Pie and Beer…goes together like peanut butter and jelly!


Thanksgiving may be behind us, but the season for entertaining is in full swing. Today I’m sharing a casual party idea and it involves pie and beer! What more do you need? This unique party idea is the perfect solution if you have boatloads of leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas pie, or if you just want to have a laid-back, fun evening with friends.

I recently teamed up with my friend Michelle of Sweets Illustrated who whipped up some of the cutest and most delicious pies. Sweets Illustrated is based here in Tampa and offers local delivery on all products. If you’re not in Tampa, don’t fret! Michelle offers shipping to U.S. customers on her made-from-scratch French macarons and custom cookies. Michelle is known for creating edible art, illustrating her sweets and customizing them in any way you can dream up. Her work is amazing and has the most impeccable attention to detail. Go check her out now!

In order to showcase the pies in a fun and unique setting, I dreamt up the unique idea of pairing the pies with beer. I did a little research on beer and flavor pairings and set up a simple tablescape in the dining room, complete with a smorgasbord of gourmet pies in fun flavors and different shapes and sizes! Michelle was kind enough to share a couple recipes too!


mini bitesize pies and pie shootersdeep dish cherry pie

Pie and Beer Pairings

Here is a list of our gourmet pie flavors and the type of beer we paired with each.

1. Chocolate Tart – Stout. A dark stout pairs nicely with the bold, heavy chocolate flavors. We used Samuel Smith’s organic chocolate stout.
 2. Pumpkin Pie – Nut Brown Ale. The spices in the pumpkin pie pair nicely with the nutty flavors in a nut brown ale. We chose Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale which has a palate of beech nuts, almonds and walnuts.

3. Lemon Coconut Pie – Belgian Ale. We paired our lemon coconut shooters (yes, pie shooters! ahhhh) with a Chimay gold pale alepie-and-beer-pairings

4. Rhubarb Strawberry – Hefe Weissbier.  For rhubarb strawberry pie, choose a wheat beer. We used Hefe Weissbier which has a clove aroma and subtle banana flavor.
5. Apple Pie – Pale Ale. Our apple pie was made with a touch of pale ale so naturally, I figured why not pair the apple with a pale ale beer. We used a fresh hop pale ale.
6. Cherry Pie  – Lambic beer. I chose a cherry lambic, which is the only time I used the same flavor in the pie and beer. I recommend choosing craft beers that complement, rather than mimic the flavor of the pie, but I just couldn’t resist the cherry lambic.
Now on to the decor. I wanted to keep the vibe of the party super casual and encourage mingling around the table in the middle of the room, so I used a couple chairs but did not make a place setting for each person. I used a runner layered over a chambray tablecloth for added texture. Floral centerpieces in wood vases were the focal point of the table and pies and loose flowers were scattered throughout the table. I used various cake stands and serving boards like this one and this one to present the pies. Make sure you’re using the correct beer glass for each type of beer. This beer glass set and some Pinterest research was super helpful. 😉 Also, have a few extra pie servers on hand.
And of course, incorporating stationery is always a good idea and sets the tone for the party. I love this super fun card that we had customized to fit the theme!
Shop the look:how-to-host-a-pie-and-beer-party1. Wood Vase / 2. Twig Cake Server / 3. Knotted Cake Server / 4. Chambray tablecloth / 5. Serving Tray / 6. Beer Glass Set / 7. Carbonized Ash Paddle Board / 8. Olive Wood Paddle Board / 9. Marble Serving Tray / 10. Tin Cake Stand / 11. Cooling Rack / 12. Gold Flatware / 13. Pinstripe Linen Napkins 

Recipe: Cherry Pie

Yield: One 9” Pie or 12 Mini Pies

12-16 oz Whole Cherries
1 Cup Juice (Cherry or other)
3 Tbsp Corn Starch
1 – 2 Cups Sugar (To taste)
1 tsp. Vanilla
Spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg (To taste)
White Chocolate, cut into chunks

1. Combine juice and cornstarch in a pot. Whisk over low heat until free of lumps.
2. Add sugar to juice/cornstarch mixture. Stir over medium heat until thickened.
3. Remove from heat. Add spices and Vanilla. Stir in.
4. Place fresh cherries into prepared pie crust. Pour thickened juice over cherries. Sprinkle with white chocolate chunks.
5. Bake for approximately 50-60 minutes at 350.

*Recipe courtesy of Sweets Illustrated


Recipe: Chocolate Ganache Tart

Yield: 1 8” Pie/Tart Shell

12 oz. good quality chocolate
6 oz. heavy whipping cream
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla/other extract if desired
Heavy Cream for whipping – if desired

1. Cut chocolate into small pieces and place into a bowl.
2. Place heavy cream into a pot and stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
3. Let cream sit for approximately one minute.
4. Pour warm cream over chocolate pieces.
5. Stir until free of lumps.
6. Pour into prepared pie or tart shell.
7. Let rest at room temp until set. Approximately 4-6 hours. Overnight is best.
*Recipe courtesy of Sweets Illustrated


All photos for this project were captured by my friend Regina who is not only an amazing photographer but a fellow dog lover, wearer of the cutest glasses and one of the most down to earth gals you’ll ever meet. Check out her portfolio if you’re looking for a wedding/commercial/boudoir photographer! Also, my go-to florist genius and dear friend Gayle with Florist Fire did the modern fall-inspired floral arrangements for me. Aren’t they ah-mazing!?
So, friends, what do ya think? Please comment below and let me know and I always appreciate a share 🙂

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