The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour: Over 325 Recipes for Your Favorite Bar Snacks and Beer Cocktails

The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour: Over 325 Recipes for Your Favorite Bar Snacks and Beer Cocktails

by John Schlimm


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The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour: Over 325 Recipes for Your Favorite Bar Snacks and Beer Cocktails by John Schlimm

The ultimate party-in-a-book from the award-winning author of The Ultimate Beer Lover's Cookbook.

The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour will take you to a whole new level of tipsy gratification by bringing some of the best bar snacks and beer cocktails straight into your kitchen. This hip new cookbook features over 325 irresistible recipes for delicious bar bite including:

  • Sizzling Sriracha Peanuts
  • Taproom Tacos
  • Jalepeno Corn Fritters
  • Drunken Avocado Wedges
  • Portabello Fire Burger

Wash it all down with beer cocktails, chuggers, shots, shooters, chasers, punches, floats, and shakes, with nearly 1,000 related pairing suggestions using today's most popular craft and seasonal beer styles!

  • Brewdriver
  • Green Goblin
  • Wild Turkey Trot
  • 4th of July Parade Punch
  • And more!

Whether you're looking to host the next bash or simply create your own happy hour at home, this all-in-one entertaining guide will help you turn every bite into party night!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402296321
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,093,152
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Schlimm is a member of one of the oldest brewing families in the United States, beginning with his great-great-grandfather Peter Straub. A writer, educator, and artist, Schlimm is the author of several books, including The Straub Beer Cookbook and The Straub Beer Party Drinks Handbook. His website is

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The love of beer literally flows through my veins.

Not only do I drink it and cook with it, but I also stand on the shoulders of a legacy that reaches back almost a century and a half to a great-great-grandfather who brewed this liquid gold with little more than wholesome, earthy ingredients and fresh mountain spring water. And one of my favorite places to be in the world will always be at a bar on a Friday night, with a beer bottle in one hand and something to eat in the other, music cranked, and a circle of friends laughing all around me-that's life at its best!

The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour raises the ultimate toast to beer at its best by pairing the mouthwatering joy of bar food with an eternal tap of brews for you to enjoy and indulge in anytime you want right in your own home. With more than 325 easy food and drink recipes, and over 1,000 related suggestions for using traditional, seasonal, and craft beers, this book demonstrates how pairing and cooking with a brewski have become versatile and buzz-worthy art forms anyone can master.

For starters, "The Midas Touch: Beer's World Tour through History" explains the backstory on the world's most famous and beloved drink-one that we humans have been consuming for centuries. This section will give you the lowdown on what all the fuss is really about when it comes to beer and will change the way you look at this culinary icon, especially at mealtimes.

"The Ultimate Beer Lover's Pantry" and the "Beer Style Guide" sections, which are also in the beginning of this book, show seasoned home chefs, pint guzzlers, foodies, beer snobs, and first timers alike how to stock up on all the essentials to get cooking, drinking, and chowing down with beer. It's easy, and once you've stocked up, you'll be set to get your party on at any time!

Then, no matter the occasion, I've got you covered with all the ultimate comfort snacks and beer you and your friends could ever want.

In other words...welcome to Beer Town! You most definitely will enjoy your stay-in fact, with this book in hand, you now never have to leave. Handfuls of Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Bar Nuts and Alehouse Agave & Chipotle Mixed Nuts, Dilly Lime Thyme Pretzels, Marinated Olives at the Tap, and snacks from The Tavern Chips Bar and The Pub Crawl Popcorn Bar will make sure all your days and nights get lit with fun and flavor. As will Friday night—inspired party starters like Bar Top Poppers, Deep-Fried Dills, What a Jerky!, Cheesy Speakeasy Sticks, and crispy, golden nuggets from The Deep-Fried Veggie Basket and The Roadhouse Fries Bar.

Party time will be brew-charged with spicy-to-sweet selections from The Game Day Sauce Bar, The Party Salsa Bar, and The Hoppy Hummus Bar, along with Guac 'n' Roll and other spirited dips like Plastered Pimiento Spread and Spiked & Spicy Cheddar Spread.

For heartier tapas, serve up Potato Skins Stuffed with Chiles, Tomatoes & Green Onions; Avocado & Onion Quesadillas; Greasy Spoon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches; Taproom Tacos with Green Sauce; and Bruschetta Brewski; or selections from The Slaw Platter; The Mash Up! Platter; and The DIY Kebab Bar, with offerings like Worcestershire & Peace Marinade, Brown Sugar & Spice Marinade, and Brew & BBQ Marinade. Or head straight to The Beer & Pizza Bar and The Beer & Burgers Bar, where everything you know about pizza and burgers gets taken to a whole new level of tipsy gratification.

Plus, to ensure every bite is indeed happy, all the dishes are paired with your choice of brew styles-Altbier, American Pale Ale, Barley Wine, Belgian Abbey Dubbel & Tripel, Brown Ale, India Pale Ale, Kölsch, Rye Beer, Saison, Amber Lager, Doppelbock, Dunkel, India Pale Lager, Maibock, Oktoberfest, Pale Lager, Oatmeal and Russian Imperial Stouts, American Wheat Ale, Dunkelweizen, German Hefeweizen, Chili Beer, Fruit Beer, Herb/Spiced Beer, smoked Rauchbier, and many, many more. So whatever your pint of preference, you'll be able to find it here.

Also, for a round of thirst-quenchers no one will forget, chapters 6 to 10 offer endless inspiration via beer-infused mixed drinks, chuggers, shots, shooters, chasers, punches, and even floats and shakes. The names speak for themselves-Buzzy Navel, Hootinanny Sunrise, Red-Headed Mary, Daredevil's Brew, Skip & Go Naked, Dive Bar Mimosa, Eeking Monkey, Beertini, Under the Table Daiquiri, Sweet Home Amaretto, Depth Charge, Jäger Beer Bomb, The Rebel's Yell, Barroom Blitz, Sake Boom Boom, Atomic Diva, Hoot & Holler, Drunken Leprechaun, Citrus Sunsation, Gin Mill & Ginger Punch, Beach Party Punch, Strawberry & Ale Float, Chocolate Beershake, and Vanilla Cream Ale Float. And there are so many more where those came from.

It all really comes down to what one of my best friends always says: "BEER = FUN!" Perhaps no truer words have ever been spoken. And that's exactly what this bar-in-a-book is all about-beer, great food, friends, laughter, and fun.

Like the immortal Cheers bar anthem says, "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came." Well, my friend, you've come to the right place!

Table of Contents


Note from the Author


The Midas Touch: Beer's World Tour through History

The Ultimate Beer Lover's Pantry

Beer Style Guide

Seasonal Beer Chart

Part 1: The Ultimate Beer Lover's Bar Snacks

Chapter 1: Brew House Nuts & Stuff

Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Bar Nuts

Alehouse Agave & Chipotle Mixed Nuts

Spicy Friday Night Nuts

Curried Cocktail Nuts & Pretzels

Rosemary's Nuts!

Glazed Maple Peanuts & Pistachios

Crack Me Up! Nut Brittle

Beer Lover's Trail Mix

Sizzling Sriracha Peanuts

Tangy-Sweet Tap House Mix

Hippie Cayenne Sourdough Pretzels

Dilly Lime Thyme Pretzels

The Hot Spot Nut Bar

Toasted Pecans

Toasted Almonds

Toasted Walnuts

Toasted Pistachios

Toasted Pine Nuts

Toasted Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)

Toasted Coconut

Toasted Sunflower Seeds

Simple-Roasted Peanuts, Sugar-Roasted Peanuts & Agave-Roasted Peanuts

Roasted Cashews

Jumping Chickpeas

Bartender's Chex Mix

Marinated Olives at the Tap

Seasoned Baby Artichokes

The Tavern Chips Bar

Kale Chips

Tortilla Chips

Potato Chips with Sea Salt

Sweet Potato Chips

Salt & Vinegar Chips

Barbecue Chips

The Pub Crawl Popcorn Bar

Bayou Popcorn

Popcorn Italiano

Jalapeño Popcorn

South of the Border Popcorn

Maple-Glazed Popcorn with Toasted Almonds

Chapter 2: Friday Night Bites

Jalapeño Corn Fritters

Beer-Battered Onion Rings

The Deep-Fried Veggie Basket

Deep-Fried Mushrooms

Deep-Fried Cauliflower

Deep-Fried Green Beans

Deep-Fried Zucchini or Eggplant

Deep-Fried Asparagus

Deep-Fried Jalapeños

Bar Top Poppers

The Roadhouse Fries Bar

French Fries

Garlic Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Portobello Fries

Happy Hour Onion Petals

Deep-Fried Dills

Deep-Fried Olives

Garlicky Breadsticks with Pizza Sauce

Crunchy Pickled Dills

What a Jerky!

Hey, Edamame!

Drunken Avocado Wedges

Cheesy Speakeasy Sticks

Golden Cheddar Balls

Chapter 3: Game Day Sauces, Salsas & Dips

The Game Day Sauce Bar

Blazing Saddles

Saucy Maple

East Meets West

Garlic Love Fest

Agave Barbecue

Barbecue Inferno

Chile Barbecue

Sweet & Sour

Rajun Cajun

Jalapeño Fire Sauce

Just Yell Fire!

Red-Hot Beer Sauce

Buttery Cayenne-Mustard Sauce

Slow as Molasses

Peanut Butter Flame Sauce

The Party Salsa Bar

Tomato & Hot Pepper Salsa

Chili Beer Salsa

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Fruit Salad Salsa

Under the Apple Tree Salsa

The Dipping Mustard Trio

Hot or Mild Mustard

Horseradish Mustard

Sweet Beer Mustard

The Hoppy Hummus Bar

Hoppy Hummus

Spicy-Hot Hummus

Pumpkin Patch Hummus

Garden Veggie Hummus

Smoky Hangout Hummus

Extra Garlicky Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Pine Nut Hummus

Guac 'n' Roll

Garlicky Guacamole

Smoky Saloon Guacamole

Spicy-Hot Guacamole

Garden Veggie Guacamole

Parmesan-Artichoke Dip

Plastered Pimiento Spread

Leek & Lager Spread

Cheesy Black Bean Dip

Spiked & Spicy Cheddar Spread

Chapter 4: Barroom Tapas

Potato Skins Stuffed with Chiles, Tomatoes & Green Onions

Avocado & Onion Quesadillas

Taproom Tacos with Green Sauce

Tipsy Stuffed Tomatoes

The Boozy Soup & Stew Bar

Blitzed Bean Soup

Buzzed Broccoli & Cheese Soup

Running Wild Rice Soup

Cheddar & Beer Bisque

Soused Black Bean Chili

Dive Bar Veggie Stew

The Beer Lover's Salad Bar

Spinach, Romaine & Radicchio Salad with Beer Dressing

Mixed Greens with Spicy Beer Dressing

The Slaw Platter

Cabbage Slaw

Broccoli Slaw

Carrot Slaw

Beer-Marinated Vegetable Medley

The DIY Kebab Bar

Cayenne & Horseradish Beer Marinade

Worcestershire & Peace Marinade

Far East Lager Marinade

Brown Sugar & Spice Marinade

Tomato & Beer Marinade

Southwestern Red Wine & Lager Marinade

Brew & BBQ Marinade

Screwy Pasta & Vegetables with Cheesy Beer Sauce

Eggplant & Portobello Pasta

Greasy Spoon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Dilly Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Red-Hot Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Mushroom Lover's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sandwiches

Uppity Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

The Beer Lover's Artisanal Cheese Platter

Bruschetta Brewski

Patatas Bravo! Bravo!

The Mash Up! Platter

Yukon Gold Mash

Cauliflower Mash

Carrot Mash

Sweet Potato Mash

Jalapeño Potato Mash

Garlic Mash

Bloody Mary Mash

Apple Tree Pancakes

Tanked Banana Pancakes

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate-Dipped Bananas

Chapter 5: Last Call Pizza & Burgers

The Beer & Pizza Bar

Taco Night Pizza

Flying Buffalo at the Tap Pizza

Alfredo's White Garlic Pub Pizza

Mushroom Lover's Pizza Party

Pepper Lover's Pizza Palooza

The Veggie Lover's Last Call Pizza

The Beer & Burgers Bar

Beer Garden Veggie Burgers

Sweet Onion Sliders

Grilled Portobello Burgers

Mushroom Lover's Burger

Portobello Fire Burger

Buffalo-Style Portobello Burger

Sauerkraut & Portobello Burger

Cheesy Eggplant Burgers

Grilled Cauliflower Burgers

Fried Potato Sliders with Saffron Sauce

Grilled Tomato-Basil Sliders

Dance to the Beet Sliders

Part 2: The Ultimate Beer Lover's Party Drinks

Chapter 6: Beer Cocktails

Seven & Lime

Buzzy Navel


Lemon Jack

Jungle Juice

Wild Thing

The Sweet Nut

Hoola Juice

The Lush's Iced Tea

Malibu Rumble

Hootinanny Sunrise

Truth or Dare?

Root Beer

BBQ Buddy

Red-Headed Mary


Peach Fizz

Red Carpet

Sweet Caroline

Beer Over Cherry Rocks

Ginger Ale

V Beer

A Beer Sour

Rum in the Dark

Dew Drop

The Big O

Lemon Tickler

Daredevil's Brew

Hound Dog

Tongue Tingler


Skip & Go Naked

Dive Bar Mimosa

Blue Moon

Fire & Ice

Pacific Coast Highway

Jumping Jack

Beer Cinner


Eeking Monkey

Nineteenth Hole


Love Potion #7

Sour Momma

Beer Bender

Beer Crush

Sour Puss

Twist & Shout

Back Alley Dame

Cranberry Beer

After-Dinner Mint

The Original Beer Margarita

Red, White & Brewski

Apple Tree Cider


Beer Gypsy


Goodnight, Sweetheart!

Pleather & Lace

Route 66

Under the Table Daiquiri

The Celebrewtante



Spicy Tomato

Butter Beer


Sweet Home Amaretto

Head Trip


Chapter 7: Beer Chuggers



Kahlúa Chug

Depth Charge

Licorice Beer


Tequila Rocket

Beer Beer Chugger

The Electric Slider

Dancin' Momma

Jäger Beer Bomb

Lunch Box

The Rebel's Yell

Hot Sake Beer Plunge

Strawberry Jolt

Melon Burst

Green Goblin

Gobble Gobble

Red Vodka Chugger

Irish Car Race

Barroom Blitz

Amaretto-Rum Chugger


Craig's Outhouse Slammer

Barn Burner

Burning Bush


Raspberry Comet

Coconut Bonfire

Sake Boom Boom

Dice Run

Chapter 8: Beer Shots, Shooters & Chasers

Tropical Nectar

Gin Blast


Short & Stout

Atomic Diva

Agave Drop

Hell-O Beer Shots

Honky Tonk

Pickled Vodka

Extra Dirty!

Wild Turkey Trot

Hoot & Holler

Shooting Stars

Drunken Leprechaun

Hot Ballers

Motor Mouth

Beer Babbler

Aunt Reggie

Spinal Tap

Chapter 9: Beer Party Punches

Citrus Sunsation


Pretty in Pink

Gin Mill & Ginger Punch

Lemon & Lager Punch

4th of July Parade Punch

Sour Patch Punch

New Year's Punch

The Wine Snob's Beer Punch

Three Sheets to the Wind Punch

Cloud 9

Home Sweet Home

The Berry Bucket

Good for What Ales You! Fruit Punch

Midnight Moon & Fiddle Punch

Party Like a Rock Star!

Orange Fizz

Plastered Peach Punch

Beach Party Punch

Double Trouble

Polka Punch

Dart Board Punch

Orange Tattoo Punch

Barstool Sipping Punch

Trick-or-Treat Candy Punch

Strawberry-Orange Sloshed Slush

Mojo Punch

Beer Bottle Punch

Chapter 10: Beer Floats & Shakes

Root Beer Float

Strawberry & Ale Float

Minty Stout Float

Chocolate Beershake

Vanilla Cream Ale Float

Coconut Ale Float

Irish Cream & Stout Float

Appendix 1: Alcohol Glossary

Appendix 2: Store-Bought Plant-Based Cheese Resource Guide


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