Beer is one of the most understated ingredients in any dish; sadly, this alcoholic beverage usually plays second fiddle to the more popular alcoholic ingredients like wine or vodka. Impress your guests with a few recipes that take your brew out of the backseat.


1. Beer Can Chicken

beer_can_chickenThis recipe is so simple yet so impressive. Since this method can be used with any combination of ingredients, it’s super versatile and can be adapted to nearly any kind of cuisine. All you need is one full chicken with the giblets removed.

For a smoky chicken, mix one tablespoon chipotle pepper seasoning, one teaspoon garlic powder, one teaspoon onion powder and one teaspoon paprika. For a Mexican season, mix one teaspoon chili powder, one teaspoon onion powder, one teaspoon garlic powder and one teaspoon oregano.

Rub the chicken with your desired rub. Crank up a grill to 425 degrees. Dump out one-half of a can of pilsner (or rather drink it!), and place the rest of the can on the counter. Place the chicken on the can so the cavity encases the can and the can acts as a stand for the chicken. Place the whole thing on the grill and let cook for about an hour.


2. Porter Float

Serve this creamy concoction for a dessert you’ll want to save room for! Simple scoop ½ cup of rich vanilla bean ice cream into a large pint glass. Pour an entire bottle of porter or other dark brew like Guinness over the ice cream. Add a drizzle of caramel syrup on top. Serve with a long ice cream sundae spoon and a straw for a dessert that will blow your friends’ minds.




3. Citrus Spritzer

Keep everyone hydrated with this lovely light cocktail that goes perfect with any of these recipes. Simply mix one can of hefeweizen with the juice from one orange juice and one lemon. Using a mortar and pedestal, crush a few leaves of sage so the oils are released. Pour the mixture over a few cubes of ice. Garnish with the sage leaves. Serve with a straw so guests can enjoy the drink without getting a mouthful of sage leaves.


4. Beer Shrimp

Beer_ShrimpThis light dish is best served in the summertime or in hot weather when everyone needs a refreshing appetizer or light dinner. Traditionally, a crisp white wine is used in shrimp boils and sautés, but you can exchange the wine for brew for a totally different take on shrimp. Simply melt ¼ stick of butter in a large saucepan or skillet. Place a pound of shrimp in the butter. Squeeze the juice of two whole limes over the shrimp. Add salt and pepper. Pour a light brew over the shrimp, and place a lid on the skillet. Allow the shrimp to cook for about eight-to-ten minutes (until the shrimp turn pink). Serve with cilantro and chipotle dipping sauce.


These recipes are designed to be paired together or served on their own. Try your own variations for a unique tasting experience. Buy good beer at Redmart.