A tasty late-night treat or party food essentially made of chunks of deep-fried pizza dough invented in DeKalb, IL mostly for broke students from Northern Illinois University. It's usually served with a dipping side of marinara or pizza sauce, but can also be served with a cheese or garlic butter sauce or sprinkled with or dipped in cinnamon-sugar.
The one constant at NIU.
Guy 1: "Dude, I'm so wasted
Guy 2: "yeah, Let's get some food."
Guy 1: "I'm almost broke"
Guy 2: "Let's get some beer nuggets then."
PartyGuy: "Hi, I'm from another school, what's that?"
NIUGirl: "Beer nuggets."
PartyGuy: "What's 'beer nuggets'?"
NIUGirl: "What? You've never heard of 'beer nuggets'?"