Over at Virtual Potluck, we love our drinks and cocktails! Be it a non-alcoholic Pumpkin Spice Latte by Farmgirl Gourmet, a Creamy Hazelnut & Rum cocktail by Donna of Cookistry, or a Red Wine & Cherry Spritzer by Not Rachel Ray, we love any liquid libations.

So when we were contacted by The Lewis Bear Company to review a few of their beers, we were were pretty excited to drink up! Check out the links at the bottom of this post to visit other blogs and see what they made with the beer. The Lewis Bear Company is a beverage distributorship founded in 1876 that holds the regional franchise for Anheuser-Busch. The company is headquartered in Pensacola and maintains offices in DeFuniak Springs and Panama City. The current president is Lewis Bear, Jr.. –Wikipedia Page

With my beer, I decided to make a unique side dish by infusing jasmine rice with beer. It’s a perfect side dish for a quick weekday dinner, and you can make it for special occasions by adding some chopped roasted red peppers.

Victory Brewing Company’s Headwaters Pale Ale 
Tasting Notes from the company: This firmly crispy and aromatically arousing pale ale integrates a softly supportive malt base with underlies streams of herbal hop complexity.


Spicy Beer Rice

This is the  perfect side dish to your tailgating dishes! Add it to quesadillas, wrap it up in a breakfast burrito or toss it with cheese and ground beef to make a rice casserole dish!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup jasmine rice
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 cup Victory Brewing Company's Headwaters Pale Ale*
  • season with: salt pepper and red pepper flakes


  • Heat the olive oil in a medium sized pot and add rice and Sriracha.
  • Saute until rice is coated with oil and hot sauce.
  • Add beer and lower heat to medium low until 90% of the beer evaporates.
  • Fluff with fork and cover pot for another 10 minutes, until all the beer has been absorbed.
  • Serve as a side dish to soups, proteins, etc.
  • *Note: Bottle of beer has enough for one cup plus a shot of beer for the cook!
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Marnely Murray

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Disclaimer: Lewis Bear Company provided the beer to develop this recipe, but as always, my opinions are 100% based on my personal testing. 

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  1. I wanted to see if it would be possible to share your recipe for Spicy Beer Rice on CraftBeer.com? One of the main goals of this Brewers Association website is to elevate the status of craft beer and bring it back to the dinner table through pairings and as an ingredient in food.

    I would create a post similar to this one: http://www.craftbeer.com/pages/beer-and-food/recipes/recipes-list/show?title=sweet-potato-brown-ale-fries and include you bio/photo and link to Cooking with Books. Please let me know what you think!

    Brewers Association
    Web Editor

  2. Looks good enough to drink. Um, I mean eat. Love the shot left for the cook.

  3. Your on to something here my friend!!! I love beer, and I love rice, LOL!!! YUM-O:-) Hugs, Terra

  4. I’m not a huge beer fan, but I’m very intrigued by using it in rice. Great idea!