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Sweet & Savory Ways To Cook With Beer For Oktoberfest

If you’re not already planning a fête for Oktoberfest, get on it! The folk festival runs this year from September 21-October 6 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany, but it’s easy to get in on the fun by throwing a beer-themed party in the comfort of your own home.

One of the easiest ways to make your Oktoberfest party feel festive and on-theme is to serve an array of beer-filled snacks (alongside actual beer). Turns out, there are tons of creative ways to cook and bake with beer, so you won’t be short on options. The recipes below are a mixture of savory and sweet. Some make great appetizers or snacks, others work as a main dish, and still others are perfectly sweet desserts. When you’re shopping for your party, go ahead and buy a little more beer than you think you need, so that you have plenty to cook with.

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Easy beer cheese dip

Every party needs some queso. During Oktoberfest, make sure yours is spiked with beer.

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Chocolate stout cupcakes

For a little something sweet, bake these malty chocolate cupcakes, which are adorably garnished with pretzels.

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Bacon jalapeño cheddar beer bread

Beer bread is a classic for a reason. There are fewer ingredients than regular bread, and no risk that yeast won’t rise.

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Beer, bacon, and potato chip cookie bars

If you’re a fan of savory sweets, these dense, salty cookie bars are for you.

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Beer-braised pot roast

If you’re feeding a crowd, this simple pot roast (braised in Belgian ale) is perfect alongside some bread or potatoes.

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Beer-braised carnitas

Tacos might not be the most obvious Oktoberfest choice, but this beer-braised pork is pretty on-theme.

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Beer-braised short ribs

Short ribs are a pricier cut of meat, so this beer-braised recipe is better for smaller parties.

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Loaded sweet potato nachos with beer-braised short ribs

If you want a truly impressive centerpiece for your snack spread, these loaded sweet potato “nachos” are full of flavor, and very colorful.

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Glazed honey-garlic beer can chicken

Beer can chicken is great on the grill, but also works in your oven.

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Soft beer pretzel nuggets

Soft pretzels are a standby at Oktoberfest. These beer pretzel nuggets deliver the same fun and flavor, without as much hassle.

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Blue Moon orange-glazed breakfast beer bread

If you don’t want to drink beer for breakfast, you can eat beer for breakfast with this sweet, pretty orange-glazed beer bread.

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Beer bread muffins

Cook up a big batch of chili, then serve these cute beer bread muffins alongside.

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Spent grain beer crackers

These crunchy, simple crackers are made with beer, flour, and spent grain or wheat germ. (Pro tip: They’re great with beer cheese.)

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Caramelized onion beer dip

This cool, creamy onion dip is perfect with potato chips, pretzels, or even veggie sticks.

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