Despite the fact it’s only the first actual day of October, Oktoberfest has already been in full swing since last Saturday. For those of you that aren’t well-versed in German cultural events, this famed annual festival (which runs from September 22 to October 7 this year) is held in Munich, with various smaller celebrations taking place throughout the U.S. It’s a little bit about tradition, a little bit about delicious German foods, and a lot a bit about the beer. Admittedly, beer isn’t exactly a health tonic, but indulging a little bit now and then isn’t the worst thing in the world—plus you can use it to make some pretty amazing dishes. In honor of Oktoberfest, we bring you some of our favorite beer recipes.

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Beer Brats (AllRecipes)
A classic German sausage simmered in seasoned beer.

Roasted Pork Loin with Beer Sauce (Food Network)
An Oktoberfest-worthy pork dish drenched in a spicy beer sauce.

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Honey & Beer Glazed Chicken (HWTC)
A quick, simple chicken dish with a flavorful beer, honey, soy sauce and Dijon glaze. 

Chili…for an army (Rachel Cooks)
A highly adaptable, empty-the-fridge recipe for a delicious turkey and beef chili. 

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Hot & Smoky Baked Beans (Bon Appetit)
A sweet and smoky side dish that marries beer and barbecue sauce.

Beer Cheese Soup (How Sweet It Is)
A cheddar and colby jack cheese soup base with beer and bacon. Omg, yum.

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Leg of Lamb “Black & Tan” (Bon Appetit)
A hearty lamb roast with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter.

Cherry Lambic Brownies
(Oh My Veggies)
Beer and fruit-filled brownies that mimic the flavors of a classic German black forest cake.

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Stout Floats with Cocoa Syrup (Bon Appetit)
Another beer-chocolate combo, this time in beverage form. Can’t even pretend this one is healthy, but you can use frozen yogurt and fat-free whipped topping to cut some calories.

Spiced Pumpkin Ale Breakfast Bread (The Smart Kitchen)
The perfect fall beer bread recipe…AND you can bring it to the breakfast table!

Head on over to Delish for traditional Oktoberfest recipes, or check out Travel Freak to read about the 5 Strangest Foods at Oktoberfest in Munich.

Have you ever been to an Oktoberfest celebration? What was your favorite dish…or beer?

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