How To Throw The Best Beer Tasting Party + Stout Brownies Recipe

By Jul 23, 20153 Comments

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Nothing says summer like a nice cold beer (for those that are 21 and over). We recently added a cabana on to the back of our house, and my husband has been begging for a guys night, so I decided that I should be a good wife and treat him to a fantastic party. Men and beer go hand in hand, and they always say, “ The way to man’s heart is through his stomach,” hence I had to plan the best beer tasting party EVER! And I’m sharing my easy party ideas with you so you can plan one, too!

Host your own beer tasting party with these easy party tips. PLUS a recipe for stout brownies that is to die for.

The Best Beer Tasting Party

I have seen a lot of wine tasting parties, and how to pair wine with food, however beer is seemingly forgotten. In recent years breweries have really stepped up the game and crafted some delicious artisanal beers.

How to throw the best beer tasting party.

I decided to give the men a little education about what beers pair well with what cheeses. Our cheese spread ranged from blue to aged guyre, and had everything in between.

Cheese isn't just for wine. It is great for pairing with beer, too, for a beer tasting party.

Besides the insane cheese spread we had, I made pulled pork sliders topped with apple cider vinegar. BBQ sauce can really go with anything, so these were pretty much inhaled.

Pork Sliders

My favorite part of the party was the large focal piece “What your beer says about you”, read carefully, and get ready to roll with laughter, because it is hilarious!

Beer Tasting Party | Love this "What does your beer say about you?" sign.

What Does Your Beer Say About You? This is a hilarious printable!

I found the cutest little beer mug tasters that were perfect for sampling all the different kinds. I have an obsession for anything mini, so I will for sure reuse these for something else.

Miniature beer mugs - these are perfect for a beer tasting party.

Beer steins with a list of the beers being offered are perfect decor for a beer tasting party.

The beer steins, are a collection of my husbands, and were my original inspiration for this manly party!

Welcome to the man cave!

Overall the décor I kept to a brown, black, and minimal vibe.

Beer Tasting Party Napkins

A few accents can go far, especially when planning for a party for men.

Set your beer out in a metal bucket.

Label your beers with a few printable signs.

Brewing Station Printable

They pretty much appreciate anything. The best part is, the party can really be recreated by anyone! Label your beer and your cheese, and with a few printables (we got ours from WhitetailDesigns Etsy shop!), you have an amazing tasting party at the tip of your fingers!

Brownies with Guiness. Yes, please! These look amazing!

In the kitchen I whipped up some Stout brownies. They were amazing. They are moist, fudgey, and have a slight hint of a stout. They are truly different, and the men loved them!

Stout Brownies with Chocolate Stout Ganache

Brownie Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ Guinness Stout Beer
  • ¼ cup melted and cool butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 2/3 and two tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa ( I used trader joes, but any will do )

Ingredients for a Stout Ganache to add to brownies or any dessert.

Ganache Ingredients:

  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of guiness
  • ¼ cup of powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degreeds, and grease a 9×9 baking pan or line it with parchment paper
  2. Mix together the oil, beer, sugar, and extract
  3. Add the butter and mix until well combined
  4. Add the eggs and mix again
  5. Combine the flour and cocoa, and then add them to the wet ingredients. Stir until everything is smooth and incorporated
  6. Pour the batter in the ban, and spread evenly, it will be relatively thick, which is good!
  7. Bake for about 32-38 minutes ( depending on oven, and pan), but test until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs attached
  8. Cool, and then frost
  9. For the ganache, in a microwavable bowl, combine the first 3 ingredients, and heat on 20 second intervals. Stir inbetween, repeat until the mixture is smooth. Normally 3-4 times, do not over heat, or else it will become hard.   Then stir the powdered sugar in to the hot chocolate mixture. Stir until smooth, it will be thick! Smooth on the brownies once cool, and enjoy!

Brownies with a Guinness Ganache.

Stout brownies are delicious, moist, and chocolatey. The perfect twist on the classic brownie, especially for a grown up crowd! The best part of these, is that they bake thick, and moist, but also kept their texture really well.

The perfect end to the best beer tasting party - brownies with a stout ganache.

The ganache is to die for! If you aren’t familiar with ganache, you will be obsessed after you try it! It is thick, and tastes like a thick layer of fudge on the top of your brownie. It is also a super easy frosting to make. The traditional ganache is made using heavy cream, however the stout in this one gives it a unique flavor. I must say these brownies had me feeling ultra trendy, and like I belonged on a trendy cooking show. Give them a try; they will not disappoint! They are the perfect end to the best beer tasting party.

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had four little ones – three boys and a girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.


  • Nadeen says:

    This is such a great idea!! I have done wine tasting parties but my fiancé loves beer so this is a great idea to do for him. And the brownies-yum! Stopping by from SITS!

  • I like drink beer in the summer. It made me feel cool in the very hot summer…

  • Leo Sigh says:

    Wow, that looks amazing and your photos are gorgeous. And I need to get one of those ‘Welcome to the Man Cave’ prints for my Dad 🙂 He has a room in the attic of my parents’ house that’s all his own, and he’d love that.

    As for your party, I think it’s probably a bit too much work for me (I’m very lazy :), but I really admire people who put so much thought into something like that. Bet your guests loved it 🙂