Guinness Beef Stew
Beef stew has a comfort quotient that few dishes can match. Can it be improved upon? With the addition of Guinness, the Irish would say yes.
Why This Recipe Works
We chose beef chuck for our Guinness beef stew recipe for its beefy flavor and its succulent texture after braising. Using Guinness as the sole liquid for braising produced an overly bitter stew that lacked backbone. We found balance in using just one 12-ounce bottle of Guinness along with some chicken broth (beef broth gave the stew unpalatable tinny notes). We saved a small amount of the beer for stirring into the Guinness beef stew recipe just before serving because we found that this late infusion put an accent on the malty flavor.