday shopping list, you may have just found the perfect stocking stuffer. Just don't expect it to blow away any beer geeks.