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Things to Do With Leftover Beer

So the party is over. The music has been turned off, the last guest has finally left, and your home and lawn are littered with party remnants. Sure, you may have thought you had a ton of people over, but as you clean up, you realize there is still a good amount of leftover beer in your keg. Heaven forbid your freshly purchased ale should go to waste! Here, you will find some ideas on how to finish off that keg.

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Food is one great way to enjoy your remainder of beer. Below, a few recipes to get you started.

Cold Beer Shrimp

  • 12-ounces of your beer
  • 1 pound large shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 medium tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 teaspoon peeled, grated gingerroot
  • 1 tablespoon shopped fresh cilantro leaves, mint or chives
  • Coarse or kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Bring the beer to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the shrimp, stir, and cook for 2 minutes, or until they just turn pink. Remove from the heat and let the shrimp cool in the beer, stirring or turning often; they will continue to cook in the hot liquid. Once they are cool, remove the shrimp from the beer, using a slotted spoon. Peel and de-vein the shrimp; return them to the beer and stir for 1 minute to remove any remaining grit. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl. (The beer can be strained and added to shrimp or fish stock.) The shrimp can be prepared up to 1 day in advance and refrigerated. Heat the oil in a small saucepan. Add the soy sauce, lime juice, Tabasco, tomato and gingerroot. Cook over high heat, stirring, for 2 minutes, to heat through. Remove from the heat and let cool. Spoon the cooled sauce over the shrimp and toss to combine. Add the cilantro, mint or chives. Season the shrimp to taste with salt and pepper; toss again. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. This will serve six people as an appetizer or four for lunch.

Beer Brats

  • 1 dozen brats
  • Beer, to cover
  • 1 medium large sweet onion
  • 2 ounces (1/2 stick) butter

Place brats in a Dutch oven (basically a pot inside of a pot) with onions and butter, cover the brats with beer. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer until brats are cooked. Remove brats and set aside beer mixture. Grill brats until golden brown and return to beer mixture until ready to serve. Serve brats on fresh baked brat buns with sauerkraut, onions, green peppers, ketchup, and/or mustard. This will serve up to twelve people or just six if everyone has two.

Fish Fry with Beer Batter

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour seasoned with crab boil mix, salt, and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 16 ounces light beer
  • 4 cups canola oil
  • 4 fresh or frozen haddock fillets

Combine beer batter ingredients in large bowl and mix with electric blender for 2 minutes.
In a large pot, bring oil to 375 degrees F. Completely cover haddock in beer batter. Roll haddock in batter mix. Carefully submerge in oil for 3 to 4 minutes or until the filet begins to float. Remove from oil and drain well. Serve immediately. Haddock is recommended, but other types of fish and shrimp will work also.

Beer Beauty

Another way to use your beer is to indulge yourself. A few beauty regimens contain beer as an ingredient.

Many spas have begun to offer beer treatments. Sitting in a tub of beer has become the latest rage across Europe, with some spas charging sixty dollars for the treatment. Beer is valued for the vitamins and drying properties it contains. Canít afford the airfare? Why not pour the rest of your beer into a small tub, add water in an amount equal to half of the beer, and soak your feet for about twenty minutes?

Is your hair lacking luster? Why not try a beer rinse? After wetting your hair, but before shampooing, pour about one cup over your head. Let soak while going about other bathing duties, then shampoo and rinse.

Here's a quick face mask for those who are budget minded. Mix one cup beer, an avocado, a splash of vinegar, and a spoonful of honey in a small bowl. Apply to your face, and let sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Youíll notice clear pores and a fresher complexion after your treatment.

Doing at least two of these suggestions should help you to find a home for that poor last bit of beer rolling around in your keg.


Published On: Thursday, April 10, 2008

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