Rowan President and Bonesaw Brewing Co.’s Hot New Brew Assists Students In Need

By: SNJToday Staff

Photo credit: Rowan University

GLASSBORO — Rowan President Ali A. Houshmand and Bonesaw Brewing Co. of Glassboro have teamed up to create Houshmand’s Hazardous Bonesaw Brew, a limited edition brown ale made from the president’s signature habanero-based hot sauce for a good cause.

With every pint of the craft beer sold — as well as an accompanying non-alcoholic soda also made from Houshmand’s Hazardous Hot Sauce — Bonesaw will donate $1 to the Rowan University Emergency Scholarship Fund, which assists Rowan students in need.

Crafted by Bonesaw brew master AJ Stoll, who has won 100 national and international awards in some of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world, the beer has layers of caramelly, chocolatey, toffee-like maltiness. They blend with the habanero-based hot sauce — made from the president’s secret recipe from peppers grown in his own garden–to deliver a hint of peppery heat that is complemented by fresh raspberries.

Altogether, Stoll brewed 300 gallons of Houshmand’s Hazardous Bonesaw Brew. The recipe he developed includes 450 pounds of raspberry puree and a gallon of hot sauce. It took four rounds of tasting to get the recipe just right, Stoll said.

“The sweetness of the raspberries sets off the heat,” Stoll said, noting that the beer is a rich red and leaves a little warmth behind in every sip. “The beer is perfect for the fall, when there’s a little bit of a chill in the air.”

The hot sauce initiative is a labor of love for Houshmand, who is deeply committed to serving students. Two years ago this month, he rolled out Houshmand’s Hazardous Hot Sauce, which includes three varieties: Ali’s Nasty, Nastylicious and Nastyvicious. The beer and soda are made from the Nastylicious sauce.

Thus far, sales of the hot sauce and its accompanying merchandise have raised more than $30,000 to help Rowan students in need. The beer — a terrific collaboration between the president and a Glassboro business — will further assist in that effort.

“At the end of the day, this helps students,” Houshmand said. “I’m grateful to Bonesaw for their support. The beer is very robust and beautiful in color. And it’s delicious.”

At the beer’s launch party held on Monday, October 21, Houshmand joined with Stoll and Bonesaw owners Rich DiVerniero and David Doe for a special toast to celebrate the collaboration and their shared commitment to support Rowan students.

“We couldn’t be happier for this collaboration,” DiVerniero said.