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Chocolate Stout Beer Cake Recipe February 26, 2018 14:05 2 Comments

This Chocolate Stout Beer Cake Recipe is the best for any occasion.  Even the kiddos like it! Read more here ...

How To Make Spent Grain Doggy Treats October 04, 2017 16:02 2 Comments

As on any brew day, we have carboys of beer, and a CRAPLOAD of spent grain.  Spent Grain is the grain bi- product of the beer process.  It CAN produce a lot of waste.  Many brewers try use it in different ways to keep it out of the landfill. We use spent grain in our soaps. But today, I made it into doggy treats.

I used the Deschutes Brewery recipe that you see below. (By the way, their Freshly Squeezed IPA is AMAZE-BALLS!)


4 C spent grain from your local brewery or homebrewer

2 C flour

2 large eggs

1 C natural peanut butter


Blend all ingredients together with your hands in large bowl, then roll out on flour coated surface and use cookie cutter to make desired shapes. Put onto cookie sheet and pop in a 350 degree oven for 30 min and then reduce heat to 225 degrees for 2 hrs to get longer lasting treats. Your pups will love ’em!!

Makes approximately 100 small treats.

Lessons learned:

We dried out our spent grain, but realized after that I probably didn’t have too.  If you want to learn how to dry out spent grain, look here!

Also, there are no preservatives in these so they can mold within days… so, throw those bad boys in the freezer to keep them fresh!

One last thing, don’t forget, hops are poison to dogs, so keep them away from our furry friends!

Let me know how this recipe worked out for you!


Beer Gummy Bear Recipe June 16, 2017 19:13 2 Comments

Beer Gummy Bear Recipe

We had so much fun making these Beer Gummy Bear Treats.  It's a great way to use some of that homebrew...(Homebrewer's wives, you know the struggle is REAL!)

Check out our Video and Recipe below to make your own.  It's super fast and easy!


  • 1 Cup Beer

  • ¼ Cup Sugar

  • 3 Tablespoons Unflavored Gelatin 


  1. Pour the beer into a saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Add the sugar and gelatin, begin stirring immediately. Stir none stop until the sugar & gelatin are completely dissolved. (If you want to keep the maximum amount of alcohol in, make sure the liquid stays well under 170°).

  3. Pour the beer gelatin mixture over your molds (you will need 3 molds and you can find them here!) Use a spatula to fill the bear cavities and scrape off the excess. 

  4. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

  5. Take each beer bear out of the mold and enjoy! 



Crockpot Chicken Pad Thai Made with Beer May 26, 2017 00:00

In this episode of Confessions of a Homebrewer’s Wife, we turn beer into food….  because we’re magic like that!   May I introduce (drum role please) Crockpot Chicken Pad Thai Made with Beer! 


  • 1 1/2 -2 pounds chicken breasts

  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk

  • 1/4 cup of favorite beer

  • 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes ( to taste)

  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts, for garnish

  • Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish

  • Rice, rice noodles, or lettuce leaves, for serving


  1. Arrange chicken breasts in the bottom of a large slow cooker. Add coconut milk, peanut butter, garlic, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes over chicken.

  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or HIGH for 3 to 4 hours (or until chicken is tender but not overcooked, depending on the strength of your slow cooker). Reduce slow cooker temperature to WARM. Remove chicken from slow cooker, cut into chunks, and shred. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker to allow it to absorb sauce and heat through.

  3. Serve chicken and sauce over cooked rice, cooked rice noodles. Garnish with chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro.

We hope you enjoy!


Serve Your Mom a Beer Cocktail this Mother’s Day! May 13, 2017 00:30

Your Mom deserves the best on Mother’s Day so why not serve her a beer cocktail?  I mean after all, she did go through hell and back for your ass…. changing your diapers and putting up with your shenanigans!  So why not let her relax one day a year with this easy Beer Cocktail Recipe!  

Made with

1/2 cup of lite beer 

1/2 cup of lemonade

 1 tsp of sugar (or more depending on your taste buds!) 

This drink is  a sure way to tell her how much you appreciate her!


How To Make A Shandy? (Lemonade and Beer Cocktail) May 05, 2017 00:00

As the weather heat’s up, you know it’s time for a Shady! This refreshing, easy to make beer cocktail, is great to enjoy on a hot day.

A Shandy is nothing more than equal portions of lemonade and your favorite beer (wheat or a light beer being recommended!) You may want to add more lemonade with a light beer, or less with a wheat beer. If you have a sweet tooth, add a teaspoon of sugar!  Most importantly, let your taste buds be your guide.


Have fun! Stay cool!  Cheers! 

4 Uses For Spent Grain February 27, 2017 13:26

Spent Grain Brewing Beer with Handbrewed Soap

Brewers are always faced with the question, “What do I do with my spent grain?” If you are anything like us, we hate to throw it away. So, we’ve provided you with some alternatives to keeping that spent grain out of the landfill.

Compost: Most cities have a compost program where a company will pick up compost for you. If not, start a compost yourself if you have the space in your backyard. Your garden will thank you.

Dog Treats: As long as these grains haven’t come into contact with hops, you’re good to go. (Hops are toxic to dogs.) Dry the grain out (instructions here,) add some peanut butter and BAM... doggy treat heaven!

Bake With Them: You can make bread, pretzels, or pizza crust out of them. It’s high in fiber and protein.

Bathe With Them: Add it to your handmade soap. We use our spent grain in our Spiced Ale Beer Soap. The spent grain acts as text that helps remove dead skin cells.

We hope this helps you decide what to do with your spent grain!




Pumpkin Beer Chocolate Chip Cookie, Beer Cookies, Beer Cookie Recipe

The pumpkin season continues! October was the month for carving them, and November is the month to eat this fabulous gourd. Over the course of this month, we happily share our favorite pumpkin – BEER recipes that come straight out of the Handbrewed Kitchen!

The Pumpkin Chocolate Beer Cookie is a favorite around our house! Both the adult and kid give it a-thumbs up!


¼ c. Butter

1 ¼ c. Sugar

1/3 c. of Beer (Brown Ale or Pumpkin Ale is preferred)

1 c. Pumpkin

1 Egg

1 tsp. Vanilla

2-½ c. Flour

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Nutmeg

½ tsp. salt

Bag of Semi- Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Slightly butter cookie sheets. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Blend in pumpkin, egg, beer, and vanilla. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into a bowl. Add to butter mixture, Blend well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop batter by heaping tsp. onto sheets. Bake until lightly brown, about 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.




Fun Labor Day Ideas

Celebrate Labor Day With These Fun Ideas!

 Summer hasn’t wound down yet. We still got at least one more weekend before the pumpkin season rolls in! So why not savor the end of summer by throwing a Labor Day Bash with friends and family… beer lover style? Serve some Homemade Beer Stout Ice Cream and wear some cute Beer Box Sun Visors by your favorite brewing companies.

What are your plans this holiday weekend?

We wish you a Happy Labor Day!


How To Make Beer Ice Cream July 18, 2016 00:00

It's Maker's Monday, time for a DIY! We recently purchased an ice cream maker, and it has turned into my new addiction. I started experimenting with a basic vanilla recipe, and over the past few weeks have taken a walk on the wild-side… I’ve perfected a beer ice cream that our family’s palette really enjoys. I find that this recipe (eaten without toppings) isn’t as sweet as I personally like and, yes you DO get a hint of beer in this dessert. However, with toffee added, it’s HECKSA good!

Below is the recipe. Feel free to print it out here! Enjoy!

beer ice cream recipe