Crafty Snacks for the Craft Beer Drinker

It’s time to start thinking and planning out what sorts of food you will want to snack on while you watch the game. If you’re having or going to a party, you have probably thought of a few things already, but why not step outside the box this year?

Craft beer is becoming a popular drink these days and you are guaranteed to find at least one craft beer drinker watching the game amongst the Bud Light lovers. While other people may not be adjusting to the dark malt and hoppy flavors as quickly as some, most craft beers make a great addition to food- especially the kinds of food you might find at a Super Bowl party. Some foods pair well with beer, while others taste better when cooked in it. So check out our top 5 crafty Super Bowl snacks!

Beer-mosa

Super Bowl festivities usually begin early. Why not start your tailgate or pregame with something sweeter? The beer-mosa is a twist of the ever-popular mimosa. Instead of champagne or sparkling wine, try pairing the orange juice with a wheat beer. Long Ireland Raspberry Wheat, Shock Top Raspberry Wheat, and Goose Island 312 are all great beers to try this with!

Doppelbock BBQ Meatballs

This recipe does require a slow cooker, but that makes it an even easier dish to cook! Combine ketchup, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and a doppelbock- we recommend Michelob Amber Bock– in a slow cooker. Add cocktail meatballs and make sure they are covered in the sauce. Cover and let sit for 6-8 hours, check halfway through and add more beer if necessary!

IPA Wings

Wings and beer make a delicious combination! Why not have wings in a fruity marinade with the addition of an IPA? Try it with Great South Bay Field 5 IPA, Harpoon IPA, or Victory Hop Devil. Add salt, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, water, orange juice, lemon juice, and lime juice in a ziplock bag and shake until dissolved. Add onion, lime slices, cilantro, garlic, and beer and shake to combine and degas the beer. Add wings and refrigerate for 8 hours. When you’re ready to cook them, empty liquid, pat wings dry, and grill 3-5min per side.

Gluten-Free Fruit and Nut chips

Why should a gluten-free diet leave you hungry on game day? Pair this delicious crispy snack with a gluten-free beer such as Omission IPA, Omission Lager, or Redbridge and you will be ready for game time fun! Combine gluten-free baking mix, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add nuts, dried cranberries, rosemary, and xanthan gum and stir quickly. Pour into loaf pans and bake for 45 min. Allow them to cool to room temperature then wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 min. Slice into ¼ inch pieces lay them on a baking sheet, and bake for another 15-20min. Serve at room temperature.

Soft Rye Pretzels

These tasty pretzels are best when enjoyed with a British IPA or a Vienna Lager such as Blue Point Toasted Lager. Combine water, sugar, and yeast, mix and let rest until yeast begins to rise. In a large bowl combine bread flour, rye flour, barley flour, and salt. When yeast is foamy add it and butter to the flour mixture. Mix until just combined about 20 seconds. Let dough rest for 20 min. Mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl easily. Remove and knead for 2 min, place into an oiled bowl, and cover with a damp cloth for about 60min. Shape dough into pretzel knots and place it into a pot of boiling water and baking soda for 30-45seconds. Arrange on a large baking sheet and bake for 15-20min

Choose your favorite recipes and try them out for game day! These crafty snacks are bound to be a crowd-pleaser and nothing goes better during a football game then snacks and a cold Bud Light (even if the snacks are made with craft beer!)

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