Yield: makes 12 pretzels
Whisk together water, beer, yeast, and honey in the bowl of a stand mixer. Allow to sit for 5-7 minutes to activate yeast.
Attach dough hook to stand mixer. Add bread flour and salt. Mix on low speed until dough starts to come together. Add melted butter. Increase speed to medium and continue to mix for 3-5 minutes until the dough is smooth and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.
Transfer dough to a large greased bowl. Cover and allow to rest at room temperature for one hour, or until doubled in volume.
Punch dough down to remove air bubbles. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Pat and stretch dough to a rectangle about 12 inches wide and 6 inches tall. Using a dough scraper, pizza wheel cutter, or knife cut dough into 12 strips (1-inch wide x 6-inches tall). Loosely cover dough with plastic wrap.
Working with one strip at a time, stretch and roll strip until about 20-inches long. Shape into a "U" or horseshoe. Cross the two ends over each other twice, leaving a circle at the other end. Take the ends and secure to the bottom of the circle. Place formed pretzel on a lightly floured baking sheet. Keep covered while you repeat with remaining strips of dough. (See notes for recommended pretzel shaping video)
Allow shaped pretzels to rest for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F and prepare boiling mixture. In a large heavy bottomed sauce pot (dutch ovens work best), combined water and baking soda. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil.
Grease two baking sheets with cooking spray or butter and set aside. Once mixture is boiling, place 2-3 pretzels seam side down into liquid. Boil each side for 20 seconds. Strain and place pretzels seam side up onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pretzel dough.
Once all the pretzels have been boiled, generously sprinkle pretzels with coarse salt. Bake for 18-20 minutes until pretzels are golden brown all over. Remove from oven and allow to sit in pan for 3 minutes. Transfer pretzels to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy pretzels warm with mustard, beer cheese, or desired accouterments.