Beer and Hot Sauce: What a Pair


You make a point of heading out for hot wings and beer. When you do, you go for the hottest sauce and the hoppiest IPA you can find.

There’s a reason for that.

Bitter hops accentuate the pain that hurts so good rather than taming it. And that’s what makes your meal worth it. Otherwise, you may as well stay home alternately swigging from the hot sauce bottle and then the IPA bottle.

But not all beers make your wings (or, rather, the vehicle for the hot sauce) bite the way an IPA will. There are a number of beers that you don’t want to order if a spicy sting is what you’re after.

Here’s what you should know before you head out for your next hot wings and beer night on the town:

  • Sweeter and darker beers, like English and Belgian ales, will completely dominate the flavor of your food and dissipate the heat of your hot sauce. We can’t imagine that’s what you’re after.
  • Light lagers and amber ales will work to tame the heat. They can’t actually quell it because of the water content, but they’ll definitely not give you the brilliant bite you want.
  • If you really want to feel the burn, you should go for a super carbonated beer. Those mini explosions in your mouth open all sorts of receptors, not to mention your ability to taste all the flavors mixed with the capsaicin in your food.

Remember, beer is mostly water and doesn’t do anything to mitigate the effects of capsaicin in your hot sauce; no beer is going to totally change the heat level of your hot sauce.

You may want to spend a little time exploring beers that bring out both the flavor and the fire, like IPAs do with wings and pilsners do with spicy fish tacos.

Or, you can just do what you’ve always done. Because, hell, it’s always worked in the past. And, if worse comes to worst, you can always sit at home alternately swigging from Mad Dog hot sauce and IPA bottles.

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