Spicy Nuts and Pretzels & Ultimate Beer Lover’s Giveaway

by Erin

Learn the secrets for all your favorite bar snacks and what beers pair best with them with the new Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour Cookbook.

Beer Lover Happy Hour

From the award-winning author of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook, comes the new brew-worthy cookbook called The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour containing over 325 recipes for the best bar snacks and beer cocktails. With recipes such Spicy Friday Night Nuts and Flying Buffalo at the Tap Pizza, you will discover the tricks to making the usual favorites and some fun new finds. Every bar snack also comes with pairing suggestions to maximize the experience for your taste buds. And today I am happy to have this boozy cookbook take a pit stop on my blog complete with an “Ultimate Beer Lover’s Oktoberfest Celebration Giveaway” which includes:

  • 1 signed copy of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour by John Schlimm
  • 2 Humane Society of the US T-shirts (1 male M, 1 female M)
  • Lucky Brand Jeans Gift card for 1 free pair of jeans
  • 6 Straub Brewery Pilsner Glasses
  • Coleman soft cooler with hard liner (red)
  • Weber Barbecue Apron, black
  • 1 OXO Steel Bottle Opener
  • Set of 2 wooden snack bowls
  • Set of 4 wooden coasters

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post.

Spicy Friday Night Nuts

Before you run off to enter to win that beer-ific prize pack check out these nuts! In addition to being a quick recipe to throw together, I already had all the ingredients on hand. Talk about some last call happy hour snacking. If you are feeling daring there are recipes for making your own margarine and worcestershire sauce (recipes included at the bottom) but I just stuck with the store-bought stuff. I also used the oven method for preparing this recipe, giving it a nuttier flavor, but it can also easily be made in your microwave.

Need more snacks? I’ve also included the recipe for some Hippie Cayenne Sourdough Pretzels. Grab a beer and enjoy!

One year ago: Baked Apple Cider Oatmeal

Two years ago: Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Pancakes


Pair with: Kölsch, Oktoberfest, Bock

Makes 4 cups


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted margarine (use recipe below or store-bought margarine)

4 cups pecans, almonds, unsalted peanuts, and/or walnuts

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (use recipe below or store-bought Worcestershire sauce)

2 tsp Tabasco sauce, or more to taste

1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground mace

1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning, or to taste


  1. Place the margarine in a 2-quart microwave-safe or oven-safe pan. Melt either in the microwave or over medium heat on the stove, and then stir in the nuts of your choice. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well.
  2. Microwave the mixture on high for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes. Or for a toastier flavor, spread the mixture on a baking sheet, and run the sheet under a hot broiler for 4 to 6 minutes, stirring once.
  3. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store the nuts in an airtight container lined with paper towels for up to a week.



Pair with: Oktoberfest, Pale Lager, Pilsner

Makes 4 cups


1 cup (2 sticks) margarine (use recipe below or store-bought margarine)

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (use recipe below or store-bought Worcestershire sauce)

1 Tbsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp onion powder

1 Tbsp dry mustard, or to taste

2 tsp mace

Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime

1 (1 oz.) packet dry vegetable soup mix

2 dashes Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce or Tabasco sauce, or more to taste

1 tsp molasses

8 droplets liquid smoke, or to taste

20 oz. sourdough pretzels


  1. Preheat 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the margarine in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, mace, lime juice, vegetable soup mix, hot sauce, molasses, and liquid smoke. Heat until just bubbly.
  2. Using tongs, dip the pretzels in the mixture, one at a time, coating them completely, and place them on the baking sheet. Let the pretzels rest for 15 minutes, then bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Turn off the oven, and let the pretzels cool there thoroughly, for 90 minutes or so. Serve the pretzels or store them in an airtight container lined with paper towels for up to a week.



Makes 4 cups


16 oz. coconut oil

1-1/2 cups canola or sunflower oil

1 cup full-fat coconut milk

2 Tbsp smooth Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp ground turmeric

2 tsp salt, or to taste


  1. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of a sturdy, medium-size saucepan. Prepare an ice water bath in a vessel large enough to hold the saucepan.
  2. Add the coconut oil, canola oil, coconut milk, mustard, turmeric, and salt to the saucepan, stirring well. Bring the mixture to 125°F over medium heat, then transfer the pan to the ice water bath, and continue to stir until the mixture firms up. Transfer the mixture to a container with a screw-on lid. Cover and refrigerate the mixture. The margarine will keep for about 2 weeks.



Makes 1 cup


2 cups cider vinegar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook and reduce the mixture by half, about 20 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, and let cool completely before using. The sauce will keep in a tightly covered container, refrigerated, for 2 to 3 months.

Source: Reprinted with permission from The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour by John Schlimm

The giveaway will run from October 1 to November 7. US and Canada only.

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Author John Schlimm is a member of one of the oldest brewing families in the United States, Straub Brewery. Schlimm is the author of several books, including The Straub Beer Cookbook, The Cheesy Vegan, and The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook (awarded “Best Beer Book in the U.S.” and “Best Beer Book in the World” by Gourmand International).

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Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this cookbook. Giveaway provided by Sourcebooks. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Sandra Garcia November 3, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Mmm Alexander Keith’s

Elizabeth Vlug November 3, 2014 - 6:18 pm

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SueSueper November 2, 2014 - 8:15 pm

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Bailey Dexter November 2, 2014 - 4:25 pm

I love a cold Heineken, but I am always open to trying new ones every time we are out!

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Brandon October 30, 2014 - 2:20 pm

I like Heineken the best

Ami B October 27, 2014 - 9:38 pm


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I love root beer- everyone else love Molson.

spiffycookie October 27, 2014 - 10:17 am

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Fan R October 24, 2014 - 9:15 am

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ann October 23, 2014 - 12:06 pm

My fav is Shipyard

lori b October 22, 2014 - 12:29 pm

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Rosa Grigsby October 19, 2014 - 4:18 pm

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Wendy hutton October 19, 2014 - 11:53 am

haven’t had a beer in a long time but used to like Labatt Blue

Suzie M October 17, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Molson Canadian for me

tanyab79 October 17, 2014 - 10:14 am

I’m a Molson Canadian girl.

Jonnie October 17, 2014 - 9:42 am

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Karine October 16, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Tough questoin, but I like the Beau’s beer (from Vankleek Hill, Ontario)

nicolthepickle October 16, 2014 - 4:34 pm

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lucy October 15, 2014 - 1:59 pm

I like St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale

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Jennifer H. October 14, 2014 - 8:41 pm

I love Bell’s Oberon.

Vera K October 14, 2014 - 7:13 pm

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susan October 13, 2014 - 10:50 pm

On a hot sumer night I can definitely go for a heinekin. during the fall, I like the pumpkin ales.

roger simmons October 13, 2014 - 2:59 am

I like Heinekin

Tina L. October 12, 2014 - 9:43 pm

honey ale

karen October 12, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Anything from Anderson Valley Brewing!

Elin October 12, 2014 - 2:32 pm

That’s tough because it depends on the season. In the summer I tend to drink more IPAs. But come winter, I’m drinking darker beer. If I had to pick just one, I do like a good brown ale or stout, especially a bourbon stout.

Brenda Haines October 10, 2014 - 8:48 pm

I enjoy a good pale ale.

Karla Sceviour October 10, 2014 - 2:38 pm

I don`t drink beer,but my hubby likes Molson Canadian, and Bud

Jenny S October 10, 2014 - 8:35 am

I love Curious Traveler Shandy

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) October 10, 2014 - 8:28 am

Gosh girl this looks so fantastic. The perfect snack!

Mark V. October 9, 2014 - 9:27 pm

I discovered a local micro brewery that makes a great grapefruit infused beer. its called pink fuzz by beyond the pale

SUMMER PLEWES October 9, 2014 - 9:24 pm

I am a Corona gal!

barbara n October 9, 2014 - 7:52 pm

I love Stella Artois Lager‎

Ann October 9, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Sam Adams

Susan October 9, 2014 - 7:09 pm

It is very difficult to choose a favorite beer because I like so many. I think I’ll go with Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA, which literally knocks your socks off (it is 15-20% ABV)… :-)

This is a fabulous giveaway!

Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating October 9, 2014 - 6:05 pm

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Tabitha October 9, 2014 - 2:55 pm

I prefer Corona!
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Sharana @ Living THe Sweet Life Blog October 9, 2014 - 10:02 am

WHAT THE HECK – you MAKE YOUR OWN MARGARINE … Erin, you’re one impressive woman!! Great recipes, as usual :)

spiffycookie October 9, 2014 - 10:34 am

Hahaha oh no I did not actually make the margarine, I used store bought. I just provided the recipe in case someone was bold enough to try! But I do want to sometime. I hope you still think I’m impressive ;-)


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