Grandma's Beer Cake

2 t baking soda
2 C light or dark brown sugar
1 C margarine
2 eggs
1 1/2 C chopped pecans or walnuts
3 C sifted flour
2 C beer
1 t cinnamon
1 t allspice
1 C dates or raisins

In a large bowl, sprinkle baking soda over sugar. Cream the soda and sugar with the margarine. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Add nuts and dates/raisins to mixture ALTERNATELY with the beer (don't worry when this looks gross, it's supposed to). In another bowl, sift together the flour and spices. Add this to the beer mixture all at once and mix well. Flour and grease a 10" tube pan. Pour into pan and put into a pre-heated oven at 300 degrees. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Wait until cool before removing from pan.

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