20 Ways to Harness the Power of Beer (Besides Drinking It)

Learn why you should be taking baths in this bubbly brew and more.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,

12. Steam Clams
Replace half of the usual water in the steamer pot with beer, and bring to a boil. Steam until the shells open, then enjoy the flavor the beer lends.

13. Fluffier Pancakes
Beer’s carbonation and yeast can help make pancakes airy yet thick. Simply swap in beer for a bit of the milk or water called for in the recipe.

14. Boozy Watermelon
Cube a watermelon, place in a bowl, then pour beer on top. Let it marinate for an hour or two at room temperature. Then thread onto wooden skewers, cover, and freeze for at least 1 to 2 hours. Enjoy frozen.

Health And Beauty

15. Get Bounce from Beer
Beer acts as a clarifying agent to remove product buildup, plus it infuses hair with protein and B vitamins. Mix 3 tablespoons of your favorite brew with ½ cup warm water, and rub into your hair after shampooing. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing out and reaping the bounce. Bonus: It also helps prevent dandruff.

16. Set for Shine
After shampooing and towel drying, spray beer from a pump bottle onto your hair as a setting solution. Then simply blow-dry or style. The brew will help the style hold and give your hair healthy shine. Don’t worry—beer’s scent fades quickly on hair!

17. Tame Hair on the Go
Spot wild hair in a restroom mirror? Just wet your finger with a few drops of beer and casually slick it down. This little tip works great for unruly eyebrows, too.

18. Bathe in Beer
Beer baths have been popular in Europe for centuries. Yeast, hops, and barley offer antioxidant properties that help prevent cell damage to your skin. Translation: They fight visible signs of aging. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits can be especially helpful for those with skin conditions such as eczema or acne. Plus, the bubbles are refreshing! Just add one bottle of beer to your bath.

19. Refresh Tired Feet
If a full bath isn’t doable, treat just your feet to a beer bath. While the vitamins and compounds do their work to benefit your skin, you can simply enjoy the soothing carbonation.

20. Sleep Better
Many people swear by the sleep-inducing power of hops. But it’s the scent (not ingestion) that’s purported to be a sleep aid. To give the hops remedy a try, wash your pillowcase in beer.


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