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Brian Ruhlmann

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Paulman Acre Smoked Pepper Sauce

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Dec 17, 2015 12:15:48 PM

Paulman Acre Smoked Pepper Sauce is a small batched and uniquely crafted Hot Sauce company on the west coast. We have had multiple California hot sauce companies featured on Craft Hot Sauce, but their owner Tim comes from a brewing background. 

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Hoff & Pepper

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Nov 24, 2015 9:28:13 AM

Hoff & Pepper is on a role in their first year of hot sauce production. This Chattanooga, Tennessee small batch hot sauce company is bringing their hobby into a business. They specialize in one sauce, the Hoff Sauce and hope to see great results at the 2016 World Hot Sauce Awards. This is our first hot sauce company from Tennessee featured on Craft Hot Sauce.

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CapsUP Paprika und Chiliprodukte

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Nov 4, 2015 2:28:31 PM

When Martin of CapsUP Paprika und Chiliprodukte contacted me of his interest in doing a Craft Hot Sauce profile, I was very excited. Martin's operation is in Austria, where there are a huge amount of chileheads. He's been able to move CapsUP from a side business and hobby, to a full time operation. CapsUP Paprike und Chiliprodukte is Craft Hot Sauce's first Austrian Hot Sauce company featured.

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Moe Mountain Hot Sauce

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Nov 1, 2015 1:18:26 PM

Moe Mountain Hot Sauce is a family operated Hot Sauce company in New Jersey. Started in 2014 Moe Mountain and their owner Martin have a focus on involving their local community, friends and family. This year alone they have raised over $250 for their local fire department. Moe Mountain is our first New Jersey Hot Sauce company featured on CHS.

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Chilli Drops

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Oct 26, 2015 11:46:56 AM

Jane of Chilli Drops Hot Sauce in London, England is a go getter. She started Chilli Drops in her spare time 2 years ago and has found tremendous success in her first couple years, winning 2nd place in the World Hot Sauce Awards this summer. Her start should inspire others who make hot sauce and chilli sauce to take it to the next level. This is our first London Hot Sauce Company profiled on Craft Hot Sauce.

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Sauce Science Hot Sauce

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Oct 21, 2015 1:59:47 PM

Sauce Science is a new and thriving Hot Sauce startup company from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They just started a kickstarter campaign to ramp up production for 2016. They take time from their busy schedule to share about the company background, their early insights, and give a preview of their future. They are Craft Hot Sauce's first Minnesota Hot Sauce Profile.

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Old St. Augustine Gourmet Foods

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Oct 12, 2015 7:40:17 AM

For those following Craft Hot Sauce closely you've heard of the Datil Pepper a couple of times already. We recently wrote about the pepper in our latest blog post, and we had a Craft Hot Sauce profile that was focused on the native pepper of St. Augustine. We hear about it another time now because Parker Stewart of Old Augustine Gourmet Foods shares how he got started making his Snake Bite hot sauce and some of the interesting insights on the Datil Pepper.

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A&B American Style

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Oct 4, 2015 8:41:00 AM

Brian and Ariel started A&B American Style a few years back in New York City. A good friend of mine and chilihead has been following A&B American Style for the past two years and mentioned told me they have to be featured on




How we started in hot sauce:

We started A&B American Style because we noticed that a lot of people around us were making terrible decisions with their food and we wanted to contribute products that would help people reconnect with their food.

In 2010, Brian left his job at a bank and became a line cook at Buddakan in NYC with the goal of learning more about making great food. At the same time, Ariel was making delicious hot pepper sauces in his home kitchen. Eventually, we created our Original Pepper Sauce and started selling it at markets around New York.

Since then, we’ve added new, exciting flavors (including our brand new 100% USDA Organic Jalapeño Pepper Sauce) and expanded from our local specialty stores to grocery stores around the country. We’ve been featured by Serious Eats and Bon Appétit among others.

A&B American Style Hot Sauces and the operation

We believe chili peppers are delicious. We grew up together competing to see who could eat the spiciest pepper—and we both lost. But, we developed an appreciation for the nuanced flavors they have and wanted to bring those forward.

We use simple ingredients but no one does a better job of capturing the flavors of the chilies than we do.

Each year, we do a very special and limited batch of our NYC Rooftop Pepper Sauce. These are made with chilies that we grow on a rooftop farm just a few blocks from our kitchen. People always love this one. It’s really interesting because the only difference between this one and our Original Pepper Sauce is the source of the chilies. But, the flavors are so different because the ground is different and the growing season is different. When you taste them next to each other it’s striking how unique they are.

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Frankton Heat Hot Sauce

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Sep 20, 2015 8:13:49 AM

Lucus of Frankton Heat Hot Sauce tells us about his recent journey into the world of Hot Sauce making. Frankton Heat Hot Sauce is located in the South Islands of New Zealand. Lucus shares how his local New Zealand competition has supported him along the way and how the collaboration has helped NZ bring home lots of awards at the 2015 World Hot Sauce Awards.

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Topics: New Zealand

Chili Hungária Manufaktúra

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Sep 14, 2015 4:44:52 PM

László of Chili Hungária brought home the gold at the World Hot Sauce awards with his Spirit of Attila Sauce. László shares a few of his creative sauces and his decision to move full time into the hot sauce industry.

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