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How To Make Snow-Globes Using Beer and Wine Glasses December 13, 2018 13:41 1 Comment

DIY Snow Globes, Snow Globes Made Out of Beer and Wine Glasses

I finally got to make these cute beer inspired snow globes!  Click on the title to learn how you can do it too!

Why Coffee Grounds Should Be Used In Your Beauty Regimen June 20, 2018 07:00

Learn how and why coffee grounds should be used in your beauty regime.


Father's Day is June 17! What better way to show him how much you love him with these fun activities.

Father's Day activities

How to Make A Wine Bottle Centerpiece March 04, 2018 06:00 3 Comments

Planning a wedding, a bridal shower or hosting a wine tasting party where you need cheap wine decoration STAT? Well here is the Wine Bottle Craft for you! It’s a Twine Wrapped Wine Bottle! Read More Here! 

Free Valentine Day Cards: Beer Theme February 04, 2018 08:00 1 Comment

Looking for free Valentines Day cards that have a beer theme?  Well, Handbrewed Soaps has you covered. Attach these to a bottle of beer or hand them out at work with a bar of beer soap (wink, wink)!  We have two different types of cards to choose from:  Beer Mine (Download HERE) or I'm So Hoppy You Are My Valentine (Download HERE)!

Beer Mine Valentine Handbrewed Soaps

Hoppy Valentine Beer Valentine Handbrewed Soaps

We wish you a Hoppy Valentines Day!  Let us know how you use these cards!



How to Make Snowman Ornaments Out of Beer Bottle Caps December 11, 2017 13:54 1 Comment

A cheap and easy DIY project for the beer lover in your life!!  Every beer lover needs a Beer Bottle Cap Snowman Ornament this holiday season. Read more...

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!


Does Beer Really Soften Your Skin? Beer Buster's Edition September 12, 2017 10:22 2 Comments

In this weeks episode of our Beer Buster's Edition, we really see if beer bathing is all that it's cracked up to be (in the form of a beer pedicure!)

Want to learn how to use beer in other ways besides drinking and cooking with it?

Click HERE to find out how beer cleans jewelry! 

Can Beer Really Polish Jewelry? Beer Buster's Edition August 11, 2017 11:25

This week on Confessions of a Homebrewer's Wife, we begin our Beer Buster's Series.  This week... we put the beer myth: "Can Beer Really Polish Jewelry?" to the test!

We hope you've enjoyed today's video!  Join us next week as we find out if beer gives a better pedicure than water!

Please leave a comment below on a Beer Myth you would like us to "BUST!"



How to Trellis Your Hop Plants July 13, 2017 00:00

Here is how we trellis our hops!  Let us know if you have any questions!  

What you need:

  • Wire

  • Coconut Rope

  • Stakes

Want to learn more about the wonderful world of hops?  Check out:

Hops 101:  Learn about the plant and what hops are used for

When To Harvest Your Hops:  Signs to look for when your hops are ready

Hops and Dogs:  Things to be aware of on brew day if you have a brew dog


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! 



How to Dry Spent Grain May 10, 2017 10:30 2 Comments

spent grains

As you know, we add spent grains (and hops) to our soaps.  It is important to us to keep as many of the beer by-products out of the landfill.  So how do we do this?  Lets get started.

Grains are used to make wort (grain tea) that becomes beer through a fermentation process. To reuse grains for our soaps, we first have to dry them out....

  1. We spread out the wet grains on baking sheets and pop them into the oven on low for about 2 hours. 

  2. About an hour into the drying process, we stir the grains to make sure they are drying evenly. 

  3. Once they are dried, we grind them up and add them to our soap mixture right before we pour the soap into the molds.

You can use this same technique if you are making other spent grain products such as dog treats and bread.   Here are our suggestions for other ways to use spent grains! 

What do you make out of your spent grains?


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! 

5 Ways to Incorporate Beer Into Your Wedding March 29, 2017 00:00

5 ways to incorporate beer into your wedding

You love each other, and you love beer!  So why not combine them on your wedding day?  Here are some fun ways to do it:

1)   Invitations: Think coasters, beer bottle labels

2)   Venue: Get married in or have your reception in a brewery! Better yet, create your own beer garden! Hey Oaklanders, Ale Industries rents out their brewery!

3)   Bouquets / Boutonnieres:  Hops are a great addition to any bouquets or boutonniere.  Try adding some wisps of grain as well!

4)   Gifts: Give your wedding party (or all of your guests) something they can use for weeks to come... beer soap (of course I had to plug them)!  We even make custom labels!  You can buy them in quantities of 26, 50 or 100!

5)   Honeymoon:  Go where the beer is!  Oregon is a great place to go. I mean isn’t there a brewery on every street corner? Well at least in Bend, Oregon there is.  And there’s plenty of hop fields to visit as well!

Let us know how you incorporate beer into your wedding!


Photo Credit:  celebration society

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!



The Best Pancakes in the Whole World! December 19, 2016 00:00

Oatmeal Pancake Hangover Cure

Now that's a strong statement, "The Best Pancakes in the Whole World!!" But it's the truth! I'm not one for homemade pancakes! They tend to be thick and too dry for me.  I envision myself looking like a dog trying to get peanut butter off the roof of my mouth when I eat them! So I've been sticking to a boxed mix, preferring Krusteaz. But last weekend, while camping with the fam, Aunt Sharon broke out with THE BEST PANCAKES EVER!!!! Homemade, from scratch, the moistest (is that a word?) pancakes! So here I introduce you to ....homemade Oatmeal Pancakes!!!

Oatmeal Pancake Hangover Cure

Ingredients for about 12 pancakes:

2 cups of oatmeal

2 cups of buttermilk

3 eggs

2 Tbs sugar

4 Tbs oil

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

Step 1: Soak oatmeal in buttermilk over night!

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients!

 Step 3: Add in wet ingredients including oatmeal mixture!

 Step 4: Cook

Step 5: Eat and Enjoy! And please let me know what you thought of this recipe!!

Oatmeal Pancake Hangover Cure



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.



Pumpkin Carving Ideas for the Drunkered... I mean Beer Lover! (Wink**Wink***) October 23, 2016 00:00 1 Comment

Looking for some fun ways to carve your pumpkin this year? I suggest you take it to the next level! Impress your neighbors with a few on our favorite pumpkin carving photos we found (again… on the good ole’ World Wide Web!...so click on in image for more info!)


Pumpkin Drinking Beer


puking pumpkin


pumpkin hops


pregnant pumpkin



Awesome Beer Themed Ideas For Your Halloween Party October 22, 2016 06:58

Halloween is just around the corner! We will be holding our annual pumpkin carving party. This year I want to have a pumpkin cooler and pumpkin keg for our guests to grab some brew from. Below are some of the coolest ideas that I have found on the good ole’ World Wide Web. (And there is a couple of fun ideas for the kiddos too… Click on the image and it will take you to the instructions! ) If you are looking for some interesting ways to carve your pumpkin, check out our recommendations!

Cheers! Alyson

 pumpkin cooler


pumpkin keg

Photo credit: Credit: Cole Saladino/Thrillist


pumpkin lollipop holder


clementine pumpkins


How to Make A Beer Visor

Every year around the last weekend of June, about 6 families descend on our friend’s 5-acre property to go camping. There is a stage for the band, family styles meals, and a pool (made out of straw and plastic liner) for the kids to cool off! This year, I thought it would be a fun idea to make beer box hat visors. I found some really amazing online tutorials, but with my short attention span, they were a little “to much” for me. So… I hacked my way through it by gluing a six-pack holder to foamy visors. It took all of 10 minutes and the hat was finished; now that’s my kind of craft project!


  • Foamy visors

  • Hot glue

  • Cardboard six pack beer holders of your choose

  • Scissors


1) Open the six pack so that it’s flat. I’m going to let you figure that out since everyone has a different technique and it’s not brain surgery!

2) Take the curly back thingy off the foam visor so the foam part lays flat

3) Trace the foam onto the six-pack.

4) Cut out the cardboard.

5) Glue the foam to the newly cut out six-pack.

6) Add the curling thingy back on, and your done!!!

Now you have a great conversation piece and shade for a camping trip or event! Enjoy!


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