Beer Candied Pecans

last September I was able to visit Bear Republic. I was able to jump behind the bar, chat with brewers and sample everything from the Peter Brown Tribute to the Grand Am, right from the source.  Solid beers that are becoming easier to find across the US as their distribution expands.

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Maybe it was the gorgeous Northern California setting, or the charming bar managers, or the fantastically solid beer, but I became a fan of what this growing team is doing up North. And then they go and make a Black IPA, one of my favorite new styles.

Black IPA’s are becoming more common, a great trend that craft breweries are embracing all over the US. Maybe as a way to satisfy people like me, stout lovers who also adore an IPA. A hoppy beer, with a roasted malt that adds a smooth, balanced, nearly stout like flavor. The Black Racer IPA is a great example of this growing beer phenomenon.

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Black Racer is just as hoppy as you want an IPA to be, but with a smoother, rounded malty finish. It has a leaning towards a traditional IPA, with high notes like citrus and pine as well as a fairly high carbonation, but with some dark beer flavors of malt and coffee.

Black IPA’s are both a great example of how the creativity of brewers are blurring the lines of beer styles, as well as another great, endless craft beer debate we all love to partake in from time to time. How do you differentiate between a hoppy stout and a dark IPA? Brewers discretion?

When it’s this good, they can call it what they want and the brewers will always have my full support.

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Beer Candied Pecans


  • 1/2 cup black IPA
  • 1 cup golden brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 cups pecan halves


  • Preheat oven to 250.
  • In a pot over high heat add the beer and brown sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Clip a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Bring liquid to 235 degrees, remove from heat.
  • Add the butter, stir until combined.
  • Add salt and pecans; stir until the pecans have all been coated.
  • Pour pecans on to a baking sheet that has been covered with a silicon baking mat (or parchment paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray).
  • Spread pecans evenly over the sheet.
  • Bake at 250 for 15 minutes, stir and bake for an additional 15 minutes (if the pecans look foamy, stir until the bubbles have dissolved).
  • Allow to cool to room temperature, break apart.


To increase the beer flavor, reduce 1 cup of beer down to 1/2 cup needed for this recipe.

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33 thoughts on “Beer Candied Pecans

  1. Ooh, Bear Republic is one of my favorite local breweries! Racer 5 makes a pretty constant appearance at our house, is what I’m saying. These candied pecans sound so amazing and rich with the depth of black IPA. :)

  2. Thank you for explaining Black IPA so eloquently :) I have been seeing it around lately and was quite curious!

    I made candied pecans as a Christmas gift to give out to family and friends this past year…how cool would I be if next year I gave out BEER candied pecans? Genius!

  3. Awesome recipe! Boyfriend’s birthday present add-on, I think!
    Any suggestions for using cashews instead? Assuming this method would essentially work for any nut/ beer combo, would another beer pair better with cashews? (Those are his favored nut.) Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to tinker around with it, using one of his favorite Dark Horse Brewing beers.

      1. Jackie- I made them with cashews and used Dark Horse Brewing Crooked Tree IPA. Turned out well, except next time I definitely need to invest in a candy thermometer! They were a hit though, very addictive. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Made these today with our home brewed black double IPA . I didn’t have a candy thermometer so I think I may not have gotten to the correct temperature, but they still taste good.

  5. I made these today with Vertigo Brewing Arctic Blast Vanilla Porter….omg….the vanilla and the smoothness of the porter makes them incredible!

    1. If they aren’t kept rather cold the sugar coating can sort of melt. Keep it in a container in the fridge and it will last at least a month.

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