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Victory Ale Pretzel Bites & a Giveaway

by Milisa on February 1, 2012

Victory Ale Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce

Welcome to the Super Bowl Cook Off with The Lewis Bear Company and Virtual Potluck!  The Lewis Bear Company is a family owned beverage distributorship founded in 1876, the regional franchise for Anheuser-Busch.  They are headquartered in Pensacola home to our very own 30AEats!  Be sure to visit for the full round up of Super Bowl goodies!

I have been a football fan since my early teenage years.  I was a Broncos fan when everyone around me were Dallas Cowboy fans.  I was quite pleased to be surrounded by Broncos fans when I moved to Wyoming.  I have to say I am especially pleased to be a Broncos fan with Tim Tebow on the team!

Even though my team didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, I will still be watching and chowing down on some mighty fine food!  Any excuse to make a bunch of appetizers is good in my book.  Today I’m sharing Pretzel Bites that I made with the Victory Headwaters Pale Ale and a super easy cheese sauce.

Victory’s Headwaters Pale Ale is described as firmly crisp and aromatically arousing pale ale integrates a softly supportive malt base with underlies streams of herbal hop complexity. 

I was pleased at how well the flavors of the ale came through in the finished pretzels.  I thought pretzel bites were well suited to Super Bowl snacking and I know that you and all of the guys at your Super Bowl bash will love them!

The fine folks at The Lewis Bear Company are providing a sweet little giveaway!

A Victory Brewing t-shirt, Budweiser t-shirt & hat along with an opener and coozie.

US entries only.  Entries will be taken through Sunday, February 5, 2012.

To enter:

Leave a comment here, tell me who you want to win the Super Bowl, if you don’t care just tell me what your favorite appetizer is.  I know you love the food even if you don’t love the football!

For additional entries:

Please leave a comment for each.

Victory Ale Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce


for pretzel bites:

1/4 cup warm water

1 tablespoon yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly

1 cup Victory Beer

1 teaspoon sea salt

3 3/4 – 4 cups all purpose flour

3 quarts of water

3/4 cup baking soda

1 egg, beaten

coarse salt for garnish

for cheese sauce:

8 oz Velveeta

2 tablespoons Victory Beer

Cooking Directions:

In a large bowl, add warm water and stir in yeast and sugar.  Let stand 5 minutes or until yeast starts to bubble.  Stir in beer, olive oil, and melted butter.

Stir in 1 cup of flour, add salt and continue adding flour 1 cup at a time.  When dough comes together and pulls away from bowl, pour onto a floured surface.  Knead dough for 3 to 5 minutes, adding flour as needed.  Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a flour sack towel.  Allow to double in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Knead dough to remove any air bubbles.  Divide dough into 8 pieces.  Roll each piece into a rope about 1 inch in diameter.  If pieces are too hard to handle, just divide them again. Cut each rope into 1 inch pieces.  Repeat with remaining dough.

Bring 3 quarts of water to boil with baking soda.

Drop about 12 dough pieces at a time into boiling water and cook about 30 seconds.  Remove with a slotted spoon onto a greased or lined baking sheet.

Brush dough pieces with egg and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until pretzel bites are golden brown.

Meanwhile prepare the cheese sauce.

Cut Velveeta into small chunks and place in a microwave safe bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons beer and cook in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.



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Sandy @ RE February 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Oh, man. These look fantastic! They almost look like donut holes! Yummy for SB Sunday!


Sandy @ RE February 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I should have read the giveaway part. I don’t really care who wins, and for SB I want to eat fairly healthy. Lots of veggies and I think on my menu will be a hearty chili (with other foods, of course). I’m following you on Twitter and FB. :) I’ll also post this on my RE FB page! :)


Janet February 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

WOW! My mouth is watering and it is 9 in the morning…can’t wait to try this recipe!


Kristy February 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Favorite appetizer is spinach dip.. homemade!


Kristy February 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I am now following on FB


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Aggie February 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I’m drooling over the pretzels and the beer cheese sauce…seriously?? can it get any better???

For SB…the former NYer in my is rooting for the Giants, but my husband things the Pats should win and honestly I think Tom Brady is way cuter than Eli, but Eli’s not that bad either….so it’s really a toss up.

I love nachos when it comes to watching football. :) Loaded with lots of peppers, salsa, cheese, onions and beans.


Athena February 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Yummy pretzel bites! I don’t really care who wins the superbowl as I don’t watch sports, but I do love food and appetizers. Spinach artichoke dip is probably one of my favs.


Athena February 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I follow you on FB.


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I follow you on Twitter @GoddessFoodie.


Rikki-Dee February 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm

The Chargers!!!


Rikki-Dee February 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

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Jeffrey February 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I don’t care who wins, just hope its an exciting game. I am a big fan of spinach and artichoke dip.


Jeffrey February 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I follow you on Twitter. By the way, what is that awesome looking dish in the background of your Twitter page?


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Angie February 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I don’t care who wins just love nachos but these pretzels sure look good.


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Nikki February 2, 2012 at 12:13 am

This is not my recipe but my favorite for Super Bowl! They guys love it….it looks difficult but it really is not.

Barbecued Shrimp

Makes 2 servings

I want to warn you right now this is fun but messy to eat! In New Orleans most people wear bibs when they eat it, because you peel your own shrimp and dip them in the sauce. And most of us soak up more sauce with our French bread.
Find this recipe and more in Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Pure Magic.

2 dozen large shrimp with heads and shells, about 1 pound
1/4 pound (1 stick), plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, in all
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Seafood Magic ®or
Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Redfish Magic®
1/2 cup shrimp stock
1/4 cup beer, unopened but at room temperature
how to prepare
Rinse the shrimp in cold water and drain them well. Pinch off and discard the portion of the head from the eyes forward (including the eyes, but not the protruding long spine above the eyes). Leave as much as possible of the orange-colored shrimp fat from the head attached to the body. Set aside.

Combine 1 stick of the butter, the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and Seafood Magic or Blackened Redfish Magic in a large skillet over high heat. When the butter melts, add the shrimp. Cook for 2 minutes, shaking (versus stirring) in a back-and-forth motion. Add the remaining 5 tablespoons butter and the stock. Cook and shake the pan for 2 minutes. Add the beer and cook and shake the pan for 1 minute more. Remove from the heat and serve immediately in bowls with lots of French bread on the side, or on a platter with cooked rice mounded in the middle and the shrimp and sauce surrounding it.

Note: If you can’t find shrimp with heads, go ahead and use headless shrimp. Your dish will still be great.

Copyright© 1995 by Paul Prudhomme


Cookin' Canuck February 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

These pretzel bites would go down perfectly with a beer on Super Bowl Sunday. What a fun treat! My husband is a long-time Broncos fan, but hasn’t managed to convert our sons (one Saints fan, one Giants fan).


RoxiPapi February 2, 2012 at 12:26 am

Patriots all the way for this New Hampshire girl! I’m so making these pretzels!


Feast on the Cheap February 2, 2012 at 12:42 am

No joke I’ve been CRAVING pretzels. I’m furious I don’t have a batch of these in front of me right now. Yum


Sally Ann Shurmur February 2, 2012 at 1:28 am

Since my team’s not in, this is a toughie to pick. We have 30-year ties to the Patriots but the Giants are my kind of blue-collar team (they also ended my team’s season, however!) Hope it’s close and the Giants win.


Erin February 2, 2012 at 1:40 am

My favorite appetizer is a warm creamy spinach artichoke dip.


Erin February 2, 2012 at 1:40 am

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Erin February 2, 2012 at 1:41 am

I follow you on Twitter (P.S. these pretzels look amazing with the cheese sauce)


Erin February 2, 2012 at 1:41 am

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Sara @ Saucy Dipper February 2, 2012 at 2:31 am

I really don’t care…but I wish I did. Super Bowl parties would be way more fun if I could get into sports. I do, however, love the apps at football parties. My favorite? A classic potato chip dip and kettle cooked potato chips.


Leanne Lee February 2, 2012 at 2:56 am

Giants! mmmmm, this looks delicious.


Maria Hronopoulos February 2, 2012 at 3:28 am

Go Pats!!! I <3 pretzels!!!!!!


Bonnie K February 2, 2012 at 3:48 am

Those pretzel bites and dipping sauce looks yummy. My favorite team didn’t make it to the Superbowl. I don’t yet know who I’m rooting for.


Bonnie K February 2, 2012 at 3:49 am

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Amanda Hulet February 2, 2012 at 4:12 am

Hey there Missy! I don’t have a favorite in the super bowl but I will be watching just the same! I plan on making a few apps and one very simple favorite is chicken stuffed jalepenos wrapped in bacon! That is my favorite app and it’s also a favorite with my family! I have subscribed via email and also have liked you on facebook! Thanks for the new recipe and enjoy your day!!!


L Zengel February 2, 2012 at 4:36 am

I don’t have a favorite for the SB ( actually a Steelers Fan)
My favorite app is my husband’s chicken wings. His are so good I can’t eat them from anywhere else now.


Tom Adair February 2, 2012 at 4:59 am

Okay, this recipe could very well be my undoing! Looks really good!


Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook February 2, 2012 at 7:03 am

Mmm these look great. I bet they are soft, not crunchy, right? My favorite. I’m not much of a football fan, even though the NY Giants (our home team) are in the Super Bowl this year. I’m a fan of the food and commercials though. I can’t decide what my favorite app is – I like them all! But if I had to choose, I’d say something buffalo :)


amy marantino February 2, 2012 at 7:50 am

the Giants


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laura bogan February 2, 2012 at 8:12 am

These look amazing!


Julie Brown February 3, 2012 at 12:11 am

Giants. Have to support our Milton boy!


Shawnarae@theholisitcwell.com February 3, 2012 at 3:37 am

I just discovered you today and am now following you in all the followable ways possible:)

I love the super bowl…but its for the food and beer! lol One of my favorite appetizers is Chicken Wings…I just dont eat them often because they are soooo messy. I do make a killer chicken wing dip that actually puts the real thing to shame;) I love dips too so this is a combo of my two faves… I hope your day is going awesomly:)



diabeticFoodie February 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

When I saw a smaller version of your photo, I thought the pretzel bites were wrapped in bacon! Sounds delish.


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

I should not have read this on an empty stomach! I want to dive into that bowl!!


moonsword February 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm

My fave appetizer is spicy hummus and veggies.


Michele P. February 5, 2012 at 6:35 am

those pretzel bites look yummy! I want the Patriots to win and one of my fave appetizers is nachos…delicious!


Angie February 6, 2012 at 4:24 am

I just finished making these and they are so delicious I’m making another batch!!


kat f February 7, 2012 at 7:46 am

favorite appetizer is bacon artichoke dip!


Jax Vig January 12, 2013 at 12:03 am

Victory Ale Pretzel Bites are off the hook!!!!! I don’t care who wins as long as there’s good food and friends around!!


Sinay S January 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

I don’t care who wins, I just watch the commercials! I always have to make lil smokies for my honey on SB. I am gonna have to try these pretzel bites this year!


Beth January 12, 2013 at 12:27 am

I’m Gluten free so I cannot have beer! But I’m going to try this recipe with GF beer. Making Chili. wings and a crudite platter with dip.


Kathy A. January 12, 2013 at 4:13 am

These look yummy! But the dip would be great with just about anything… of just on it’s own, ala Beer Cheese Soup!
And, Green Bay all the way!


Amy Elsasser February 3, 2013 at 5:50 am

Go Ravens!

Does anyone know if these are bad made fresh day of, or can they be made the day before and reheated?


Donna McAllister November 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

Actually I’m not much for football but I do hope the Eagles win. An awful lot of my friends here would be very happy and that would make me happy. The Super Bowl is the only game I watch.
And to double down – my favorite appetizer is Catch of the Day Crab Bread by Deep South Dish. I highly recommend it for any get together. Unbelievably delicious!


Kirt January 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm

what could i use as a substitute for the beer?


Milisa January 27, 2014 at 7:42 am

Chicken broth would work.


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