Recipe: Brown Ale Popcorn

A few weeks ago, we heard a rumor that it was possible to make a popcorn flavor that tasted like beer. Excited does not accurately describe our enthusiasm. We were thrilled at the prospect of united our two favorite things together in a hybrid that could succeed where the cronut had failed.


So we found a recipe (à la Betty Crocker) and got to work.

8 cups popcorn
½ cup  brown ale
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup brown rice syrup or corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter
¼ teaspoon salt

What You Do:

  1. Heat oven to 300°F and line two baking sheets with foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray to prevent the popcorn from sticking.
  2. In a sauce pan, heat the ale over medium heat, making sure to stir frequently. After about 6 minutes, pour the ale into glass measuring cup to see if it has been reduced to ¼ cup. Pour the ale back into the sauce pan. Stir in the brown sugar, butter, and syrup. Cook the mixture over medium heat until its bubbly around the edges.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the mixture for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until it’s thick and syrupy. Remove from heat.
  4. Slowly stir in the salt and then pour the mixture over the popcorn. Toss until evenly coated and then spread the popcorn into the two pans.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. After it’s finished baking, allow the popcorn to cool completely (about 1 hour).


The result? Eh. Not as good as we were hoping. The ale was a very subtle aftertaste…and we were really aching for it to be in the forefront.


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