Today marks one of the most important celebrations ever invented by humans: International Beer Day.
Everywhere you look, people will be congregating in dive bars and beer gardens to celebrate the magic and beauty of beer, and to revel in its ability to unite people of different backgrounds. After all, if it weren’t for this spectacular intoxicant, our Founding Fathers would’ve never come up with the idea for America.
Join in the celebrations with one of these delicious beer-inspired recipes to the office!
Beer-Candied Bacon Strips
Yes, they’re as amazing as they sound. These sweet-and-salty creations are perfect for sharing, and require minimal prep time. Just whisk a beer glaze together, spread it over some bacon, stick those strips in the oven for a spell, and voila! Serve them in a cute pint glass and you’ll have your coworkers’ mouths watering in no time. (TideAndThyme.com)
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA Beer Cheese
If you just wanna curl up and watch a movie when you get home, this might be a great way to still celebrate Beer Day. You’ll have to switch out some ingredients if you don’t want to use Sierra Nevada Torpedo, but the prep process itself is pretty simple: Just throw all your ingredients into a processor and then bake the cheese for 15 minutes. Grab some pretzels for dipping, turn on Netflix, and you’re good to go. (Sierra Nevada Brewery)
Beef and Guinness Stew
This one just makes sense. With this beef-beer stew recipe, you can bring Ireland and beer together (natch) under one baking dish cover. The prep process is a teensy bit more involved than some of these other recipes, but it’s sooooo worth it. This stew is delicious, and even better the next day. (Mountain Mama Cooks)
Beer Can Chicken
This is one of the strangest recipes on this list by far, but it makes for one of the tastiest chicken dishes you’ll ever eat. Basically, you have to stick a half-empty beer can into the cavity of a full, seasoned chicken and then grill the whole thing for two hours. It looks pretty weird on the grill, but the beer makes the chicken super juicy and tender. It’s also a great conversation piece! (Food Network)
This is a pretty straightforward chili recipe, but it boasts the extra bonus of having Amber Ale in it! The beer taste is mostly lost in the cooking process, but it still adds a certain je ne sais quoi that will make you glad you went to the extra effort. Bring it to work or eat it at home with your beer cheese and pretzels. (Self Proclaimed Foodie)
Chocolate Beer Cupcakes with Whiskey Filling and Irish Cream Icing
These are by far the most alcoholic cupcakes that you’ll ever make. Thankfully, they’re fun to bake and even funner to eat. Don’t drink too much while you’re making them, though: Save some for the recipe! (AllRecipes)
Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake
A richer alternative to cupcakes, and a sure-to-be crowd favorite! The Guinness flavor goes perfectly with the chocolate, and you can have fun decorating the cheesecake when it’s all done. Stick these in the fridge and save them for the end of the day when everyone’s ready to let loose and cheat on their diets. (AllRecipes)
We hope you and your coworkers enjoy these recipes!! Just don’t get drunk at work, please.
See anything here that makes your taste buds tingle? Comment below!