Get hot with Bernie! Chile sauce made in Red Hook lets you feel the Bern

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They want you to feel the Bern — in your mouth!

A Greenpoint hot sauce company is rolling out a special Bernie Sanders-themed edition of its potent artisanal brew, packing the burn of social justice and chile peppers in one bite — and the borough’s many socialist spice-seekers are all over it, say the craftsmen.

“The kind of people who buy an artisanal hot sauce made in Brooklyn are also the kind of people who support Bernie Sanders,” said Chris Tart, co-founder of Tango Chile Sauce. “We felt like it aligned with our customers, who tend to be young liberals.”

The Tango taste-makers are slapping the Democratic candidate’s face on their hottest carrot-based chile sauce for as long as he manages to stay in the race, and are donating $1 of every $10 bottle sold to the Sanders campaign — the hope is to keep the sauce flowing all the way into November, said Tart.

The candidate and the sauce are both Brooklyn-born products — while Bernie hails from Midwood, his Tango alter-ego is brewed and bottled in a Red Hook kitchen, then labeled and shipped out of the entreprene­urs’ Greenpoint apartment.

But while the borough’s left-leaning sauce consumers love the spicy propaganda — the Bernie bottles have quickly become best-sellers, said Tart — some right-wing trolls have called into question just how much the sauce-makers sympathize with the candidate’s push for so-called wealth redistribution.

“There are a few snickers,” he said. “Some people are asking, ‘If I buy this, does that mean it goes to somebody else’s house?’”

But the liberal sauce-makers are not about to put out a hot Republican alternative to appease the haters — although the thought of tacking a Trump label onto a bottle of the orange-tinted product is almost too good to pass up, said Tart.

“He has orange hair, so it would actually work,” he said. “We could put a toupee on the bottle.”

Spice-loving Bernie supporters can now buy the limited-edition sauce online at, and may soon be able to pick it up in some local groceries.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Enforced our subject-object agreement rule in nut.
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Zed is Dead says:
You read it here first- Come late November they will change it from Bernie to Trump Hot Sauce for our future overload/dictator.
March 9, 2016, 8:36 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I guess it's no worse than when capitalists make a buck with Che Guevara shirts.
March 9, 2016, 8:54 am
Alice says:
But is it better than Cholula? Or as local as Eagle Street's Awesome Sauce. This has the tinge of Buddy Cianci's sauce.
March 9, 2016, 9:24 am
Feather from Brooklyn heights says:
Ugh - I hate hot sauce, and mildly dislike Bernie Sanders. This advertisement - oops, I surely mean article (no I don't) is a bore. I'll not buy this, or any other spicy Bernie Sanders themed merchandise at any time.
March 10, 2016, 6:18 am
Matt from Greenpoint says:
HaHa Bernie Sanders tore off all of Hillary's hilarious cloths and now they want to talk about how sexist that was instead of how nauseating the site.
March 10, 2016, 9:20 pm

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