Moroccan Beer Chicken with Herb Yogurt Sauce & How to Stock A Summer Beer Tub

Moroccan Beer Chicken with Herb Yogurt Sauce

Moroccan Beer Chicken with Herb Yogurt Sauce

A summer evening dinner party on the patio, the perfect guest list, beautiful food, the right playlist, and of course, the right offerings in the beer tub.  Stocking a beer tub for a party is as important as planning the food. It’s as much about offering your friends their favorites as it is about introducing them to new ones.

When planning the brew menu keep in mind the types of drinkers you’ve invited as well as how far you want to push their palates. Use it as an opportunity to show your friends how great beer is, not to use your preference for craft beer to alienate people and act like an asshole. It can be a fine line, but remember, if someone shows up at your door with a case of Stella, just smile and thank them and remember that you are socially obligated to add it to the beer tub. If you feel the urge to launch into a diatribe about green bottles, imported mass produced lagers or the importance of supporting local beer, just stop talking. Don’t be that guy.

Wheat beer.: Recommended: Hangar 24 // Orange Wheat, Allagash // White, Bell’s // Oberon Ale, Dogfish head // Namaste 

Pilsners: Recommended: North Coast // Scrimshaw, Oskar Blues // Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Victory // Prima Pils

 Session IPA’s: Recommended: Founders // All Day IPA, Firestone Walker // Easy Jack IPA, Lagunitas // DayTime,  

Classic Pale Ales: Recommended: Sierra Nevada // Pale Ale, Stone // Pale Ale, Oskar Blues // Dales Pale Ale

A Little Something Different. For the guy who only drinks Newcastle, grab a Big Sky //  Moose Drool. For your friend that only drinks sweet white wines, grab a Dogfish Head // Festina Peche.  For your friend who refuses beer in all forms, try a Finn River // Black Current Cider. For your friend who always wants something new and is up for trying anything, Victory // Kirsch Gose 

When filling the beer tub you want to offer beer that’s accessible to your guest but with a slight push to try something new. My last party had the following: Allagash white, Moose Drool, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Scrimshaw and a bomber of Rogue Sriracha Stout for the brave souls.

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 I served it with this homemade beer flatbread. SO good.

Moroccan Beer Chicken with Herb Yogurt Sauce


  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 cup pale ale
  • 2 tbs olive oil, divided
  • 1 lbs chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, chopped into bite sized cubes
  • Yogurt sauce & Tomatoes:
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh mint
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Rice for serving


  • In a large bowl stir together the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, nutmeg, paprika, 1 tablespoon olive oil and beer. Add the chicken cubes. Cover and allow to marinate for 2 hours and up to 12.
  • Preheat the oven to 400.
  • Add the grape tomatoes and onions to a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss to coat. Roast for 10-12 minutes or until blistered.
  • Remove chicken from the marinade, pat dry.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to a cast iron skillet over medium high heat until hot but not smoking.
  • Add the chicken, cooking on all sides until cooked through.
  • Transfer the chicken to a serving platter, top with tomatoes and onions.
  • In a small bowl stir together the yogurt, lemon juice, cilantro, mint, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Serve yogurt sauce along side chicken and tomatoes.

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