Actual Brewing Co. will birth a bastard Friday. (July 1)



The Columbus brewery will release its version of Stone Arrogant Bastard, a brew fondly called Adopted Arrogant Bastard. Actual -- along with some other breweries, including Fat Head's Brewery in North Olmsted -- was chosen by Stone as part of its Arrogant Bastard Hits the Road program to make a special batch of the beer using the original recipe, with the proceeds going to charity.



How did Actual get selected for the honor by the California-based brewery? Actual co-founder Fred Lee wasn't too forthcoming.



"We're told the bastard goes where he pleases," he said in an email. "The Stone crew came out and played Galaga with us, and I guess they must have decided that we were worthy."



Arrogant Bastard was a trendsetting brew when it was first released. Many craft beer drinkers, including Lee, can still recall their first taste.



"My dad bought me my first Arrogant Bastard a few weeks after my 21st birthday," he said. "It was a 3-liter magnum with a lock on the top, and we drank the whole thing."



He's proud of what Actual has created.



"We brewed the hell out of this bastard," Lee said. "Everybody wanted to be a part of it, so we had all hands on deck. I'm not sure we've ever had a smoother brew day, and it smelled amazing."



Actual brewed only six hectoliters. Adopted Arrogant Bastard will be available on draft only at the Actual tasting room. When it runs out, it runs out.



The beer will be tapped at 4 p.m. during an "Arrogant Bastard Unleashed" party that runs until 11 p.m. Actual and Stone will donate $1 a piece from each pint sold to Foster Care to Success. The group helps foster youth with financial and emotional support. (Editor's note: The story incorrectly reported earlier that pints are $2.)



"It's a great program, and I think it's important in this industry to be mindful of your overall impact on the community," Lee said.