Contest Seeks Creative Recipes Using Beer

Got a great recipe that can be made even better when flavored with beer? It could be worth a trip to paradise.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association is hosting its inaugural "Cooking With Beer Challenge" to find the best recipe in the country featuring brew. The competition will award a seven-day expense-paid trip to the Golden Crown Paradise and Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico, to the first-place recipe, and a $1,000 cash prize to the second-place finisher.

Amateur cooking aficionados from across the country have a unique opportunity to make their original recipe famous. Beer is the only required ingredient in the recipes, which may be for any type of dish: appetizers, soups, entrees, baked goods.

The more creative use of beer as an ingredient, the better. Recipes should include the specific style of beer used - such as porter, stout, pilsner, pale ale, hefeweizen or lager - as opposed to brand.

Ten recipe creators will be chosen as finalists, and those cooks will receive an expense-paid trip to New York for the "Cooking With Beer Challenge" cook-off finals, scheduled for the fall of 2006.

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Complete rules may be found on the Web site,, starting Feb. 1, 2006. Entries may be submitted electronically via the site, or mailed to the National Beer Wholesalers Association, attn: 2006 Cooking With Beer Challenge, 1101 King Street, Suite 600, Alexandria, VA, 22314. Recipes will be accepted until July 31, 2006; finalists will be notified in August. - NU