April 4, 2013

Beer for Everything

Posted by Treetopia in The Treetopian Lifestyle

As part of National Beer Day on April 7, here are awesome ways to make use of beer other than drinking

alcohol-2101_640According to history, beer is the oldest drink enjoyed by civilization and may even be as old as civilization itself. Beer’s history can be traced in history and literature, and the oldest proven record of beer is between 4,000 to 6,000 years ago in the poem to honor Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of brewing. However, as humans evolved, so did beer and its uses. Here are some awesome ways to use beer today:

Bake It With Cake and Eat It Too!

Nowadays, there are recipes for almost everything that can be ingested by the human body. One of the fantastic creations of the beer-loving culture is the beer bread. Making beer bread isn’t as difficult as you’d imagine. You will need the following to get started with this classic beer bread recipe shared by Bridget from Bake at 350:
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  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 12 ounces room temperature beer
  • melted butter

To begin, grease a 9×5 loaf pan with shortening and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the flour and sugar and stir. Add the beer and keep stirring until everything has fully combined.
Spoon your mixture into the loaf pan and bake for an hour.
Remove the bread from the pan immediately and place on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet. Pour melted butter on top for that wonderful glaze and added flavor as you enjoy your creation.

You can also add your own twist like this chocolate beer bread by actress Lynn Chen at The Actor’s Diet.

Stain Away

After having your fill of beer, people usually drink several cups of coffee to keep the hangover at bay. But did you know you can use beer to keep coffee stains at bay as well? It’s true that one of the most effective ways to erase a fresh coffee stain on your carpet or clothes is to pour beer over it and rub the stained spot. Don’t forget to rinse it off afterwards, though!

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Bathe and Soak in Beer

Do you love beer so much that you dream of swimming in it one day? Here’s some good news for you: Beer is good for our skin and hair. Beer has the properties of an excellent skin conditioner so you’ll feel moisturized afterwards. As a matter of fact, beer soaks are popular in Europe, particularly in Germany and Czech Republic.

Grow Plants with It

It has been found that beer is an excellent fertilizer when used in moderation. Yes, that means plants love beer as well but they can’t handle it as well as humans do. Just sprinkle a few tablespoons of flat beer on the soil and let the plants enjoy their day growing. Be careful about leaving beer lying around because pests such as mice, cockroaches, bees, wasps, and slugs are attracted to beer too, so unless you have a trap laid out for them, it’s best not to leave an open bottle or can of beer anywhere.

Primp and Polish

To give back that lovely shine to your wooden furniture or instruments, polish them with beer. Just like plants, furniture prefer flat beer so all you have to do is rub the wooden items with a beer-damp cloth and watch their natural color return with an extra shine.
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Have Fun

What’s beer night without beer-centered activities? Get your friends together and compete against each other in games like FUBAR and beer pong. The fun is endless as long as nobody surrenders or passes out, or until the beer lasts. Just be sure to take the car keys from your competing friends before you start the game so nobody gets to drink and drive on your watch.


photo by Yogma via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Celebrate one of the oldest drinks in civilization by using it for something other than getting drunk. Have a smart and fabulous National Beer Day Celebration!

Care to share some ways you use beer?

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