Beer is an important ingredient in my kitchen. Just as wine is. I use beer instead of water in many dishes.
In fact, many dishes that might lend towards stock, can be substituted with beer.
For example: I made some oven BBQ boneless pork ribs (not my favorite). I thinned down the bottled BBQ sauce with beer. I also added more to keep it lose as it was cooking. Water or stock would have never given me the depth that the beer provided. With the addition of several smashed cloves of garlic and onion browned along with the meat at the start, it turned out great.
And cold beer to drink while I cook is a must. Love beer. Love wine. Love liquor.