I opened a Hot Sauce Shop/Tasting Bar 3 years ago and I'm an expert on all things spicy. AMA!
Hey reddit! My name is Dylan and along with my partner Becky, I opened a Hot Sauce Shop in Berkeley about three years ago. We offer about 300 varieties of hot sauce and we have over 50 bottles out on our tasting bar every day. Plus we offer things like spicy chocolates, chips, powders, and candies. I've eaten the hottest chile in the world (the Carolina Reaper), I grow chiles, and make spicy popcorn seasonings and seasonal hot sauces (next batch will be out around September). For some more background, check out this article from when we first opened.
My Proof: http://heathotsauce.com/pages/ama
EDIT: This has been awesome so far - I'm gonna go eat some dinner, but I'll be back to answer some more questions in a few hours. I'll definitely get to all of them, so keep 'em coming!
I'm still hoping to answer all the questions, slowly but surely. Feel free to ask more, but I apologize in advance for the delayed responses.
To those who ordered from us, thank you! We are working hard to make sure everything can go out on Monday, but it's just me and Becky who do the packing and shipping, so it's possible some might not go out until Tuesday. You'll get a tracking number emailed to you when your order is packed up.
Thanks for the gold, kind internet stranger!
Thanks again to everyone for the great questions and words of encouragement. This has been a lot of fun!