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Don’t forget Santa

Beer cookies for You are ready for Christmas. Your shopping is done. You’ve selected the beers you will drink tomorrow. Time to open one and relax.

Except … what about Santa? He might want more than a beer set out by the chimney. So here’s a recipe for “White Beer Cookies” from the Food Network:

Ingredients
2 bottles (12 ounces each) Belgian style white beer
5 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium orange, zested
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Icing: (Optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 orange zested using a bar grater, optional

Directions
Put the beer and honey to a medium saucepan and reduce over medium heat until you have about 1/3 cup of liquid. You will occasionally have to skim the foam off the top of the beer. You will know you have hit 1/3 of a cup of liquid as the liquid will suddenly begin to aggressively foam due to the high concentration of sugar. Let this reduction cool to room temperature.

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and blend thoroughly. Then add the vanilla, orange zest, coriander, and beer reduction and blend again. Mix the flour and baking soda together then slowly add to the batter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Using a uniform scoop scoop mounds of cookies onto an aluminum cookie sheet lined with parchment. Make sure you do not overcrowd the cookies; you should be able to fit about 12 cookies on a half sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes (depending on your oven it may take more or less time, for some ovens it could take 15 minutes for others it could take 25; 20 minutes is an average time).

Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet until they are cool enough (about 10 minutes) to transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

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Better with a beer in one hand

Sweetwater 420 Cornhole gameHave you every noticed that the very best beer festivals offer attendees a chance to play cornhole?

We have.

This cornhole set, complete with eight bags, comes from Sweetwater Brewing in Georgia, but we suspect you can find others with different brewery branding. And if your favorite brewery doesn’t make a set (yet) it is easy enough to make your own, either from scratch or by buying a generic set of boards and adding you favorite logos.

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… and one more for the stocking

Pike Brewing bar towelsThere are plenty of smaller beer related items — including a bottle of beer itself — that fit nicely into a stocking. Gift certificates, bottle openers, many of the items listed here during the past month.

However, we’re partial to bar towels. They are versatile, soft when you want them to be, and fold nicely into a stocking.

The one pictured here is from Pike Brewing in Seattle, but you may well be able to locate one in your local brewery’s gift shop.

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What’s a beer lover want most?

Samuel Adams UtopiasBeer, of course. There was a time that “Real Beer for the Holidays” included a somewhat comprehensive list of holiday beers. That’s become impossible to compile. But beer remains at the top of any beer lover’s wish list, whether it is seasonal or otherwise special.

Pictured here is Samuel Adams Utopias, which has a suggested retail price of $199 when you are lucky enough to find it.

You don’t need to spend quite as much to find a special beer. You also shouldn’t be intimidated by a beer aisle that has begun to look as scary — so many labels, so many varieties, such a range of prices — as the wine aisle. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If somebody who works at the store isn’t available there’s every chance that another of the customers will be something of a beer expert. Turns out there are times beer geeks can be of use.

You might even find a beer to take home for yourself.

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Desconstructing craft beer

Craft Beer posterThere are plenty of beer posters out there. You can find vintage choices at BeerBooks.com and eBay, for instance. Your local brewery or brewpub may well sell posters.

So pick your poison. The Deconstructing Craft Beer poster shown here will remind you of the popular “inforgraphics” that keep showing up on your browser screen.

But it is a lot bigger (scroll down after clicking on the link).

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