I like beer. Whenever I tell people that, they are always surprised. Apparently I don’t have the look of someone who enjoys beer.


There are various theories on why I enjoy beer. My theory is that I’m used to the taste because there is a chinese dish which my mom often makes for my family. It is a chicken soup that is cooked almost entirely with beer. Among other things, it’s supposed to boost your immune system and keep you from getting cold in the winter. Anyhow, I grew up drinking it, and so when I drink beer, I just think of the chicken soup.

My parents theory is that I got used to the taste because they used to live near a brewery when I was little.  The whole town smelled of beer and my dad’s theory is that I grew up with that smell and that’s why I like beer.

Whatever the reason, I enjoy a beer every once in a while. Especially on a hot summer day. I like pretty much all beers. Except Guinness. I’ve tried it several times and I simply cannot get around the bitter taste. I’ve eaten a lot of bitter chinese herbal medicines, but even Guinness is too much for me.

Earlier this year, I found a good use for Guinness. Baking. While I hate to drink Guinness, I love the nuttiness it brings to desserts, like chocolate cake. I absolutely love the Guinness chocolate cake I made a few months ago. Since then I’ve been wanting to try Guinness brownies.

Every month Foodbuzz hosts a “24 x 24″ event. Basically 24 foodbuzz bloggers are chosen across the globe to host a meal, and all the meals take place within the same 24 hours.

For this month’s Foodbuzz 24 x 24 event, I was lucky enough to have my proposal chosen. My proposal was to host a “No Bake Dessert Party.”

I’ve been wanting to make this for a while now so I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to it. Especially since it is quite easy to put together.

I love beer breads. They take minimal effort to make and have a wonderful aroma and taste that even non-beer drinkers can enjoy. Best of all, the outcome is an actual bread without having to deal with yeast and proofing. Cheese beer bread is one my favorite variations on beer bread and this time I decided to make it even better by adding bacon bits.