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Reduce the heat to medium and add the bell pepper, garlic, lemongrass and shallots. Stir for 1 minute and then add the beer, cream, peas, basil, lemon juice, crab base and hot sauce. Continue to stir until the mussels are completely open, then let simmer until the sauce is reduced by a quarter, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with crusty French bread, if desired.