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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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Beercandy: no ABV, but plenty of IBU

Beercandy - beercandy.comIn case you were wondering, the Hopdrops from Beercandy really do smell and taste like Cascade hops.

That seems important to us at Real Beer. We’ve already got plenty of candy, most particularly chocolate, to pair with beer. These stand alone. Not surprisingly, no Beercandy products contain a measurable amount of alcohol. Yet they still taste of beer, though some more than others.

Beercandy offers three basic choices: an assortment of caramels; BeerTaffy in stout and IPA flavors; and the HopDrops, hard candies flavored with Cascade hop oil and bittered with iso-alpha acids.

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Get that hoppy clean feeling

Beer soapThey’ve got beer soap at Think Geek (the one pictured here). They’ve got beer soap at Amazon. They’ve got beer soap at our local brewery. They’ve got beer soap in the online store of you favorite not-so-close to home brewery.

Each will vary, so we’ll pass along the Think Geek description:

- Hoppy and practically edible soap that smells like beer
- Made with all-natural, vegan ingredients
- Smells like beer fresh from the tap – yum!
- Can be used to wash body or even hair
- Great for people with sensitive skin or allergies to commercial soaps
- Each individually wrapped bar is 3″ across x 1″ tall and 4.5 ounces

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Vintage beer commercials

Vintage Beer CommercialsDoesn’t it seem to you that Russell Crowe should have starred in a beer movie instead of his wine-soaked release (“A Good Year’) a while back?

BeerBooks.com has DVDs on just about any beer-related subject you could want. From making beer to the history of beer to beer and food to great old commercials.

Now if they just sold a remote that doubled as a bottle opener.