Wine is a staple in cooking. A splash of white, a pour of red--added per the recipe, tipped in spur of the moment, or on a whim. You can't really go wrong--because wine and food in a simmering pot just go together like, well, like the wine and food paired on your place setting. But it's time for wine to move over and make room for another drinkable ingredient and run recipe inspiration: beer.

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Cooking With Beer

Yes, no fancy airs here--we're getting cooking with beer. Dark stouts, amber ales, light citrus brews, you name it. Beer can pack a punch and add some serious buzz to rich dishes and light bites alike. 

We've rounded up a few favorite ways to cook with beer--sláinte!

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Beer Braised Short Ribs via Olivia’s Cuisine: This Irish inspired Stout Beer recipes is the most delish was to enjoy Braised Short Ribs. The ribs come out hearty and tender. Serve it for St. Patrick's Day with some Irish soda bread to soak up all that luscious beer gravy goodness.

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Crispy Beer Chicken via Café Delights: the key to this dish is the marinade. They use lager to make the chicken so tasty. 

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Kielbasa and Beer Cheese Soup via 12 Tomatoes: this is a rich and cheesy soup loaded with sausage and potato. It's hearty and perfect for winter.  

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Beer Chili via Self Proclaimed Foodie are you getting ready for a big game? Then you can't go wrong with this classic recipe.

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Beer Steamed Clams via Fox and Briar: this recipe is perfect for a summer party. It's the way to create a perfect seafood feast.

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Beer Mac & Cheese via Slow Cooker Gourmet: your family will love this feast. It's a grown-up twist on a classic.

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Spicy Beer Shrimp via Spicy Southern Kitchen: I love a little spice in the kitchen and this recipe is a zesty dish.

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