Shrimp Boiled in Beer and Spices

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
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  • 2 pounds of shrimp (15-20 count, preferably in the shells)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 12 oz. bottle of Samuel Adams Summer Ale
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 6 drops of hot sauce
  • 1 head garlic, left whole


Wash the shrimp and set aside. Put all the remaining ingredients in a 6-quart stockpot, and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, and then add the shrimp. After the liquid returns to a boil, boil the shrimp for 5-7 minutes until they are pink and firm. Remove the shrimp and let them cool to room temperature or refrigerate. Serve on platters and enjoy.