Sriracha Honey Beer Brussels Sprouts

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Beer Is For Everyone: A Party Theme

Summer is rapidly hurling towards Fall, and your barefoot in the backyard days are numbered, it’s time to actually host a party instead of just saying, “we should” until the moment passes. It’s that moment. The one that you usually let get away from you, and then wonder why.

Here’s how you do it, step by step:

1. Invite people. This is the first step because it forces you to take the rest, you’re locked in. Plus it only takes a second (unless you’re like me and you prefer to hand-make invites. Which would make you a crazy person, and you’re not. Be grateful.) Choose a mix of people, and don’t let the “doesn’t drink beer” designation deter you from inviting anyone. They will like something, and it will surprise them.

2. Beer selection. You want a huge variety of beer, not just the beer you like. Go to a large bottle shop, the bigger the better, the selection will be the best and the knowledge of the sales people will likely be the most broad. Hit several major categories, and a few out of the box beers, like this: a wet hopped IPA, a double IPA, a balanced pale ale, a cream ale, a saison, a wheat beer, a brown ale, a porter, Belgian dubbel, sour beer, a fruit beer (like one brewed with peaches—perfect for summer), a spicy beer, a smoked beer and a craft cider. Sounds like a lot, but a bomber of each beer will give everyone a taste, just enough to know if they want more. Try to get 2 bombers (22 ounce, large bottle)of  beers per person. Err on the side of more, you can always keep what you don’t open.

3. Glassware. There are often things we do that are just to wallow in our own craft-beer-geek-infatuations, this isn’t one of them. Glassware makes a huge difference. Have you ever drank wine out of a coffee mug? That’s the difference between proper glassware and a shaker pint. For a beer tasting, get half pint glasses, perfect for sampling. I use these ones.

4. Food. It’s important. It’s a way to balance the flavors and explore pairings. More importantly, eating is essential when drinking as a way to stay on the controlled end of the drunk/sober spectrum. You want to serve a few things that pair well with a variety of beers and that can sit at room temperate for a while. A few to consider: Porter Caramelized Onion Flatbreads with Smoked Gouda and Roasted TomatoesGoat Cheese Crostini with Beer Pickled Jalapenos and MangosBeer Braised Pulled Pork Sliders with Chipotle Beer Cheese SauceGrilled BBQ Beer Chicken and Apricot FlatbreadsBeer and Bacon Dip.

5. Judge away. Save all those judgmental thoughts that you want to pour inappropriately onto your Facebook friends and strangers at the market, for beer. It’s ok to judge beer, just reserve your feelings until after you’ve tasted it. Here are beer-judge rules for people new to beer: before tasting you can only state facts not opinions (it’s dark, it smells like fruit, it’s more carbonated that the other beers), once you’ve tasted it state three observations, decide if it makes you want more even if you don’t know why. Let your guests decide what they like best, and what they like least, even if they can’t explain why.

Now you’re ready to throw a craft beer party, and prove that beer really is for everyone.

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Sriracha Honey Beer Brussels Sprouts

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 side dish portions


  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs sririacha
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
  • 1/3 cup wheat beer


  1. In a small bowl stir together the honey, sriracha, salt, and pepper, set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet, add the Brussels sprouts, cut side down. Cook until just starting to brown.
  3. Lower heat to medium low, drizzle with sriracha mixture, then pour the beer over. Simmer until sprouts are fork tender and beer has cooked off, about 8 minutes.
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8 thoughts on “Sriracha Honey Beer Brussels Sprouts

  1. Hi Jackie,
    As far as as variety of beer is concerned, I was curious as to how you feel about the Pyramid Breweries
    variety pack. Thoughts… feelings… thumbs up or down? Thanks!

    1. I’d like to say that I love it, but it’s just Ok. I think it’s great for just to have something in the fridge, it’s not bad. For a beer tasting party, I’d stay away from variety packs in general. But it’s not bad for just a casual backyard Barbecue.

  2. Love the spouts! Great recipe. We share a passion for food and drink. Live in MA own and operate a restaurant in Maine. Enjoy reading about your your thoughts and Ideas. Check us out at Forks in the air mountain bistro…Rangeley Maine. If you have any ideas on menu/beer pairings don’t be shy, let me know. If you haven’t heard of Maine brewing Company check it out[OMG]. Great Beer Advocates reviews. Lunch is insane. love your blog!

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