Unless you work at The Beer Necessities, you’d probably get in some form of trouble for drinking beer at 3pm on a weekday. But since you don’t work here (yet), we’ve figured out a way for you to get all of those delicious, beery flavors before you make it home or to a bar: You can treat yourself to alcohol-free snacks that taste like beer, which should be enough to tide you over until 5:01pm.
Below are some delicious beer-flavored munchies from all across the country that you’re gonna love:
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I was walking in the supermarket the other day and saw these guys on the shelf. It took me a second to process this -- what the hell was I looking at? First bottles; then cans; now they’re selling Guinness in potato chip bags? As much sense as that made, I quickly realized that I probably needed to eat something ASAP. As it turns out, the Irish stout makers actually teamed up with the small batch fried potato folks at Devon, UK’s Burts Chips to make a unique snack offering. If chips made with roasted barley and hops sound good to you...snag a bag, will you?
Two homebrewers who made beer while they were students at UCLA were troubled by the amount of spent grain they had leftover from the brewing process. When brewpubs run into this issue, they typically turn the stuff into pizza dough or give it to a local farm for animal feed. But these two buds went in a different direction, using their spent grain to make granola bars! The spent grain in their ReGrained bars comes from West Coast breweries like 21st Amendment and ThirstyBear Brewing Co. The end result: mouthwatering Honey Almond IPA and Chocolate Coffee Stout bars. As a bonus, the additional ingredients are mostly organic, and include almonds, oats, and quinoa.
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You might think that lollipops are only for seven-year-olds leaving pediatrician appointments -- but 2017 is the golden age of adult candy, so don’t let those dang kids hog all the pops! Check out the weirdness the folks at Lollyphile are whipping up: blue cheese, frosted cereal, merlot, and, umm...breast milk. Hey, not all of them can be winners. Fortunately they’re also available in beery flavors like IPA, lager, and stout. These treats give new meaning to the phrase “suck that beer down!”
While most marshmallows in America are used to make campfire s’mores or in Chubby Bunny contests, a select few are handcrafted with care and produced with flavors an adult might enjoy. The Sanford, Florida, company Wondermade has captured the hip marshmallow market by releasing everything from coconut, to strawberry, to bourbon, to lavender ‘mallows. Oh yeah, and beer! Guinness is the main ingredient in this fancy dessert, but each marshmallow is also rolled in crushed pretzels to give you a bit of crunch with every bite. Try a new take on an Irish coffee by dropping one in your morning cup of java. Or just eat them plain for breakfast. No one tells you what to do anymore -- you’re a damned grownup!
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Movie theater popcorn -- in all of its buttery goodness -- is great in its own right. But it's got nothin' on Roni-Sue's Beer Corn. This incredibly complex beer and pretzel caramel corn from New York City is flavored with stuff like candied mustard seeds, agave, sea salt, and locally brewed beer syrup. Well, obviously -- you can't call it Beer Corn without the beer! Speaking of which, this seems like the perfect snack to nosh on while drinking some...
Colorado is beer-crazy. And a great example of its craziness is the Denver Beer Ice Cream Fest. For one week every year for the past eight years, one of Mile High’s finest ice cream shops, Sweet Action, devotes seven days to scooping up cold treats made from the fruits of Denver’s best breweries. This past year, brews from TRVE Brewing Co., Strange Craft Beer Co., and Copper Kettle Brewing Co. were turned into off-the-wall ice creams like Peanut Butter Pumpkin Ale, Butter Pecan Maple Porter, and a Chocolate Cherry Kriek Cherry Swirl. Those ice creams are a mouthful in more ways than one.
If we’re talking about Montana beer, Big Sky Brewing Co. is a must-mention. For over 20 years, the brewery has been a major force in the state’s relatively tiny beer scene. Its most popular beer is Moose Drool, a malt-forward brown ale that’s been brewed for as long as moose have roamed the earth (1995, right?). Sweet Palace, a smart chocolatier in Montana, had the idea to combine that beer and coffee to make this fudge. The result is a smooth and rich piece of chocolate...that, admittedly, doesn’t taste much like the beer or coffee. I know: these are supposed to be beer-flavored snacks -- but hey, at least this has the soul of beer. And it’s what’s on the inside that counts, isn’t it?
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My favorite pickle people at Denver, CO-based The Real Dill have a strong connection to Colorado breweries, and they show it off best in a series of pickles made with in-state beers. These limited edition fermented cucumbers tend to sell out quickly, but if you catch ‘em at the right time, you can snag ones like the previously released Great Divide Brewing Co. Titan Dills and Odell Brewing Co. Myrcenary-infused pickles. This summer TRD will be teaming up with Denver’s Crooked Stave for a pickle based on the brewery’s Colorado Wild Sage Mountain Saison. Keep your eyes (and cucumbers) peeled for that one!
Two Kansas City-based dudes who used to work at the city’s Cinder Block Brewery are living the dream. That is, if your dream is to marinate dried beef in the brewery’s Pavers Porter, and call your company Craft Beer Jerky. But the fun doesn’t stop there, because the jerky is also topped with a hop-filled rub and a special blend of spices. If stout-flavored jerky doesn’t do it for you, there’s also a jerky marinated in a wheat beer and seasoned with orange zest. If you’re not convinced of its potential deliciousness, consider this: KC is full of BBQ fanatics. Would they ever support a second-rate jerky company? No. No, they most certainly would not.