beer http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3822/all en-US What Booze Teaches Us About Money http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_40966788_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="what booze teaches us about money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Alcohol gets a bad rap for numbing the brain. But as it turns out, there are some <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/what-alcohol-does-to-your-body-and-mind-2012-11">positive benefits</a> to responsible indulgence in wine, beer, or whiskey, too. A couple of drinks can increase your creativity, promote better and deeper sleep, and make you feel at ease. And <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/8-health-benefits-of-drinking-wine">moderate wine consumption</a> can reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and diabetes. Now here's a benefit of alcohol consumption that you maybe haven't heard: A healthy relationship to alcohol can pave the way for improved fiscal health. Yes, we're serious. And we've got the logic to back it up. Here are a few ways in which a little booze can boost your financial literacy.</p> <h2>Wine Teaches Us to Develop a Knack for Value Forecasting</h2> <p>If you've ever been to a wine tasting, you know that the ability to sniff out the complexity of flavors before the stuff ever touches the tongue is a celebrated form of art. Likewise, the ability to forecast a stock's future value based on historical trends, an industry's present-day performance, and the current economic climate is more skill than gamble.</p> <p>&quot;Once you learn how to give wine a good sniff, you'll begin to develop the ability to isolate flavors &mdash; to notice the way they unfold and interact &mdash; and, to some degree, assign language to describe them,&quot; reads Wine Enthusiast magazine's guide to wine tasting for beginners. &quot;This is exactly what wine professionals &mdash; those who make, sell, buy, and write about wine &mdash; are able to do.&quot;</p> <p>Sounds a bit like the skills needed to succeed in playing the stock market, doesn't it? Indeed, the methods used in wine selection aren't much different from those used by skilled stock traders and investors. So the next time you go wine tasting or select a bottle of red, think about all of the subtle ways in which you're assessing a wine's taste and value, and remember to apply that same circumspection when maneuvering your personal stock trades and purchases.</p> <h2>Beer Teaches Us the Value of Seeing the Big Picture</h2> <p>It's Friday night. You get home and pour yourself a pint of beer. But no so fast! No matter how eager you are to unwind from the work week, a hasty pour is ill-advised. Pour slowly. This way, you'll avoid the foam.</p> <p>Why?</p> <p>Imagine for a moment that the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-hidden-costs-of-drinking">beer in your glass</a> is a publically traded company. For example's sake, let's call it Microsoft. Congratulations, you are officially a Microsoft shareholder. If the beer is Microsoft, then the foam on top represents all of the daily trades that cause Microsoft's stock value to fluctuate. The value of your stock is in constant flux. Up and down and up and down it goes.</p> <p>As a Microsoft shareholder, you want to know how all of these trades are affecting the value of your shares, right? Not so, according to <a href="http://amzn.to/2dsu1V6">The Simple Path To Wealth</a> author Jim Collins. When a stock price jolts up high or sinks down low, it's hard to know what to make of it. Even the top day traders struggle to make sense of it all. Is a big daily point loss indicative of real loss in company value? Or is it just a little hiccup &mdash; background noise &mdash; soon to be forgotten by month's end? Bottom line: It's hard to say.</p> <p>Now, you want to make smart trades, right? So you're going to want to be able to develop some skill in assessing your stock's real value. That's where the ability to differentiate between all those little hiccups and the real ebb and flow in your stock's value are going to come in handy. If you distract yourself with the background noise &mdash; if you crowd your pint glass with foam &mdash; you're going to have a hard time zeroing in on what's really going on. And what is really going on? Well, look at your annual shareholder statements. Take a peek at the monthly ones, too. These monthly and yearly value fluctuations show real trends. Not insignificant hiccups, but trends.</p> <h2>Whiskey Teaches Us That the Best Things Take Time</h2> <p>A good whiskey takes years to mature. And, if we're talking high-end whiskey, then it's safe to bet it was left to age in a barrel for 10-20 years. Indeed, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/7422701/Worlds-oldest-whisky-goes-on-sale-for-10000-a-bottle.html">the world's oldest whiskey</a> developed its complex, woody flavor over a period of 70 years. If the cask had been popped open and poured out sooner, it simply wouldn't have been as valuable, nor as good.</p> <p>In whiskey, like in saving for retirement, patience is a virtue. So is an enduring commitment to making small, incremental steps toward a future goal &mdash; be it a good spirit or a comfortable golden years era. That's why, in many ways, it can be helpful to think of your long-haul effort to save for retirement as a journey to make a really great whiskey. Set and stick to a realistic savings goal, make smart investments, and live within your means. This stuff isn't easy, and it's certainly not always fun, but there's big payoff to be had for all your efforts. Like when you reach your 60s with a sizable nest egg to show for all your hard work. And when you reach that wonderful day, why not consider celebrating with whiskey? After all, you've earned it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-hidden-costs-of-drinking">The 9 Hidden Costs of Drinking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alcohol-is-good-for-your-heart">Alcohol is good for your heart</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/exercise-and-alcohol-good-for-your-brain">Exercise (and alcohol) good for your brain</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink alcohol beer booze cash cocktails drinking drinks money money lessons saving money wine Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1805693 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Brilliant Ways to Use Beer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-brilliant-ways-to-use-beer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-brilliant-ways-to-use-beer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_drinking_beer_000047681632.jpg" alt="Friends finding brilliant ways to use beer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found brilliant uses for beer, simple moves that will make you richer, and questions to ask if you feel stuck.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Beer-25209210">7 Brilliant Uses For Beer</a> &mdash; Beer works great as a marinade! The slightly acidic properties of beer will tenderize meat without affecting the flavor much. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/8-simple-cost-moves-that-will-absolutely-positively-make-you-richer/">7 Simple, Free Moves Guaranteed to Make You Richer</a> &mdash; Think past today's needs and focus on future wealth. Let go of instant gratification! [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/11/feeling-stuck-questions-ask-become-unstuck.html">Are You Feeling Stuck? Questions to Ask Yourself To become Unstuck</a> &mdash; Every morning, ask yourself &quot;What if today was my last day on earth?&quot; This question will help you refocus on the things that really matter [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://upgradereality.com/pushing-your-comfort-zone-3-steps-to-do-it/">3 Steps to Push Your Comfort Zone</a> &mdash; Decide what areas you want to improve and what you want to achieve. Do you want a healthier lifestyle? Better finances? Meet new people? [Upgrade Reality]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2015/1104/Food-industry-is-caving-to-consumer-demands-for-natural-ingredients">Food industry is caving to consumer demands for natural ingredients</a> &mdash; An increasing number of Americans want fresh, natural, and minimally processed foods, and the food industry is responding with changes to reduce the use of artificial ingredients. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/11/06/how-to-have-a-healthy-relationship-with-money/">How to Have a Healthy Relationship With Money</a> &mdash; When you focus on giving and living generously, you'll spend less time wanting things. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://teresabatey.com/5-blogging-tips-for-newbies/">5 Blogging Tips for Newbies</a> &mdash; Keep the number of plugins to under 20. Having too many can slow down your site. [Teresa Batey]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.mint.com/saving/is-your-personality-sabotaging-your-saving-110615/">Is Your Personality Sabotaging Your Saving?</a> &mdash; Advertisers often link products to personality, and playing on consumers&rsquo; insecurities works like a charm. [MintLife]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.allstate.com/how-to-handle-a-roommate-conflict-and-still-be-friends-infographic/">How to Handle a Roommate Conflict&hellip;and Still Be Friends</a> &mdash; Pay attention to your body language and actions. They can exacerbate the problem before you even start talking. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/11-ways-to-reuse-all-that-leftover-halloween-candy">11 Ways to Reuse All That Leftover Halloween Candy</a> &mdash; Do you still have Halloween candy lingering around the house? Turn them into kid-friendly science experiments! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-brilliant-ways-to-use-beer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-ways-to-hustle-free-drinks">Top 5 Ways to Hustle Free Drinks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-sneak-more-exercise-into-your-busy-schedule">7 Ways to Sneak More Exercise Into Your Busy Schedule</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-frugal-skills-you-must-have-to-survive-mondays">12 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Mondays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-things-car-salesmen-dont-want-you-to-know">17 Things Car Salesmen Don&#039;t Want You to Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks beer best money tips Mon, 09 Nov 2015 21:16:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1608241 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Ways to Host an Oktoberfest Party on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-host-an-oktoberfest-party-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-ways-to-host-an-oktoberfest-party-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/oktoberfest_couple_party_000073549837.jpg" alt="Couple hosting Oktoberfest party on the cheap" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oktoberfest is well-loved by Germans and beer-drinkers everywhere, and for good reason. The long-held festival celebrating Bavarian culture is a riotous good time with special brews, food, games, and music.</p> <p>If you didn't get your plane ticket to Munich this year, you can still have a great time at home by hosting your very own Oktoberfest. Read on for some tips on how to throw a fun party &mdash; on a budget &mdash; that your guests will be talking about until next September.</p> <h2>1. Make It BYOB</h2> <p>One sure-fired way to save money on any party is to make it a BYOB affair, and that's never more true than during Oktoberfest. It's a festival centered around beer, so if you want to save some serious cash, have your guests bring their favorite brews. Bonus points if it's a German or Oktoberfest variety.</p> <h2>2. Or BYOS (BYO Stein)</h2> <p>It feels just plain wrong to drink a crisp beer out of anything but a stein during Oktoberfest, but buying each guest their own mug can really add up. Make your party truly unique by having everyone bring their own stein and filling it up for them when they arrive. This is an especially fun idea if you plan to make it a yearly gathering.</p> <h2>3. Or BYOS! (BYO Sausage)</h2> <p>Rather than have your guests bring along beer, ask everyone to bring their own sausage to throw on the grill. You'll save money on meat, and will get a fun assortment of sausages to share, too.</p> <h2>4. Bake Homemade Soft Pretzels</h2> <p>Nothing goes much better with beer than pretzels, and soft pretzels are the traditional accompaniment during Oktoberfest. If you have the time and enjoy baking, <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe.html">homemade soft pretzels</a> are cheap and taste way better than the store-bought version.</p> <h2>5. Serve Hard Pretzels</h2> <p>Although soft pretzels are more traditional, hard pretzels will do in a pinch, and are about as cheap as snacks get. Scatter bowls all around so that guests have something salty to munch on.</p> <h2>6. Sew Your Own Dirndls and Lederhosen</h2> <p>If you have a knack for sewing, why not make your own Oktoberfest costumes? Dirndls can cost a boat load, but with a little know-how, you can look authentic on the cheap. Just do an Internet search to find free or cheap <a href="http://www.burdastyle.com/search?key=dirndl">patterns for dirndls</a> and <a href="http://diy-projectcrazy.blogspot.com/2012/10/homemade-lederhosen-with-out-pattern.html">DIY lederhosen</a>. Many patterns allow you to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxvD5m_26eY">use existing clothing</a> or leftover fabric, saving even more.</p> <h2>7. Put Together Makeshift Dirndls and Lederhosen</h2> <p>If you're not a sewer or don't want to throw down a wad of cash on something you'll wear once or twice a year, then make an easy facsimile. For the men, don khaki shorts, a button down shirt, suspenders, and tall socks. For the ladies, a full skirt, puffy blouse, frilly apron, and an optional corset will do it. It's nothing a trip to the thrift store shouldn't fix.</p> <h2>8. Order T-Shirt Costumes</h2> <p>For the least amount of effort but real campy fun, don a dirndl or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LJVQ9GI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LJVQ9GI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZFSV2F4R4WUGWVPW">lederhosen t-shirt</a> for the occasion. A quick online search will turn up dozens of cheap options, and are sure to be a conversation starter.</p> <h2>9. Make Your Own Edelweiss Hats</h2> <p>Create your own traditional <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_10041138_make-german-hat-made-out-paper.html">edelweiss hats</a> out of construction paper and few other craft supplies, and decorate the tables with them. They'll make everything festive, and guests can wear them for photos.</p> <h2>10. Use a Free Playlist</h2> <p>When planning your Oktoberfest fest, don't forget music. Luckily, free services like <a href="https://play.spotify.com/user/one-media/playlist/6rRWNEenywDSrmPSRbumps?play=true&amp;utm_source=open.spotify.com&amp;utm_medium=open">Spotify</a> and <a href="http://www.pandora.com/station/586947297296129458">Pandora</a> have you covered with German-themed playlists and stations. Put one of these on and do your best to sing along.</p> <h2>11. Buy Your Beer in Bulk</h2> <p>When stocking up on beer for your party, buy bigger lots of one or two great beers rather than buying smaller amounts of different kinds. For example, 12 and 24-packs are typically cheaper per beer, and sometimes you can find good deals on kegs. No matter what beer you choose to serve, be sure to shop around. Costco has terrific deals on beer &mdash; and you don't need to be a member to buy it.</p> <h2>12. Throw an Afternoon Party</h2> <p>The official Oktoberfest takes place over 16 days and nights, and the daytime festivities are decidedly less rowdy (but still festive). To save money on beer and food, host your party in the afternoon. Typically, your guests won't drink or eat as much if the celebration isn't at night or during a mealtime.</p> <h2>13. Serve Homemade Apple Strudel</h2> <p>To finish your shindig on a sweet note, whip up a batch of <a href="http://www.whatmegansmaking.com/2011/10/quick-and-easy-apple-strudel.html">apple strudel</a>. Thanks to frozen puff pastry, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">classic dessert</a> is easy to make and more cost effective than visiting a bakery.</p> <h2>14. Host a Sing-Along</h2> <p>For cheap entertainment, lead everyone in a classic <a href="http://www.oktoberfest-songs.com/">sing-along</a> or two. Provide lyrics to a popular German drinking song so that everyone can follow along, be sure to toast with a hearty &quot;Prōst!&quot; afterwards.</p> <h2>15. Use Printable Decorations</h2> <p>Yet again, your party savior is the trusty Internet. Seek out <a href="http://www.preppingparties.com/2014/09/oktoberfest-party-decor-printables.html">printable decorations</a> and put your printer to work creating blue and white banners, table decorations, and more.</p> <h2>16. Mix Up Flavored Mustards</h2> <p>An assortment of mustards is the perfect accompaniment for all of the sausages and pretzels at Oktoberfest. Instead of buying different kinds of gourmet mustards, buy one big container of brown mustard and flavor it yourself. Add honey for a honey mustard and horseradish for spicy. Get creative and make your own custom flavors!</p> <p><em>Are you hosting Oktoberfest this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-host-an-oktoberfest-party-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-fun-and-libations-brewery-and-winery-tours">Cheap Fun and Libations: Brewery and Winery Tours</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-non-depressing-ways-to-spend-nye">5 Frugal, Non-Depressing Ways to Spend NYE</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-avoid-awkward-moments-at-white-elephant-parties">4 Ways to Avoid Awkward Moments at White Elephant Parties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-cheap-party-games-you-didnt-know-about">5 Fun, Cheap Party Games You Didn&#039;t Know About</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink beer cheap fun german oktoberfest parties sausage Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:00:34 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1578728 at http://www.wisebread.com Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beer_000026394081.jpg" alt="How to use beer more in the kitchen" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have a stray <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-reasons-to-drink-beer">bottle of beer</a> hanging around in your fridge? Or perhaps you'd just like to expand your horizons in the kitchen by cooking with alcohol. Whatever the case, we've got you covered. Here are 12 uniquely delicious recipes you can make with beer.</p> <h2>1. Beer Bread</h2> <p>This <a href="https://blog.aldi.us/garlic-cheddar-beer-bread-cooking-with-beer/">cheddar beer bread</a> requires no kneading or rising. Just mix the ingredients together and bake for 40 minutes until the crust is golden brown. The best part? All the ingredients of this bread can be purchased on the cheap at Aldi.</p> <h2>2. Beer-Cheese Fondue</h2> <p>Have a romantic date night in with this <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a15188/cheddar-beer-fondue-recipe-ghk0213/">beer-cheese fondue</a>. Combine 12 ounces of your favorite light beer with mustard, garlic, and hot sauce. Then add in cubed cheddar and cornstarch for texture. Serve with sliced bread, sausage, apple slices, or whatever else sounds good for dipping.</p> <h2>3. Beer Cake</h2> <p>Step dessert up a few notches with this <a href="http://www.thehungryhousewife.com/2013/03/guinness-chocolate-cake.html">Guinness chocolate cake</a> recipe. It's fudgey, dense, and incredibly flavorful &mdash; but you'd never guess beer (one cup) is the star ingredient. Don't forget the salted caramel glaze!</p> <h2>4. Beer Brownies</h2> <p>The same idea applies with these <a href="http://joythebaker.com/2014/09/beer-brownies/">beer brownies</a>. You'll dump a half cup of your favorite stout or dark beer into the batch. Of course, if you'd rather keep them alcohol-free, you can substitute cold coffee.</p> <h2>5. Beer Can Chicken</h2> <p>Here's the secret for the <a href="http://www.jocooks.com/main-courses/poultry-main-courses/beer-can-chicken/">juiciest chicken</a> on the block: Put a beer can in it while it bakes. You'll pour out a quarter of the beer into your roasting pan before rubbing down the chicken with different spices. Then place the chicken upright on the beer can and bake for a little over an hour.</p> <h2>6. Beer Chili</h2> <p>There's a whole bottle of amber beer inside Jimmy Fallon's <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/317342/jimmy-fallons-crock-pot-chili">Crock-Pot chili</a> recipe. First, brown chuck beef on your stovetop along with onions, garlic, and peppers. Then place all ingredients in your slow cooker and let simmer for five hours on high.</p> <h2>7. Beer Beef Stew</h2> <p>This hearty <a href="http://thisweekfordinner.com/2014/03/26/boozy-beef-stew/">beef stew</a> has a boozy twist. You'll pour two bottles into the stew before simmering to perfection in your Dutch oven. The rest is a mix of chunky meat and vegetables with a little Worcestershire sauce, paprika, tomato paste, and beef bouillon for added flavor.</p> <h2>8. Beer Ice Cream</h2> <p>Check out this <a href="http://theyummybits.com/becks-beer-ice-cream-with-chocolate-covered-pretzels/">beer ice cream</a> with chocolate covered pretzels. You'll stir a bottle of beer together with sugar, milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and eventually egg yolks. Once the mixture is completely combined and cooked, you'll process it in your ice cream maker and fold in the pretzels.</p> <h2>9. Beer Doughnuts</h2> <p>You don't need to wait until fall to make a batch of these <a href="http://cookingwithcurls.com/2013/09/20/apple-ale-doughnuts-spiked-recipe-challenge/">apple ale doughnuts</a>. Pour a full cup of apple ale (or apple cider) into a saucepan to reduce. Then stir it together with flour, sugar, eggs, spices, and other ingredients. Freeze dough before cutting out circles, then fry on your stovetop.</p> <h2>10. Beer Fish</h2> <p>Try this classic <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/02/beer-battered-fish-recipe.html">beer battered fish</a> recipe for dinner tonight. The batter comes together with flour, cornstarch, a bottle of beer, an egg, and some salt. Then heat oil in a Dutch oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit before dipping in the batter and frying to golden.</p> <h2>11. Beer BBQ Sauce</h2> <p>Slather this <a href="http://thebeeroness.com/2012/06/28/stout-sriracha-beer-barbecue-sauce/">stout and sriracha BBQ sauce</a> on anything and everything. All you do is heat the beer, sriracha, ketchup, and other spices over medium heat. Sauce is done when it's thick. Store in an airtight container in your fridge.</p> <h2>12. Beer Dip</h2> <p>If you don't have time to cook fondue, try this simple <a href="http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/beer-dip/">beer dip</a> instead. Stir together cream cheese, beer, ranch dressing mix, and shredded cheddar. That's all. Then serve with pretzels and veggies.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to use beer in cooking?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tasty-ways-to-cook-with-wine">12 Tasty Ways to Cook With Wine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-uses-for-food-thats-about-to-go-bad">10 Smart Uses for Food That&#039;s About to Go Bad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-easy-and-delicious-recipes-for-your-dutch-oven">18 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Your Dutch Oven</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink beer Cooking desserts dinners recipes snacks Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:00:11 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1452643 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How Rich You'd Be If You Stopped Drinking http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/guys_beer_cheers_000035827748.jpg" alt="Guys learning how much they spend on alcohol each year" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're like most working adults in America, you like to let off steam at the bar. And, the economy is certainly showing that trend. In 2012, the U.S. bar, tavern, and nightclub industry took in over <a href="http://www.statista.com/statistics/281711/us-bars-taverns-und-nightclubs-industry-revenue/">$23.4 billion in revenue</a>. It's projected to reach $24.35 billion this year, and that doesn't include the alcohol we buy from liquor stores.</p> <p>And while that's good for those businesses, it means that we the consumers are literally drinking away our savings. Depending on what kind of drinker you are, you could be spending way more than you think on your little stress reliever. But, knowledge is power, so here we examine the costs involved, and just how easy it is to cut back.</p> <h2>How Much Do You Drink?</h2> <p>If you enjoy just one beer or glass of wine every night with dinner, then guess what &mdash; you are in the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/25/think-you-drink-a-lot-this-chart-will-tell-you/">top 30% of alcohol drinkers</a> in the U.S. If that shocks you, you're probably not alone. Two drinks? Then you're in the top 20%.</p> <p>However, to get into the top 10%, you'd have to up your drinking considerably. How much? Over 10 alcohol drinks each and every day. That's right, according to the U.S. Department of Health &amp; Human Services, the top 10% of drinkers in the U.S. consume an average of 74 alcoholic beverages per week. That equates to 18 bottles of wine, or over six 12-packs of beer.</p> <p>But even if you're just having a few drinks a week in the local bar or pub, the costs can really add up.</p> <h2>What is it Costing You?</h2> <p>If you're a heavy drinker, you probably aren't getting your alcohol from a bar; that would be crippling to your monthly budget. With most people spending $10 on a bottle of wine, it would come to over $200 per week including taxes, or over $800 per month. That's two or three car payments right there. Annually, that's almost $10,000.</p> <p>Let's look at the budget of someone who goes out twice per week. Once during the work week, and once on a Friday or Saturday night.</p> <p>When you go out to a bar during the week, you will usually order food with your drink. And with most people ordering two drinks, plus tip, you are looking at around $40-$50 for the evening. This, of course, doesn't include the costs for cab fare, babysitting, and other expenses.</p> <p>On the weekend, a typical night out at a bar is a little different. You will most likely take advantage of the fact that there's no work the next day, and order several drinks over the course of the evening, along with food and snacks. You may also order cocktails, shots, or other specialty items to make it a good night. You will be looking at around $100 for the evening, depending on where you live. And keep in mind, that's per person. As a couple, you will spend at least half that again.</p> <p>Do the math. $160 per week, or roughly $650 per month, can easily be spent by someone who enjoys six or seven drinks a week when they go out to bars or restaurants. It is, in fact, very similar to the amount of money that would be spent on alcohol by a hardcore drinker. By going out just a couple of nights a week, and drinking moderately, you're spending over $7000 a year.</p> <h2>The Big Question: How Can You Cut Back?</h2> <p>It's actually quite easy to make a few small adjustments to your weekly bar tab. In fact, you may not even notice the difference, depending on how strictly you follow the guidelines.</p> <h3>1. Only Bring Cash Out</h3> <p>By far the easiest way to stick to your booze budget is to hit the town with your plastic left at home. It's easy to rack up money on a credit or debit card, but cash is finite and you can see it going down throughout the evening. You can also preload a debit card and use that. Either way, once the cash is gone, it's time to go home.</p> <h3>2. Take Advantage of Happy Hours</h3> <p>Do you have to go out when everyone else is hitting the town? If you have your friends with you, why not do something a little earlier than usual? You'll get great specials, including two-for-one drinks, free appetizers, and even free shots. You can always head back to a friend's house later and finish the evening there.</p> <h3>3. Eat (and Drink) at Home Before Hitting the Bars</h3> <p>Food costs can really add up quickly in the bars, and the food may not even be that good. If you go out with a full stomach, you will not only save money on overpriced food and snacks, but avoid getting tipsy too quickly. As a student, my friends and I would usually have a few cheap beers at home with our food, too. Then we took the bus down to the bar, and were already quite happy before we'd ordered one drink.</p> <h3>4. Order Water Between Drinks</h3> <p>This is great for several reasons. First, a glass of tap water with ice and lemon is free at every bar. You can drink this and stretch your money over time. Second, and perhaps more important, it stops you getting drunk, and makes hangovers much less severe.</p> <h3>5. Pitch in for Pitchers</h3> <p>Bars and restaurants often offer pitchers of beer at a discount. Combine that with happy hour, and you can get enough beer for four or five people for just $5-$7. Also, consider domestic beers instead of imports and craft beers. They may not be as tasty, but they are usually much less expensive.</p> <h3>6. Look for Freebies</h3> <p>Bars know the importance of deals and coupons. They will often have specials on their websites, and in local papers and flyers. Save them, and bring them out the next time you visit. They can take a nice little sum off the final total.</p> <h3>7. Ladies&hellip; You Can Get a Lot of Free Drinks</h3> <p>Sad, but true. Many bars and clubs make special offers to women in the hopes of attracting a larger crowd. Some will let women drink free, or for $1 per cocktail, all night. And of course, many men will offer to buy you a drink. Just be careful who you accept these from, and if in doubt, say no.</p> <p><em>How much do you spend on drinks per week? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alcohol-is-good-for-your-heart">Alcohol is good for your heart</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-beers-to-keep-your-holiday-season-hoppin">13 Cheap Beers to Keep Your Holiday Season Hoppin’</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-ways-to-hustle-free-drinks">Top 5 Ways to Hustle Free Drinks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-great-uses-for-beer">21 great uses for beer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink alcohol bars beer nightclubs taverns wine Tue, 05 May 2015 13:00:26 +0000 Paul Michael 1407935 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money on Beer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-beer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-money-on-beer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-beer-toast-460548771-small.jpg" alt="friends beer toast" title="friends beer toast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving money on beer, inexpensive date ideas, and saving more on dental care.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/save-money-beer/">13 Ways to Save Money on Beer</a> &mdash; To save money on beer, go to happy hours and buy store brand beer. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/inexpensive-date-ideas/">16 Inexpensive Date Ideas</a> &mdash; Taking a class or going on a walking tour are just a couple inexpensive date ideas you can try on your next date! [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/money-saving-tip/5-ways-to-save-more-on-dental-care/">5 Ways to Save More on Dental Care</a> &mdash; If you want to save more on dental care, ask for discounts and look into savings plans. [SmartAsset Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/09/11/best-times-to-be-frugal/">6 Times When Being Frugal Doesn't Pay</a> &mdash; Being frugal might not end up paying when dealing with car maintenance. [Daily Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.learnvest.com/2014/09/6-small-moves-that-could-boost-your-retirement-savings/">6 Small Moves That Could Boost Your Retirement Savings</a> &mdash; Rolling over your old retirement accounts can boost your retirement savings/ [LearnVest]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Typical-Job-Interview-Questions-Answers-20280663">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a> &mdash; Make sure you know how to answer the &quot;why do you want to work for us?&quot; question before you go in for an interview. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://www.mint.com/blog/saving/5-costly-options-you-dont-really-need-in-a-new-car092214/">5 Costly Options You Don&rsquo;t Need in a New Car</a> &mdash; Chances are you don't need in car WiFi in your car. [MintLife]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/blog/inexpensive-ways-make-home-interiors-look-larger/">Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Home Interiors Look Larger</a> &mdash; To make your home interiors look larger, bring in natural light and color. [FatWallet]</p> <p><a href="http://consumerist.com/2014/09/23/watch-a-dude-bend-his-iphone-6-with-his-bare-hands/">Watch A Dude Bend His iPhone 6 With His Hands</a> &mdash; Bad news for recent iPhone 6 Plus buyers: your phone is bendable. [Consumerist]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-tips-to-end-your-child-s-whining">7 Tips to End Your Child's Whining</a> &mdash; To end your child's whining, tell them to stop and don't give in to them. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-beer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-great-uses-for-beer">21 great uses for beer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-beers-to-keep-your-holiday-season-hoppin">13 Cheap Beers to Keep Your Holiday Season Hoppin’</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink beer best money tips money saving Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1221082 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Unusual Ways to Open a Bottle of Beer (Without a Bottle Opener!) http://www.wisebread.com/5-unusual-ways-to-open-a-bottle-of-beer-without-a-bottle-opener <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-unusual-ways-to-open-a-bottle-of-beer-without-a-bottle-opener" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drink-86482819.jpg" alt="beer bottle" title="beer bottle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I moved my company to our first workspace, my team and I spent a very long day building and installing new equipment. That long day ended up turning into a long night but we finally finished the job around 10 o'clock. To celebrate a job well done, we decided to make it a pizza and beer night. But, of course, being a workshop, we never thought about the fact that there wasn't anything resembling a bottle opener in our space. Fail.</p> <p>So, learn from our mistakes! Here are five easy ways to open a beer bottle using everyday items (that aren't bottle openers).</p> <h2>1. Using a Single Piece of Paper</h2> <p>An incredibly easy method that involves folding a piece of paper enough times to create a hard enough edge that can create pressure against the bottle top and open it.</p> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/7nkW-y07bQU"></iframe></p> <h2>2. Using Another Bottle</h2> <p>If you've got one beer bottle, then you've probably got two! Use one bottle against the other with this easy method.</p> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/YuwX16QQi3o"></iframe></p> <h2>3. Using a Door Jamb</h2> <p>This is the one I wish I had known about, as there are an abundance of doors and door frames out there! A clever use of an everyday item we take for granted.</p> <p><iframe width="605" height="454" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/cEdh0gdL3M0"></iframe></p> <h2>4. Using a Spoon</h2> <p>A little less fool-proof than the other methods, this one involves using the spoon like you would a traditional bottle opener. It may take a few times to get the hang of it, but if you've got a spoon and time on your hands, this method is for you.</p> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/7PP91dc2xW0"></iframe></p> <h2>5. Using a Ring</h2> <p>Not recommended for family heirlooms or rings that are fancy enough that they need to be insured (although that would be an interesting conversation with your insurance agent), but this method is a quick and easy solution to opening a bottle.</p> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/gwljBGc0sLQ"></iframe></p> <p><em>How do you get a bottle open when you're short a bottle opener? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/megan-brame">Megan Brame</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unusual-ways-to-open-a-bottle-of-beer-without-a-bottle-opener">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/use-beer-to-get-rid-of-pests">Use Beer to Get Rid of Pests</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/28-innovative-uses-for-binder-clips">28 Innovative Uses for Binder Clips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-microwave-besides-food">8 Things You Can Microwave Besides Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-personal-issues-no-one-at-work-needs-to-hear">10 Personal Issues No One at Work Needs to Hear</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips beer bottle opener kitchen hacks resourcefulness Fri, 16 May 2014 08:48:26 +0000 Megan Brame 1139411 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Great Reasons to Drink Beer http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-reasons-to-drink-beer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-great-reasons-to-drink-beer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drink-444175-small.jpg" alt="drinking beer" title="drinking beer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I can already see some of you scratching your head and giving me that quizzical &quot;I actually need a reason to drink beer?&quot; look. And as a lover of beer since 18 (the legal drinking age in my home country of England) I am nodding in agreement. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-great-uses-for-beer">21 Great Ways to Use Beer</a>)</p> <p>I need no more reason than the fact that so much of it tastes wonderful. The list of brews I love could fill a book. I also happen to live in Colorado, <a href="http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/business-tools/craft-brewing-statistics/breweries-per-capita">one of the top five states of breweries per capita</a>.</p> <p>But what if you&#39;re not that into beer right now? What if you&#39;re actually more of a wine drinker, or a big fan of whisky and other spirits? What if you&#39;ve never even tried it and can&#39;t think of a reason to start now?</p> <p>Well, I&#39;d hate to see one of the true loves of my life pass anyone by without a fair shake. So here is a list of 10 great reasons to drink beer. Of course, as with anything, please drink in moderation. And it goes without saying &mdash; no driving, please.</p> <h2>1. Beer Hydrates You Better Than&hellip;Water</h2> <p>You read that right. It&#39;s not some junk fact thrown out there by the breweries of the world. <a href="http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/3467">Researchers at Spain&#39;s Granada University</a> spent months carefully testing 25 students. They asked them to run on a treadmill in high temperatures, until they were almost exhausted. Half the subjects were given water, the other half were given Spanish lager. And the results&hellip; the beer drinkers had &quot;slightly better&quot; rehydration effects.</p> <p>In fact, the test results indicated that male athletes should drink 500ml of beer per day, and 250ml for women. So next time you&#39;re doing some back-breaking work in the blazing sun, don&#39;t feel bad reaching for a cold one. You have science on your side. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cold-frugal-drinks-to-keep-you-cool-in-the-heat">Frugal Drinks to Keep You Cool</a>)</p> <h2>2. Beer Has Vitamins</h2> <p>Specifically, your average foaming pint of ale boosts B6, B12, folate, and mineral levels. And when compared to other alcoholic drinks, including wine and spirits, beer is the only one to <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/263290-list-of-vitamins-in-beer/">contain a significant amount of vitamins</a>. Other added treats include niacin (B3), pantothenic acid, flavonoids (also known as antioxidants) and choline. All in all, quite the cocktail of goodness&hellip; in moderation.</p> <h2>3. Beer Is a Terrific Natural Sleep Aid</h2> <p>Anyone who&#39;s stuck around at a party long enough can attest to this one. There are people passed out everywhere. But you don&#39;t need to drink a lot to get the sleepy effects of beer. Beer contains two sleep-promoting &nbsp;<a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/110732-vitamins-sleep/">B vitamins</a>, and <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22849837">hops itself is a natural sedative</a>. In other words, forget the warm milk, and knock back a cold beer if you&#39;re having trouble dozing off. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-that-can-help-you-sleep">Foods That Can Help You Sleep</a>)</p> <h2>4. Beer Keeps Those Creative Juices Flowing</h2> <p>As someone in the creative advertising industry, I can personally vouch for the efficacy of this one. Many times over the years I was given a creative brief and hit a brick wall. This is not uncommon; most creative people do. After the usual long walks, games of darts, and anything else designed to take your mind off the problem for a while, the one failsafe way to get over the hump was&hellip; beer. Not a lot, just a couple of pints with a friend down the local pub. It&#39;s amazing the doors it can open up for you, just by loosening up your thinking. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-boost-creativity">Ways to Boost Creativity</a>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3010393/leadership-now/does-drinking-beer-make-you-more-creative">There is also hard evidence to support this, too</a>. Those &quot;eureka&quot; moments that artists, designers, and other thinkers have come when the brain is relaxed. In fact, about five seconds before that moment scientists found a large increase in alpha waves &mdash; the waves associated with relaxation. When this happens, it allows the front brain thinking to move to the back of the brain, where those unique, subconscious, lateral connections can be made. And voila&hellip; big idea. It&#39;s also why we get ideas in the shower or as we&#39;re falling asleep.</p> <p>Think of beer as a kick-starter to your body&#39;s relaxation mode. One bottle may be all that stands between you and a genius idea.</p> <h2>5. Beer Reduces Your Risk of Heart Attacks</h2> <p>Greek researchers recently found that arteries become more flexible, and blood flow actually improved, within just a few hours of drinking beer. The same could not be said of alcohol-free beer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.counselheal.com/articles/5952/20130703/beer-lower-heart-disease-risk-improve-function.htm">The study of 17 non-smoking men</a> in their twenties and thirties showed cardiovascular improvements within two hours of drinking 400ml of beer. And although vodka produced similar results, alcoholic beer was the winner.</p> <p>Just one more reason to raise a glass and say &quot;to your good health.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Beer Is a Great Hair Conditioner</h2> <p>OK, so you&#39;re not actually drinking it&hellip; but your hair is soaking it up! I can&#39;t vouch for this one personally; I&#39;ve been shaving my head for 15 years. But several tests have been done using the amber nectar, and it&#39;s <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Hair-Soft-Using-Budweiser-Beer">just as good for your hair</a> as it is for your creative thinking. Why? Well, the malt in the beer nourishes the hair and makes it extra soft and smooth. Follow your usual hair care routine, but use room-temperature beer before your usual conditioner. The hair won&#39;t smell of beer, but it will be as soft as a baby&#39;s bottom. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Homemade Hair Conditioners</a>)</p> <h2>7. Beer Can Strengthen Your Bones</h2> <p>Along with all the other health benefits of beer, this one should be <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100208091922.htm">of interest to anyone suffering from osteoporosis</a>. It seems that beers that contain high levels of malted barley and hops are rich in silicon. This ingredient can help strengthen bones and fight osteoporosis, which is a skeletal disease that creates low bone mass and bone tissue deterioration. Ask at your local liquor store for beers that are high in malted barley and hops.</p> <h2>8. Beer Prevents Kidney Stones</h2> <p>In this case, the darker the beers, the better. You&#39;re looking for stouts, porters, and any beer with lots of hops. These <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5172235_beer-prevent-kidney-stones_.html">hop-rich beers help prevent calcium deposits from being formed in your kidneys</a>. And when calcium deposits mix with salt and other minerals, you get those dreaded kidney stones.</p> <h2>9. Beer Is Full of Fiber</h2> <p>Did you know that the average liter of beer contains 20% of the recommended daily intake of fiber? And that&#39;s just an average beer. Get a really good, rich craft beer, and you&#39;re looking at <a href="http://www.realbeer.com/edu/health/good-bad.php">up to 60%</a> of your daily fiber intake from one liter of beer. This, in turn, aids bowel function, keeping you regular. And it also slows down the digestion and absorption of food, which can reduce cholesterol levels. So, next time you&#39;re ordering a beer, think of all that lovely fiber you&#39;re getting into the bargain.</p> <h2>10. Beer Is a Great Social Lubricant</h2> <p>If you&#39;re not exactly the life of the party, a <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/articles/495">beer can help you lose some of those inhibitions without going overboard</a>. Beer helps to relax several parts of the brain (remember the ones responsible for creative thinking) and loosens you up. You only need one or two to become a lot more free and easy without becoming a complete party animal (which can happen when you start chugging vodka and other spirits). Also, beer has less alcohol per milliliter than wine and spirits, so you can nurse your drink a little longer and won&#39;t feel the effects as intensely. Good for the wallet, and the morning after.</p> <p><em>Do you have a great reason for drinking beer that we missed? Let us know.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-reasons-to-drink-beer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alcohol-is-good-for-your-heart">Alcohol is good for your heart</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-great-uses-for-beer">21 great uses for beer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-drink-pairings-for-byob-restuarants">Frugal Drink Pairings for BYOB Restaurants</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/exercise-and-alcohol-good-for-your-brain">Exercise (and alcohol) good for your brain</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink alcohol beer Health Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:36:04 +0000 Paul Michael 1049126 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Drink Pairings for BYOB Restaurants http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-drink-pairings-for-byob-restuarants <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-drink-pairings-for-byob-restuarants" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wining_and_dining.jpg" alt="Couple dining at a restaurant" title="Couple dining at a restaurant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>BYOB&nbsp;restaurants are gaining more and more popularity. Restaurant owners love the concept because they don't have to purchase a liquor license or hire a bartender, and you love it because you don't have to pay $10 for a glass of wine. And bringing your own booze doesn't just cut down on the bill. It can also provide an opportunity to get creative with your food and drink pairings or prompt you to finally open that bottle of wine you've been saving for a special occasion. If you are dining with a group, you might even offer to bring a six pack of your favorite brew to make splitting the bill a little easier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paying-for-a-piece-of-the-pizza-techniques-for-splitting-the-bill">Techniques for Splitting the Bill</a>)</p> <p>Even if choosing which BYOB&nbsp;cuisine you are in the mood for is a no-brainer, deciding what to pair it with can be a challenge, especially if your goal is to save money. There are plenty of frugal drink choices, from barley wine to sake, that can easily be paired with some of your favorite dishes. The types of BYOB restaurants do vary, but here are a few of the more common types of BYOB cuisine, listed with some inexpensive but delicious drinks to pair with your meal.</p> <h2>Thai and Vietnamese</h2> <p>One of the more common types of BYOB cuisine, Thai and Vietnamese dishes tend to be spicy, which means they pair well with certain white wines and lighter beers. If you aren't a huge fan of sweet or overly fruity wine or beer, you can always go for something dry or hoppy. Either way, here are a few recommendations in those categories.</p> <p><strong>Wines: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, or Pinot Gris</strong></p> <p>While a sweet Riesling will definitely help tame the spice, any kind of Riesling pairs well with many types of Thai flavors. I prefer a dry Riesling, and my favorite is <a href="http://www.snooth.com/wine/bloom-riesling-2010/">Bloom Riesling</a> from Germany, partly because of its dryness and flavor, but also because I can usually find it under $10. Gewurztraminers are typically served at Thanksgiving, since this wine &mdash; similar to a dry Riesling &mdash; goes well with turkey, but it is also a fine choice for spicy foods. You can usually find <a href="http://www.snooth.com/wine/mill-creek-gewurztraminer-1999/">Mill Creek Gewurztraminer</a> from California for under $15. Another favorite wine to pair with spicy or Asian dishes is a Pinot Gris, because of its rich fruit flavors and crispness. If you can find it, the <a href="http://www.snooth.com/wine/lange-pinot-gris-reserve-2009/">Lange Estate Winery Pinot Gris</a> from Oregon is a very good domestic wine for the price, usually starting at around $10. No matter which one you choose, it is best to chill these wines (or any white) before you head out to the restaurant.</p> <p><strong>Beers: Saison/Farmhouse Ale</strong></p> <p>A standard Belgian Saison (French for <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/129">&quot;Season&quot;</a>), or Farmhouse Ale, has rich citrus flavors with hints of autumnal spices. The <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/637/1717">Saison Dupont</a> from Belgium comes in a 750ml bottle (typically around $10, and the same size as a wine bottle), so there's enough to go around. This Saison epitomizes the dry, yeasty flavors typical of many Farmhouse ales, and I find it an all-around beer that compliments spicy or mild cuisine. I highly recommend it with super spicy stir-fried dishes, because the malt and citrus enhance the peppery flavors in the food. <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/141/28305">Smuttynose</a> also makes a decent and affordable Farmhouse. Before you pour, ask your server for something akin to a <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/glassware">tulip glass</a> or snifter, if they have one. According to the <em>Beer Advocate</em>, a Saison needs a glass that &quot;Captures and enhances volatiles, while it induces and supports large foamy heads.&quot; While there are many theories about the <a href="http://www.ratebeer.com/Story.asp?StoryID=479">temperature at which you should serve</a> finely crafted beers, it is probably best to avoid serving such a well-rounded beer at ice cold temps.</p> <h2>Italian and Pizza</h2> <p>Italian restaurants and pizza joints are a little trickier, since they are not typically BYOB, and Italian menus have a variety of dishes that you can pair with just about any kind of wine. Still, you can find a few BYOB Italian and pizza places out there. While beer and pizza is a classic combo, it can also pair well with a nice red or white wine, depending on the sauce and toppings. This list contains some of my favorites, but don't limit yourself when pairing drinks with Italian fare.</p> <p><strong>Wines: Chianti, Barolo, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, or White Zinfandel</strong></p> <p>Before you get overwhelmed by that list, I will start by saying that Barolo and Chianti are classic Italian wines. They go with any dish that has a tomato base, including pizza. Barolos are a little more pricey and harder to find than a cheap Chianti. If you want to go super cheap, try <a href="http://www.snooth.com/wine/marchesi-de-frescobaldi-chianti-rufina-riserva-nipozzano-2007/">Marchesi de Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti</a>, which starts at $2 for some vintages! Merlot and Cab Sav both pair well with heavy meat dishes, but some wine enthusiasts think that the cheap bottles of drier reds are not worth the money saved. As someone who lives on a shoestring budget, I take that as a challenge. <a href="http://www.redtruckwine.com/home.html">Red Truck</a> Merlot is usually priced around $8 a bottle, and for a Merlot under $10, I find it to be a very decent wine. White Zinfandel and Chardonnay go well with lighter Italian fare or white pizza. Most California White Zins can be found under $15, and for a tasty Chardonnay under $15, try the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mercerwine.com/wines/white-wines/chardonnay">Mercer Estates Chardonnay</a> from Washington state.</p> <p><strong>Beers: Pilsner or Hefeweizen</strong></p> <p>Pilsners are not only a perfect match for pizza; they can also go well with most Italian dishes, particularly heavier ones since a traditional pilsner is a lighter beer. Even though many cheap pilsners have a bad reputation, I share Paul Michael's secret love for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-we-are-sayingis-give-pabst-a-chance">PBR</a>. But if you want to get a little adventurous, try a Hefeweizen, which is a little fuller than a pilsner and has a citrus flavor that I think pairs well with pasta and pizza. <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/140/48434">Sierra Nevada Kellerweis</a> is a fairly inexpensive Hefeweizen (usually around $8 for a six pack) that you can find in most stores. If you can't find Kellerweis, look for <a href="http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/">Harpoon's UFO Hefeweizen</a>, which sells for around the same price.</p> <h2>Indian and African</h2> <p>Most of the Ethiopian, Moroccan, Egyptian, and Indian restaurants I've been to are BYOB, which is partly why I've grouped them together. But they also have similar flavors and spices. Indian and Ethiopian foods tend to be very spicy, so you can try some of the pairings mentioned under Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Here are a few more suggestions.</p> <p><strong>Wines: Honey wine, Riesling, Malbec, or Cabernet Sauvignon</strong></p> <p>I lived in D.C. for a few years, and the District is known for some of the best Ethiopian restaurants outside of Ethiopia. Many of the places that served alcohol would offer the traditional beverage of Ethiopia, a honey wine called tej, but it's not often cheap or easy to find. Instead, you might try bringing a sweeter Riesling or a white blend. The French wine <a href="http://www.lavieilleferme.com/blanc.php?langue=en">La Vieille Ferme Blanc</a> is a white blend that goes with light or spicy fare. Priced at $7 and under, it's a great value. Cabernet Sauvignon may seem like an odd choice for spicy food, but I think the heaviness rounds out the flavors, and it goes well with many of the meats served in African or Indian restaurants, such as lamb and beef. Red Truck also makes a Cab Sav made with organic grapes, which is labeled as <a href="http://www.redtruckwine.com/green-truck-2009-Mendocino-Cabernet-Sauvignon.html">Green Truck</a> and sells for under $15. I like to drink that one with Moroccan dishes.</p> <p><strong>Beers: India Pale Ale, Traditional Lager, Hefeweizen, or Barley wine</strong></p> <p>While I think any of these beers go well with African or Indian food, I prefer a traditional lager with spicy food. It's light, malty, and a little sweet to cut the spice. My favorite inexpensive lager is <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/182/1351">Yuengling</a>. I know many beer snobs who agree that for the price, this is a decent lager. I also love many of the cheaper IPAs out there. Recently, I tried the Long Hammer IPA from Red Hook, and although it didn't get rave reviews at the <em>Beer Advocate</em>, I thought it was flavorful. The flavors were also enhanced with a spicy meal, and for the price, it's a good choice for a BYOB East African or Indian dishes.</p> <h2>Burgers and Pub Fare</h2> <p>To me, there is simply nothing better than a burger, fries, and a cold brew. Even if you aren't eating beef on a bun, most red meats are good with any kind of beer. Don't rule out wine, however. You can serve red or white with burgers. Most pub and bistro food, in fact, doesn't necessarily call for one or the other. I think with burgers and pub fare, it's really up to your preferences. Here are a few of my favorites.</p> <p><strong>Wines: Pinot Noir, Syrah blend, Merlot, or Pinot Gris</strong></p> <p>One of my newest discoveries is <a href="http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=bistro+pinot+noir&amp;hl=en&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;hs=8EE&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;prmd=imvns&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&amp;biw=1280&amp;bih=586&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;tbm=shop&amp;cid=4071718109203839435&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=6ldBT8vkHIbx0gGa5ZG8Bw&amp;ved=0CFwQ8wIwAA">Bistro Pinot Noir</a> from France, which you can find as cheap as $6 a bottle in some places! This is one of the best cheap wines I've had in a while. The tannins are not too overwhelming like many cheap reds, and it didn't leave that acidic aftertaste that I find with most $6-$8 bottles. Another decent red that can be found at around the same price is the <a href="http://www.wine.com/v6/aboutwine/winery.aspx?winery=2181&amp;state=CA">La Vieille Ferme</a> Red, also from France. I've only seen one red and one white from this vineyard, and the red is a blend of Syrah and other grapes that produces a very nice red blend for the price. I prefer reds overall, but if I were to choose a white, I'd go with a Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer, especially for the more gamey meats, such as lamb and venison burgers.</p> <p><strong>Beers: Wheat Ale, Pale Ale, Traditional Lager, or Farmhouse Ale</strong></p> <p>My favorite beer and pub food pairing is a nice Saison or Farmhouse Ale, and any of the ones I mentioned under Thai and Vietnamese food are excellent choices. If you prefer more traditional ales and lagers, then I would recommend the <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10097/48933">UFO White Ale</a> from Harpoon Brewery in Boston. If you want a good pale ale, and you don't mind going up slightly in price, I highly recommend <a href="http://www.stonebrew.com/pale/">Stone Pale Ale</a>. Anything from this brewery is an excellent choice. Again, it's really up to you, but there are so many wonderful and moderately priced beers out there, it's hard to choose a favorite. With pub fare, I'd say your best option is to experiment and try something you might not normally drink.</p> <h2>Greek and Mediterranean</h2> <p>Whether you prefer the vegetables and hummus or the lamb, Greek and Mediterranean food can be paired with a variety of wine or beer. Depending on your palette, you may find that an unexpected pairing can enhance your dining experience the most. As with pub food, be adventurous when you go to a BYOB Mediterranean or Greek restaurant. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.</p> <p><strong>Wines: Malbec, Pinot Gris, or Chardonnay</strong></p> <p>Malbecs are becoming better known as a well-priced versatile wine. I&nbsp;prefer the Agua de Piedra Reserva Malbec (see <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-wines-under-10-dollars">10 Great Wines Under 10 Dollars</a>, #2 on the list). Any dish with cheese is a great match for this red, but especially a strong Feta. Another new frugal favorite is the <a href="http://www.alamoswines.com/en/ourwines/">Alamos Chardonnay</a>, which is also from Argentina. I was surprised that at $6.99 a bottle (at my local co-op), this full-flavored wine went well with anything, but especially fish. You can't go wrong with the flavor and the price on this Chardonnay.</p> <p><strong>Beers: Summer Ale or White Ale</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/45/32631">Brooklyn Summer Ale</a> is my top choice for Greek and Mediterranean food, but there are many summer and wheat ales out there that you can find for a good price. <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/1212">Blue Moon Belgian White</a> is another popular one. I would recommend either one of these to share at the neighborhood BYOB Greek joint.</p> <h2>Sushi and Seafood</h2> <p>Raw or cooked, fish and seafood are prime candidates for white wines and lighter beers; however, if you are more of a dark beer or red wine drinker, there are plenty of those to choose from as well. Stout and oysters are an unlikely pair, for instance, but this is one combination I would recommend if you like to hit a BYOB oyster bar. Don't forget to pick up a bottle of sake when you head out to your favorite sushi restaurant, because you don't have to drink it warm to enjoy it with your rolls and sashimi.</p> <p><strong>Wine/Sake: Sake Momokawa, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay</strong></p> <p>I have to say that while I'm not a sake aficionado, I do trust the <a href="http://www.sakeone.com/Lifestyle/food-pairing.html">experts at Sake One</a>. I've thoroughly enjoyed any sake I've tasted from this Oregon-based company, particularly the <a href="http://www.sakeone.com/momokawa/">Momokawa</a>. You don't have to bring sake just because you're eating at a BYOB&nbsp;sushi place, though. One of the cheapest yet drinkable wines that is readily available is the <a href="http://www.fisheyewines.com/wines/pinot-grigio/">FishEye Winery Pinot Grigio</a>. If you're like my friends who raise eyebrows when they see a bottle of it in my fridge, here's my response &mdash; I&nbsp;can get it at the gas station on the way home, and it's ideal for spicy seafood and a thin wallet.</p> <p><strong>Beers: Stout or White Ale</strong></p> <p>My favorite white ale is the <a href="http://www.allagash.com/beer/">Allagash White</a>, and while it isn't as cheap as some of the other ales I've recommended, it's an excellent beer for the price. You won't find many beers of that quality under ten bucks for a six pack. It's light and crisp, and it goes extremely well with seafood. If it's a stout you're looking for, you can never go wrong with <a href="http://www.guinness.com/">Guinness</a>, but there are plenty of comparable and well-rounded stouts made here in the states that give this famous Irish stout a run for the money. Although I'm slightly biased, the Vermont-based <a href="http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/rock-art-stump-jumper-gnarly-stout/31074/">Rock Art Stump Jumper Gnarly Stout</a> is everything you'd want in a well-balanced stout to wash down those raw oysters (if you can find it).</p> <p>Don't forget to ask about a corking fee. Some restaurants will charge a small fee to uncork your wine bottle, usually between two and five dollars. For more wine pairing tips, check out these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wine-pairings-for-virtually-any-menu">wine-pairing suggestions</a>.</p> <p><em>Do you have a favorite food and drink pairing for a BYOB restaurant?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-drink-pairings-for-byob-restuarants">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-beers-to-keep-your-holiday-season-hoppin">13 Cheap Beers to Keep Your Holiday Season Hoppin’</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-ways-to-hustle-free-drinks">Top 5 Ways to Hustle Free Drinks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-great-uses-for-beer">21 great uses for beer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable wine alcohol beer BYOB restaurants Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:24:28 +0000 Ashley Watson 794969 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Cheap Beers to Keep Your Holiday Season Hoppin’ http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-beers-to-keep-your-holiday-season-hoppin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-cheap-beers-to-keep-your-holiday-season-hoppin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/boddingtons.jpg" alt="Girl with a Boddington&#039;s" title="Girl with a Boddington&#039;s" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hands up &mdash; who likes beer?</p> <p>Both my hands would be up, but that would make typing this a tad tricky. I have to say, though, this is one of the tastiest assignments I&rsquo;ve ever done in my blogging career. And I may have to follow it up with a sequel at some point. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-great-uses-for-beer">21 Great Uses for Beer</a>)</p> <p>Over the last few weeks, I&rsquo;ve been sampling beers for you, the Wise Bread readers. Yes, it&rsquo;s a tough job, but someone had to do it. At least, that&rsquo;s what I told my wife. What follows is a list of the best 13 beers that are cheap and cheerful. There are so many good beers on the market, but I wanted to find drinkable beer that costs you $1 per 12 oz. bottle or less. Some come in at just 67 cents per bottle or can, others slightly tip the $1 scale. But they&rsquo;re all worth your money, in my honest opinion.</p> <p>Remember, these are not the kind of beers that make you sit back in your armchair and praise the brewmasters who concocted them. Those beers usually run you a few bucks per bottle wholesale, and even more in a bar. But hopefully, these beers will not want to make you convert to a glass of iced water with your holiday meal.</p> <h3>1. Boddingtons Pub Ale</h3> <p><em>Average price: $6.49 for 4 cans (16 oz.)<br /> </em></p> <p>Some may say I&rsquo;m breaking the price barrier with this one; it&rsquo;s often considered a pricier selection due to having just four cans in the box. But these are 16 oz. cans, so it&rsquo;s almost the same amount of beer as you&rsquo;d get in a six pack (6 x 12 = 72 oz., 4 x 16 = 64 oz.). And trust me, although you get a little less, the flavor is phenomenal. Being a Brit, I spent many a night sipping Boddingtons, and I still love it now. Known as the Cream of Manchester, it&rsquo;s a smooth pint of ale that goes down easy and leaves you wanting more. Yes, you&rsquo;re not going to get a bunch of this in, but for those who like ale, it&rsquo;s a real crowd pleaser.</p> <h3>2. Yuengling Premium Beer</h3> <p><em>Average price: $5.99 for 6 bottles</em></p> <p>I tried several beers for the first time when writing this article. Yuengling was one of them. I was a little hesitant &mdash; the reviews weren&rsquo;t stellar. But I found it to be quite a pleasant brew. It&rsquo;s a basic pilsner, pours clear and golden, and has the usual flavors of corn and grains, plus a slight buttery aftertaste. Not unlike PBR, it&rsquo;s very easy to drink, although it doesn&rsquo;t leave you thirsting for more. Again, something to help you stock up for parties without busting open the piggy bank.</p> <h3>3. Newcastle Brown Winter IPA</h3> <p><em>Average price: $6.99 for 6 bottles</em></p> <p>I&rsquo;m a HUGE fan of Newcastle Brown Ale (aka &quot;Dog&quot; in Newcastle and surrounding areas, where I grew up). So I was really surprised to see a Winter IPA from the Newcastle brand. I&rsquo;ve sampled several other varieties in the past, including Summer Ale and Werewolf, and they were so-so, so I was hoping for at least a little better. What I found was a very drinkable pale ale. My palette&rsquo;s not as developed as professional beer tasters, but I did detect notes of tea, caramel, and some spice in the mix. And it&rsquo;s got a creamy finish. For the price, it&rsquo;s well worth the money. You may even find it under $6 in your area.</p> <h3>4. Pabst Blue Ribbon</h3> <p><em>Average price: $8.99 for 12 cans</em></p> <p>Despite what a lot of the beer snobs will say, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-we-are-sayingis-give-pabst-a-chance">I like Pabst</a>, and I think it&rsquo;s got a crisp, clean taste. Plus, the price is rocking, coming in at well under 80 cents a can. It pours well, has a good head, smells malty with a touch of corn, and has a sweet aftertaste. Admittedly, it&rsquo;s no killer beer for the winter season; it&rsquo;s a much better summer drink. But if you like lighter beers and are on a very tight budget, this is a top choice.</p> <h3>5. Simpler Times Lager</h3> <p><em>Average price: $3.99 for 6 cans</em></p> <p>If you shop at Trader Joes, you&rsquo;ll know Simpler Times Lager all too well. It comes in a gold can with red and green type, and it&rsquo;s cheap. Like 67 cents a can cheap. But don&rsquo;t let the price fool you, although it&rsquo;s no award winner, it&rsquo;s very similar to Pabst, but a little lighter. With a crisp, sweet flavor, lots of carbonation, and only a very slight metallic taste, it&rsquo;s a good &ldquo;chugging&rdquo; beer for holiday parties when money is tight. Give it a try. If you don&rsquo;t like it, it&rsquo;s a great beer to cook with.</p> <h3>6. Samuel Adams Winter Lager</h3> <p><em>Average Price: $13.99 for 12 bottles</em></p> <p>You should always expect to pay a little more for the seasonal beers, but this winter variety of Sam Adams is priced the same as, and is a delicious variation on, the original. Pop the cap, and you&rsquo;ll be greeted with hoppy, malty, nutty aromas and a definite hint of Christmassy spices. You may even spot a little ginger, caramel, and cinnamon in there. It&rsquo;s very palatable, especially on a cold day when you want a beer but don&rsquo;t want the crisp sensation of a regular lager. Definitely one to have in the garage or basement for any occasion this holiday season.</p> <h3>7. Butternuts Beer &amp; Ale Moo Thunder Stout</h3> <p><em>Average price: $5.99 for 6 bottles </em></p> <p>I had to include at least one stout &mdash; after all, I much prefer dark beers. This one&rsquo;s a charmer. Brewed by Chuck Williamson in a converted dairy farm in upstate New York, it drinks like a much more expensive beer. As he says on the <a href="http://www.butternutsbeerandale.com/">Butternuts Beer &amp; Ale</a> website, &ldquo;no pretense, no snotty attitudes or haughty prices.&rdquo; Right on! Not as heavy as other stouts I love to imbibe, it&rsquo;s got plenty of malt and a dry finish. Do yourself a favor. Look for the label, a dancing cow being struck by lightning, and pick up a very flavorful six pack.</p> <h3>8. Budweiser American Ale</h3> <p><em>Average price: $5.99 for 6 bottles<br /> </em></p> <p>I have a confession to make. I don&rsquo;t really like Budweiser. Maybe it&rsquo;s because I tasted the far superior <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_Budvar_Brewery">Budweiser Budvar</a> (now known as Czechvar) first. However, a friend told me about American Ale, and I gave it a try. Not bad. Not bad at all. This is not in the same camp as Bud Light. With a nice copper color, a good head, and a sweet, malty flavor, it&rsquo;s got way more body than a typical bottle of Bud. With less carbonation than Bud, it&rsquo;s also easier to drink. And the price is definitely right.</p> <h3>9. Schaefer Beer</h3> <p><em>Average Price: $4.49 for 6 cans/bottles</em></p> <p>For a cheap beer, Schaefer&rsquo;s has <a href="http://schaefer-beer.com/history/default.aspx">quite the heritage</a>. Basically, two German brothers started making this beer way back in 1842, and in 1981 it was bought out by Stroh&rsquo;s. As you&rsquo;d expect from such a cheap beer, it&rsquo;s weak on the nose and sweet-tasting. You&rsquo;ll detect corn, grassiness, and sometimes a metallic, minerally aftertaste. But let&rsquo;s not forget, you&rsquo;re getting a really cheap brew (it&rsquo;s been found as low as $2.99/six pack in some states) and for a party or cookout, it does the job when you&rsquo;re on a budget. I&rsquo;d still rather drink this than a light beer from one of the big manufacturers.</p> <h3>10. Lionshead Pilsner</h3> <p><em>Average price: $7.99 for 12 cans</em></p> <p>Brewed in Pennsylvania by Lion Brewery, Lionshead beer is not ideal if you like a good head on your brew. It has minimal carbonation and is very light in color. Having said that, it goes down real easy. You&rsquo;ll detect barley, corn, sweetness, and a little malt. Lionshead has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing you&rsquo;ll really care about. It goes down smooth, the price is terrific (around 67 cents a can), and because it&rsquo;s not so well known, you may well be treated with &ldquo;Lionshead? What&rsquo;s that?&rdquo; See if the newbies can figure out if it&rsquo;s a pricey beer or a cheap guzzler.</p> <h3>11. Genesee Cream Ale</h3> <p><em>Average price: $4.49 for 6 bottles</em></p> <p>A few bucks cheaper than Boddingtons, I wasn&rsquo;t expecting it to come close to one of my favorite ales. I was rather pleasantly surprised. It has a really good head, good carbonation, and it even smells creamy. Genesee has a hoppy aroma, a crisp, clean taste and finishes well. I didn&rsquo;t get any bitter aftertaste. The price is killer too, and many liquor stores will have it available in a 30-can pack for $17.99 or less. Well worth the money in my opinion.</p> <h3>12. Sierra Nevada Celebration</h3> <p><em>Average price: $11.99 for 12 bottles&nbsp;</em></p> <p>The price of this one varies quite a bit it seems. In my area, one store is selling a 12-pack for $9.99, another for $13.99. I asked a few people, they all seem to be picking it up for around $12-13 per 12 pack, but you may find it for $10. And if you do, grab it. This is one of the best-tasting beers on the list, and as a seasonal beer, it&rsquo;s the perfect time to drink it. Robust and rich, it&rsquo;s dry-hopped for a more intense flavor and aroma. What&rsquo;s more, it&rsquo;s got a kick, with a 6.8% alcohol content. Highly recommended.</p> <h3>13. Mississippi Mud Black &amp; Tan</h3> <p><em>Average price: $2.99 for a 32 oz. bottle</em></p> <p>This is the only single-serving (although it&rsquo;s quite the serving) beer on the list. I first discovered this a few years ago when I was buying beers to mix my own black and tan (stout and pale ale). Now, this is nowhere near as good as a hearty mix of Guinness and Bass Ale, I&rsquo;ll put that out there right now. But if you want something similar and don&rsquo;t fancy buying a bunch of beer to mix at home, this does the trick. It has a bit of a skunky smell, but it&rsquo;s easy to drink. It has some chocolate overtones, and the bottle is cool, too. You may well find it cheaper than $2.99; it&rsquo;s not a big seller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Well, those are my top 13 recommendations for cheap, drinkable beer this <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unusual-gift-ideas-for-a-memorable-holiday-season">holiday season</a>. If you have any that are well worth a try, and come in at around $1 a bottle, then please share. And as always, I&rsquo;d like to remind everyone not to drink and drive; be a responsible beer-lover, please.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-beers-to-keep-your-holiday-season-hoppin">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-ways-to-hustle-free-drinks">Top 5 Ways to Hustle Free Drinks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-great-uses-for-beer">21 great uses for beer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-drink-pairings-for-byob-restuarants">Frugal Drink Pairings for BYOB Restaurants</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable entertaining alcohol beer cheap holidays Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:00:53 +0000 Paul Michael 792182 at http://www.wisebread.com Cheap Fun and Libations: Brewery and Winery Tours http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-fun-and-libations-brewery-and-winery-tours <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cheap-fun-and-libations-brewery-and-winery-tours" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/brewery_tour2.jpg" alt="Woman on a brewery tour" title="Woman on a brewery tour" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="153" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Brewery and winery tastings used to be more of a way to score a free drink. Today, however, they offer not only <em>gratis </em>samples of select drinks, but also an opportunity to learn the difference between a regular brew and a microbrew or how your favorite vineyard fared during Prohibition. If you don&rsquo;t consider yourself a full-fledged beer enthusiast or oenophile, fear not &mdash; that&rsquo;s why tours and tastings are offered in the first place. And, if you don&rsquo;t even know the first thing to expect when embarking on one of these experiences, read on! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-wines-under-10-dollars">10 Great Wines Under $10</a>)</p> <h2>What to Expect on a Brewery or Winery Tour</h2> <p>Most brewery tours are free, with more in-depth tours or experiences costing extra. Anheuser-Busch, for example, has a <a href="http://www.budweisertours.com/toursBeermaster_stl.htm">Beermaster Tour</a> that takes guests to more behind-the-scenes locations than its free version and costs $25 for guests over 21. It also has a <a href="http://www.budweisertours.com/stl_Beerschool.htm">Beer School</a> that teaches visitors pouring techniques, food pairings, and the different ingredients used for brewing and costs $10 for guests over 21.</p> <p>Winery tours and tastings, on the other hand, often cost a flat fee, depending on the size and prestige of the winery. I have been on tours of wineries dotting the Midwest countryside for as little as $2.50 per person, while others in more prestigious locations can run you about $40. Unlike brewery tours, which often run continuously throughout the day, winery tours and tastings are sometimes by appointment only. <a href="http://www.cakebread.com/tours/tours_tastings.cfm">Cakebread Cellars</a>, one of my personal favorites located in Napa Valley, is just such a winery.</p> <p>Generally people of all ages can participate in brewery and winery tours, although those under a certain age (normally 21) must be accompanied by an adult. The tours often end with a free tasting of select products which can, of course, only be sampled by those of us who are aged 21 or over. Although all ages can tour, however, it doesn&rsquo;t necessarily mean they should &mdash; think about whether your pint-sized companions would enjoy said tour without the promise of a pint of their own at the conclusion of the visit.</p> <p>As far as the size of your tour or tasting group, it varies widely depending on the time, day, and season of your visit, as well as the size of the facility. Groups of 6-40 are standard. Like most attractions, brewery and winery tours and tastings are more crowded on the weekends, particularly during the summer when people are vacationing. If you choose to take part in one of these attractions during those times, be prepared to be jostled, and don&rsquo;t get upset if you can&rsquo;t hear the tour guide or tasting leader that well. It comes with the territory. If you really want to ensure individual attention, you can sometimes reserve private tours or tastings by calling ahead of time. Unlike the option open to the general public, though, private events often cost money.</p> <p>Your tour or tasting will be conducted by an employee of the brewery or winery who has been trained in that establishment&rsquo;s history, beer- or wine-making process, and products. The guide won&rsquo;t necessarily have any training beyond that, although many are required to become <a href="http://www.tipsalcohol.com/about-tips.html">TIPS</a> (Training for Intervention ProcedureS to help recognize potential alcohol-related problems) certified.</p> <p>On average, tastings and tours alike last about 45 minutes. As expected, though, the more the tasting or tour costs, the more in-depth the information you will receive, and the longer the experience.</p> <p>One little-known fact about both brewery and winery tours is that there are cold parts of the tour. Fermentation in both the beer- and the wine-making process occurs best at low temperatures, so you&rsquo;ll most likely be spending time in pretty chilly areas. Consider dressing in layers when going on these excursions. Also good to know &mdash; closed-toed shoes are required for the majority of brewery tours. I honestly can&rsquo;t say why (please share if you know!), but I have seen it on the vast majority of brewery websites and in the breweries I&rsquo;ve visited. Another good tip is to avoid cologne and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sample-before-you-buy-perfume">perfume</a>, as well as smoking, during your visit. Particularly during wine tastings, scent is an integral part of the experience. Taste is also important to both beer and wine tastings, and smoking affects taste.</p> <h2>How to Find Brewery and Winery Tours and Tastings</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for the real deal, try this list of <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/slideshow/photos-americas-10-best-brewery-tours-11878277">ABC's ten best brewery tours in America</a> or find the best wine trails (groupings of wineries by region) at <a href="http://www.winetrailsusa.com">Wine Trails USA</a>. If you&rsquo;re looking for things local to your area, a quick Internet search of breweries or wineries should yield useful results, although you should pair that search with one for reviews of that establishment to avoid disappointment. You could also try your friendly local chamber of commerce or tourism bureau &mdash; both of those offices often has information on attractions in the area, including breweries and wineries.</p> <h2>When to Try a Tour</h2> <p>Although grapes are harvested from early September until early November in the U.S., winery tours and tastings are generally conducted year-round. As expected, though, more people tend to visit wineries when the weather is best, starting in May each year, through mid-October. Winery tasting and tour groups swell to their largest size during grape harvest season, which is in full swing in September and October. Like wineries, brewery tours also tend to be more crowded in the summer months. You should also expect large crowds during Oktoberfest (held from mid-September to early October).</p> <p><em>Do you have any tips for how to have an enjoyable brewery or winery tour or tasting? Share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-fun-and-libations-brewery-and-winery-tours">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-cheap-or-free-ways-to-make-the-most-of-the-weekend">40+ Cheap or Free Ways to Make the Most of the Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-start-a-frugal-dinner-club">How to Start a Frugal Dinner Club</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alcohol-is-good-for-your-heart">Alcohol is good for your heart</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink beer things to do tours wine Tue, 09 Aug 2011 10:24:24 +0000 Janey Osterlind 637571 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Great Beer Apps to Kick-Start Your Summer http://www.wisebread.com/5-great-beer-apps-to-kick-start-your-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-great-beer-apps-to-kick-start-your-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/glass_of_beer2.jpg" alt="Guy with a glass of beer" title="Guy with a glass of beer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The start of summer is almost here, and you know what that means &mdash; all you&rsquo;re thinking about is ice-cold beer.</p> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re at the beach, near a bar, or in your own backyard, these five apps let you sit back, relax, and sip your way to satisfaction. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-great-uses-for-beer">21 Great Uses for Beer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Findmytap (Free)</h2> <p>Draft and craft connoisseurs will salivate over the recently launched <a href="http://www.findmytap.com/#">Findmytap</a> app for iPhone and Android that allows users to find their favorite brews no matter where they are. Its comprehensive database contains an extensive selection of searchable on-tap beers that are served at registered bars within a 10-mile radius. Users also can browse and leave reviews and ratings to help Findmytap users decide in advance if a particular bar is up to par, and there&rsquo;s a Favorites list that allows users to save their preferences for easier decision-making next time around.</p> <h2>2. DrinkFit ($1.49)</h2> <p>When you&rsquo;ve worked long and hard for that beach-ready body, the last thing you need is to pile on the pounds from a couple of pints. With <a href="http://www.drinkfitapp.com/">DrinkFit</a>, users can search the nutritional information (is that an oxymoron in this context?) for beer, cocktails, liquor, mixers, and wine &mdash; 1,600-plus drinks are currently listed &mdash; to avoid overindulgence. In addition to straight-up calorie counts, the app allows users to create a running list of the beverages he or she is consuming in one sitting to keep track of the carbs in real-time. DrinkFit is available for iPhone and Android.</p> <h2>3. BarTab Keepr ($.99)</h2> <p>You know the scenario &mdash; you hand the bartender a credit card to open a tab, buy your buddies a couple rounds of bottles, and a few hours later walk out without paying because too much hooch makes you forget that they actually cost money. Why we do it no one knows, but the developer of <a href="http://apps.gwiz.biz/btk">BarTab Keepr</a> feels your pain. This ingenious iPhone app lets users keep a running tab of the drinks they&rsquo;ve purchased &mdash; and input prices for those on a budget &mdash; with additional functionality that sets an alarm to remind the reveler that there is a minor monetary issue that must be resolved before stumbling out the door.</p> <h2>4. onTap Beer App (Free)</h2> <p>The perfect companion to Findmytap, <a href="http://ontapbeerapp.com/">onTap Beer App</a> is what you open after you&rsquo;ve honed in on hoppy happiness. This iPhone-only application allows users to take snapshots of their latest finds; rate beers and leave tasting notes like, &ldquo;Goes well with the pizza after a night of wine tasting;&rdquo; and view beers being enjoyed by other users. And if you&rsquo;re the type with a whole network of ale aficionados and lager lovers, the developers have you covered there, too &mdash; you can share your malted musings via Facebook and Twitter without leaving the app.</p> <h2>5. iBrewMaster ($6.99-$9.99)</h2> <p>A frothy, frigid pilsner is a tantalizing treat, but sometimes it&rsquo;s just too darn hot to waltz on down to your local watering hole to curb that craving. For those who prefer the comforts of their climate-controlled cottages, <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibrewmaster/id315820829?mt=8">iBrewMaster</a> &mdash; for iPhone and iPad &mdash; makes <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homebrewed-beer-make-your-own-and-save-money">home brewing</a> easier than ever. The app comes with 50 pre-installed recipes and instructions that walk you through the home-brewing process and track your batch&rsquo;s progress every step of the way. Even better, estimated gravities, alcohol content, IBUs, color, and calories are automatically calculated, so all you&rsquo;ll need to worry about is whether to pair it with a hamburger or hot dog.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-great-beer-apps-to-kick-start-your-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-bytes-using-tech-for-restaurant-discounts">Big Bytes: Using Tech for Restaurant Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-great-uses-for-beer">21 great uses for beer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Technology beer smartphone apps summer Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:48:18 +0000 Mikey Rox 575187 at http://www.wisebread.com Use Beer to Get Rid of Pests http://www.wisebread.com/use-beer-to-get-rid-of-pests <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/use-beer-to-get-rid-of-pests" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beer_bottles.jpg" alt="Beer bottles" title="Beer bottles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As winter drags on, you might be tempted to stay indoors and have a few beers to keep the chill out. Of course, we&rsquo;re not the only animals searching for warmth and protection from the harsher weather, but we&rsquo;re also not the only animals to appreciate a bit of beer. In fact, you can use cheap or leftover beer to trap many different bugs and pests.</p> <h3>Cockroaches</h3> <p>Cockroaches are among the most disturbing of household pests, but you can stop them with some things you probably have around the house already.</p> <p>Take a jam jar with a rounded inside lip. Coat the inner lip with Vaseline, then put a slice of beer-soaked bread at the bottom. The cockroaches will be attracted by the smell of beer, but the Vaseline-coated lip will make it impossible for them to escape. You can then dispose of them however you see fit.</p> <p>Another method to trap cockroaches involves less glass between you and the bugs. If you leave a rag that is soaking in beer out overnight, roaches will again be attracted to the beer and will probably throw the roach equivalent of a rave. But in the morning, they will still be drunk and won&rsquo;t be able to scurry away when you come in to get rid of them.</p> <h3>Fruit Flies</h3> <p>Fruit flies can also easily be trapped with a bit of beer. They are attracted to rotting and fermented food, essentially what alcoholic beverages are. So although this is an article about using <em>beer</em> to get rid of pests, you can use just about any alcoholic beverage to trap fruit flies.</p> <p>In this method, simply place a sheet of paper with a small hole in it over the top of an open can or bottle of beer. The fruit flies will fly in to feed on the beer, but will be unable to figure out how to get out of the opening. Then you can just get rid of the can of beer and the flies all at one time.</p> <h3>Mice</h3> <p>Mice love a bit of beer, and you can create a humane trap by pouring some beer into the bottom of a bucket. Place a piece of wood or something similar to act as a ramp, so the mice can climb up the ramp to get at the beer. When they leap in to get the beer, they won&rsquo;t be able to climb back out.</p> <p>You can then take the bucket (carefully, since you don&rsquo;t want to traumatize them or hurt them) and release the mice outside.</p> <h3>Slugs and Earwigs</h3> <p>Once springtime comes around, you can still use beer to repel bugs and other creepy crawlies in your yard.</p> <p>Slugs, and to a lesser extent earwigs, can cause a lot of damage to plants and your lawn. Having a couple isn&rsquo;t a problem, but if there are too many (or if you just hate that slime slugs leave everywhere), you can treat the problem without having to worry about putting out dangerous chemicals.</p> <p>There are many ways of trapping slugs and earwigs, but the principle is the same. Put a shallow dish with stale beer close to the ground (either dig a hole to put a can or jar lid in, or just pop it on the ground), so the slugs and earwigs can crawl in. They will then drown in the beer, and you can throw the whole thing out.</p> <h3>Make Your Own Insect Repellent</h3> <p>You can also make your own insect repellent for your yard using beer, as well as a few other household products: Epsom salt, mouthwash (the kind that doesn&rsquo;t kill germs), and dry yeast.</p> <ol> <li>Open a can of beer, and let it go flat.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Mix together one cup of each of the following:<br /> <ol type="a"> <li>The flat beer</li> <li>Epsom salt</li> <li>Mouthwash<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ol> </li> <li>Pour the contents into a large spray bottle, then add half a package of dry yeast.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Put on the lid of the spray bottle and shake vigorously to dissolve the yeast and the rest of the salt.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Spray it on your grass and around plants to keep insects from crossing any perimeters.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Repeat this every 20-30 days from spring to fall.</li> </ol> <p>The great thing about this insect repellent is that it is also a fertilizer: The magnesium in the salt and carbohydrates in the beer feed your plants, while the alcohol in the mouthwash repels insects.</p> <p>You should take care not to spray this on flowering plants, however, as it might kill them!</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post from Danusia Jolliffe, the Online Community Manager for Rentokil Pest Control. She looks after the blog <a href="http://www.rentokil.com/blog">deBugged</a>, as well as <a href="http://twitter.com/Rentokil">@Rentokil</a> on Twitter. Her main hobby outside of work is netball &mdash; playing, umpiring, and serving as Club Captain. Read more from Danusia:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.rentokil.com/blog/zombie-ants-have-been-around-a-long-time/">Zombie Ants Have Been Around a Long Time</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.rentokil.com/blog/pest-control-at-home-in-the-kitchen/">Pest Control at Home &mdash; the Kitchen</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.rentokil.com/blog/bugs-in-booze/">Bugs in Booze</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/danusia-jolliffee">Danusia Jolliffee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/use-beer-to-get-rid-of-pests">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-gardening-lessons-learned-the-hard-way">10 Gardening Lessons Learned the Hard Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-make-living-with-roommates-tolerable">11 Ways to Make Living With Roommates Tolerable</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Home beer bugs gardening natural pest control Wed, 16 Feb 2011 14:00:20 +0000 Danusia Jolliffee 491222 at http://www.wisebread.com Homebrewed Beer: The Results http://www.wisebread.com/home-brewed-beer-the-result <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/home-brewed-beer-the-result" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/HomebrewPils.jpg" alt="Pilsener" title="Pilsener" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I left off, our beer was <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homebrewed-beer-make-your-own-and-save-money">sitting in a carboy</a>. In total, it spent 14 days there. The first several days were fascinating to me &mdash; I liked hearing and watching the yeast do its work. The color of the beer changed and the bubbles gradually stopped. After the beer had done its time in the carboy, it was time to bottle. Here is where some real work came in. From start to finish, it took us three hours.</p> <p>The bottles had first been soaking in Oxy-Clean, to remove labels and give them an initial cleaning. We pulled them out, rinsed them, and put them in a drying rack. From there, we formed a small assembly line (just the two of us) and washed each bottle with a brewing cleaner, Straight A, and a bottle brush. Then they were rinsed with a Jet Carboy and Bottle Washer faucet attachment, dipped into a sanitizing solution called Star San, and set onto a bottle tree to drain. We then took each bottle off of the rack and placed a carbonation drop (which looked like a white lemon drop, made of corn sugar) in each bottle, in preparation for filling. The drops give the remaining yeast just the right amount of fuel to carbonate the beer. Many homebrewers instead dissolve about a cup of corn sugar in hot water and add that to the bottling bucket before racking the beer into it to achieve the same result, but our supplier sold us the carbonation drops as a simpler method. It certainly was simple.</p> <p>Filling and capping the bottles was definitely the most challenging part, in my view. First, we &ldquo;racked&rdquo; (siphoned) the beer from the carboy into a bottling bucket. We quickly determined that I was not the best candidate to put the caps on, which required a little more arm strength, so I was the filler. The challenge of filling the bottles was getting the siphon tube started, which is pretty tricky to do &mdash; keeping in mind that sucking on the tube is not recommended, due to potential bacterial contamination of your bottled beer. One end of the tube is attached to a &ldquo;racking cane&rdquo; and inserted into the beer. To the other end is attached a bottle filler tube with a little trigger valve. After we got the beer flowing, I gently pushed the mechanism on the tip of the tube to the bottom of the bottle, which allowed the beer to flow, filling the bottles. Then I would hand the bottle to my husband, and he would cap the bottle and put it in the beer box.</p> <p>Though Charlie Papazian&rsquo;s book recommended at least ten days in the bottle to allow for carbonation and clarifying, our first taste-test took place at the 6-day mark, exactly. We were dying of curiosity. The results? Well, first let me drag this out a little more to torture you. To back up a little, I have always considered myself to be more of a &ldquo;wine&rdquo; person than a &ldquo;beer &ldquo;person. I like the complexities of wine, for instance, detecting the fruit flavors, varying degrees of spiciness, its finish, etc. I never got that from beer.</p> <p>So, the result? Homebrewed beer, prepared correctly, is FANTASTIC. I tell you, folks, this has got to be one of the most fun home hobbies, ever. Let&rsquo;s start with the color. We made a pilsener, but with an ale yeast, due to our room-temperature brewing. I would describe the color of the beer, when poured, as a sort of tawny amber. (I had been expecting something lighter, based on true, commercial pilseners I have bought at the store.) I had not expected the beer to have a malty, creamy, flavor to it, but it does. There was another factor I had not anticipated: complexity. It&rsquo;s interesting. It is not the beer of Super-Bowl parties I have attended. It was, though, even better after the ten-day mark. The carbonation was of a finer quality and the brew seemed more rounded.</p> <p>In my previous post, I mentioned that homebrewing was a great male bonding experience. One of my commenters lamented this statement as sexist, and I can now reassure her that it&rsquo;s just a fun bonding experience, period. We had a great time, although at moments it did get a little tense, due to our inexperience. At one point we were sitting on the dining room hardwood floor, both trying to figure out how to get more comfortable and yet keep up our little assembly line. We had to laugh at ourselves.</p> <p>One other item I want to point out: there is a large world-wide homebrewing community out there &mdash; and what a supportive group! I have a lot of hobbies, but have never before experienced the degree of helpfulness and instant camaraderie in learning how to do something that we have experienced in getting into homebrewing. My original post commenters were great &mdash; I received helpful e-mails &mdash; and the purveyors of equipment and supplies we&rsquo;ve met and spoken with on the phone are supportive and positive. We just missed our island&rsquo;s homebrewing competition, but you can bet we will be there, next year, for fun.</p> <p>Finally, the cost. The original estimate for equipment was $180. After our difficulty with the siphoning process, we bought an &ldquo;auto-siphon&rdquo; to get the beer out of the carboy, and we bought a spigot for our bottling bucket. We also bought a &ldquo;bottle tree&rdquo; (my husband made the first bottle drying rack, because both local homebrew shops were out of them). The cost of these items was $60, bringing our investment to $240. Our theory, when embarking on a new project, is that if you don&rsquo;t have the right equipment, it makes the project more difficult &mdash; and less fun &mdash; so you aren&rsquo;t as likely to do it again. If you buy the right equipment, which makes the job easier, you are more likely to do it. We used this approach with canning and gardening and it has been borne out by our experiences.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s next? Tomorrow, we start a lager. Also, as some previous post commenters suggested making hard cider, my husband decided he&rsquo;d give that a try, having sampled those and enjoyed them in the past. Tonight we will give a party and share beer with the neighbors who worked so hard to empty bottles for us.</p> <p>All in all, I would definitely recommend homebrewing. The product can be superior, it can be cost-effective over the long-haul, and it is really fun. As Charlie Papazian writes in <em>The Complete Joy of Home Brewing</em>, &ldquo;Relax! Don&rsquo;t worry. Have a homebrew.&rdquo;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-brewed-beer-the-result">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-mason-jar-gifts-you-can-make">9 Easy Mason Jar Gifts You Can Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts">Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-your-next-potluck-with-one-of-these-23-cheap-easy-potluck-dishes">Win Your Next Potluck With One of These 23 Cheap, Easy Potluck Dishes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink beer homebrew Sun, 02 May 2010 17:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 58277 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 “Secret” Ingredients for More Delicious Dishes http://www.wisebread.com/4-secret-ingredients-for-more-delicious-dishes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-secret-ingredients-for-more-delicious-dishes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baby cry.jpg" alt="Add coke to recipes" title="Add coke to recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="179" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stocking a pantry can involve using a template list for keeping what you need on hand. Flour, sugar, and butter &mdash; we&rsquo;re all aware of their purpose. It's possible that you may want to deviate from your standard checklist of shopping items, however. Check out these four uniquely affordable ingredients that can covertly jazz up your dishes for mere pennies!</p> <h2>Cola</h2> <p>We don&rsquo;t drink soda at our house, and when I do indulge, I prefer the diet variety. I can&rsquo;t deny, however, that my favorite childhood food memory involves my mom slow-cooking a pork roast in a pot of cola for hours. (There&rsquo;s no way to describe how delicious the flavor is.) To get a handful of practical recipes for using this recession-proof product, visit <a href="http://www.allyou.com/your-home/recipes/cola-cake-recipe-0002135/index.html">All You Magazine&rsquo;s collection of dishes</a>. (It includes Cola Cake, Cola Baked Beans, and a Cola-Glazed Ham!)</p> <h2>Applesauce</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s yummy as an afterschool snack, but how many adults actually incorporate it into their diet? With a simple switch-out of all the oil in a cake recipe with applesauce, you can add flavor and moisture, while cutting some of the fat. (This wonderful <a href="http://community.thenest.com/cs/ks/blogs/dinner/archive/2007/10/30/how-to-substitute-applesauce-for-oil-or-butter.aspx">tutorial from The Nest</a> tells you exactly how to do it &mdash; and when it&rsquo;s best to leave the recipe as is.)</p> <p>If you happen to hit a big applesauce sale (or have access to bulk cans designed for institutional purposes), you can also use applesauce in pancakes, muffins, and sauces. If you plan on using the applesauce for eating alone, you can also try your hand at DIY applesauce with this super-easy <a href="http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/09/crockpot-applesauce-recipe.html">crock pot method</a>.</p> <h2>Dried Potato Flakes</h2> <p>I&rsquo;ve already listed several ways to use this very affordable ingredient. If you have access to the large bulk-bags offered by warehouse stores and co-ops, you can use them in several dishes a week! Common uses include:</p> <ul> <li>give cream soups their &ldquo;creamy&rdquo; characteristics (without all the fat of real cream)</li> <li>thickener for gravies</li> <li>added to crumbs for frying and making meatballs and meatloaves</li> <li>in potato breads (the bread machine loaves these!)</li> </ul> <h2>Beer</h2> <p>Even if you don&rsquo;t like the taste of beer for drinking, there is an entire world of cooking and baking that includes the ingredient (and it is pretty fabulous!). In addition to soups, batters, and marinades, even the cheapest version can give a unique flavor to breads and appetizers. (I&rsquo;m going to try out this <a href="http://homecooking.about.com/od/vegetablerecipes/r/blv261.htm">Stuffed Squash Blossom recipe</a> as soon as summer hits &mdash; I&rsquo;m a huge fan of <a href="http://wisebread.com/edible-flowers-make-cheap-food-beautiful-again">cooking blossoms</a>.) For many high-quality dishes for beer, I recommend <a href="http://www.beer100.com/cooking/index.html">Beer100.com&rsquo;s recipe page</a>.</p> <p>There are many more amazing substitutions and creative additions that can be made to your everyday cooking (and they don&rsquo;t have to be cost a lot). For additional reading, I suggest:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://wisebread.com/12-affordable-ingredients-that-add-gourmet-flair-to-any-meal">12 Affordable Ingredients that Add Gourmet Flair to any Meal</a></li> <li><a href="http://wisebread.com/making-the-most-of-imitation-crab-meat">Making the Most of Imitation Crab Meat</a></li> <li><a href="http://wisebread.com/cooking-with-canned-pumpkin-fresh-ideas-for-a-frugal-super-food">Cooking with Canned Pumpkin</a></li> <li><a href="http://wisebread.com/8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">8 Spectacular Uses for that Lone Can of Fruit</a></li> <li><a href="http://wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy">10 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy</a> (These ideas work great for all that Valentine loot, too!)</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secret-ingredients-for-more-delicious-dishes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-canned-foods-that-beat-store-bought">5 Home Canned Foods That Beat Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-tater-tot-recipes">10 Delicious Tater Tot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink applesauce beer cola potatoes recipes Wed, 18 Feb 2009 03:27:10 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2850 at http://www.wisebread.com