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Left over girlie beer

One of our recent guests brought a 6 pack of Leinenkuegel Berry Weiss beer. He drank 2, no one else drank any, so now I have 4 sweet and fruity beers left. Well, I can't just let them sit there, not with the entire Chowhound nation at my disposal. So, what do I do?

I, personally don't like beer at all, hard for me to admit 'cuz I'm from Milwaukee and I oughta know, so I wouldn't mind playing up the sweet and berry aspects and minimizing the weiss beer aspect.

Can I make a reduction for a sauce for steaks, shrimp, or fish or ice cream? What else ya got Chowhounders?

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  1. Make corndogs:

    Beer battered chicken franks. Dip them in raspberry preserves like a monte cristo sandwich.

    1. Use them in marinades. Use to deglaze any beef recipes, like chili. Hopefully if you add some spice & heat, your chili won't be sweet. Use them to batter your fish, shrimp or onions for rings.

      I've never heard of reducing beer to use on ice cream, but try it, why not?

      1. Sure, a reduction sauce would be workable. This stuff isn't "beer", so if you don't like beer and enjoy a glass of fruit juice you may like the Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss. My guess is they call it beer because, through fermentation with honey and a few malts and hops along with berry juice, they can't call if fruit juice and it sure isn't wine. But beer, in the traditional sense, it ain't.

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        1. re: todao

          todao, I am not sure why you wpuld think this isn't beer..or even "beer". Here's Wiki's defiinition :

          " Beer is the world's oldest[1] and most widely consumed[2] alcoholic beverage and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea.[3] It is produced by the brewing and fermentation of starches, mainly derived from cereal grains—the most common of which is malted barley, although wheat, maize (corn), and rice are widely used. Most beer is flavoured with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavourings such as herbs or fruit may occasionally be included."

          This is the link to the whole article, it is well citied.

          Yeah in the oldest, thereby most traditional sense this is very much beer.

          And I am still wondering what makes this a "girlie" beer.

          1. re: Quine

            Maybe because females usually prefer the sweet ones. I really don't know any men who do but I am sure there are some. I usually prefer a less sweet one myself, though there is one local apple ale where I live now that has a touch of sweet, not too much though, and it's my fav.

        2. make bread or use it in batter for fried chicken.

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          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Beer bread is great and takes a whole bottle. I'd make up several loaves and freeze the extra so you'll have some tasty bread to go with salad on a hot summer day.

            1. re: dfrostnh

              In my experience, beer bread is an excellent way to use up leftover unopened bottles. Fantastic sandwich bread - especially with tuna and turkey sandwiches. Keep it sliced in the freezer or bake in rolls and it's much easier to pull out as much as you need.

              1. re: TampaAurora

                MMMM, I love beer bread! Or just with butter. Pure comfort!

          2. Any recipe that calls for water, use the beer instead.

            1. Would use it to braise a loin of pork, instead of wine. Brown the meat, add some chopped onions and garlic, pour beer in to 1/2 the height of meat, cover and braise for a couple of hours. You could also preboil spareribs in it before grilling.

              1. Braise moose, elk, wild boar, deer, bear, tapir, chiguiro, ronsoco, kudu, impala, or dik dik.

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                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  Once again Sam you had me up til tapir, then lost me at chiguiro...and around these parts an impala is a car. I'm in awe. :)

                  1. re: maplesugar

                    ... and dik dik is understood to indicate a stuttering problem!

                  2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    Moose is the best. That too is a good idea. However, aj is going to have to have a good connection for wild meat. ;) I live in AK but unfortunately my hubby has only been hunting in Hawaii. Ahhh, I miss moose meat!

                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                      Ah Sam, you had me at kudu, sealed it with dik dik.

                      yeah a good "girly" beer is what it take to tame these wild beasts.

                      1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                        That would be VERY nice. Do something kinda rich and bland-ish like weisswurst or bratwurst, and grill it a bit either before or after; I'd do it before, just enough to get some surface caramelizing.

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          Definately, use the left over braise liquid or just some of it for caramelizing some onions.

                      2. I actually just made a beer marinated chicken. It used a whole bottle of beer and produced nice juicy grilled chicken. I also saw a similar recipe on serious eats for beer marinated chicken tacos just this morning.

                        Here are the two recipes:

                        1. shrimp or crawfish boil, with potatoes and corn. add lots of spice.

                          1. What amazing ideas and suggestions! Much more than I had even hoped. The shrimp boil and grilled chicken thighs are my favs, so far, but I reserve the right to switch to chiguiro or ronsoco just as soon as I research whether to hunt them in the sea, land, or sky. : }

                            Once again I nod my head to the brilliance of the Chowhounders! Thank you.

                            1. Born and raised in Milwaukee... and I hate beer. So I feel for you!
                              I have no idea if Berry Weiss is too sweet for this, but I've noticed many of the restaurants here in France serve mussels with a hard apple cider sauce (from Normandy). I think they just take the cider and add some shallots, garlic, whatever, and reduce it on the stovetop, them simmer the already cooked mussels with it until it reduces further...and sometimes add cream. I wonder if if this berry beer would work with mussels, too, or if it would be too sweet? Just throwing it out there...

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                              1. re: anakalia

                                Make some berry beer and herb bread?
                                no idea on a recipe though.

                                For ie cream I think that a dark chocolate berry and beer gelato would work well-esp with a lot of dark chocolate in it.

                                maybe dark chocolate brownies w chocolate beer frozsting.

                                use in a fondue

                                in the batter for chicken fingers or turkey fingers.

                                I usually make up my own recipies with whatever I have on hand.

                                bbq chicken or fish w a honey and beer glaze!

                                let me know how these turn out :)

                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                    and you know the girl ones cuz they wear tiny pink ribbons on their tiny heads.


                                1. I have a bottle of Great Divide Wildberry that needs to die, and I'm thinking the Joy of Cooking's beer bread might be a good way to go (oats!).

                                  1. As soon as I saw the title of your post, I though, hmmm must be Leinie's Berry Weiss. I thought it was really good when I was 18, uhumm, 21. Proud to be from Milwaukee!
                                    Not sure how to cook with it though.