Beyond Brats: Four Slow Cooker Recipes That Feature Beer

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Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, after water and tea. Beer is refreshing in every season, and the crisp ales and seasonal brews of fall are no exception. Even in my local Harlem grocery store, the beer selection is superb this time of year, the shelves lined with dark IPAs, pumpkin ales, and new ciders.

And while I will surely never tire of the classic beer and sausage pairings lining hearty menus this time of year, I find myself wondering why we don't cook with beer more often.

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Only a few recipes in my go-to library come to mind as ones that tap the flavors of the keg, while wine plays fairly prominently in many recipes. Why does this beverage feature so prominently in our glasses, but not on our plates?

With hearty in mind, I went on a quest to find some of the best slow cooker recipes that use beer. After all, what could be better than something soaking up the sudsy goodness of beer all day long?

Here are six recipes I'm excited to rustle up in the slow cooker:

What are your favorite ways to cook with beer?

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