Homemade Brew Stew

Brew Stew Recipe

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Homemade Brew Stew

Stew is just one of those foods that every household needs a fantastic recipe for, and this is it! I’ve been making this stew for some time now and it’s a favorite in our home. I double the batch listed below because I’ll can half of it for storage.

In this recipe, we take something very similar to that of a traditional Irish stew, and I’ve add my own twist to it using some crafted beer from a local brewery Humble Beginnings Brewing Co. we are HUGE fans of their Mad Canadian Kölsch which is a clean, crisp lagered Ale.

Don’t forget to check out my other simple and delicious homemade recipes for healthy eating!

Brew Stew

Delicious Homemade Brew Stew

A wonderfully flavorful stew that is my personal take on the traditional Irish Stew, made with beer from a local brewery in town.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Main Course
Servings 6


  • 1 Large Stockpot
  • 1 Pan
  • 1 Large Bowl


  • 2 lbs Beef stewing beef, chuck roast, blade roast, or eye of round is best
  • 6 ounces Bacon thick cut, diced
  • 2 Onions medium, yellow or red, diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 5 Potatoes firm, cut into 1" pieces
  • 3 Carrots chopped
  • 2 Celery Ribs chopped
  • 1 Parsnip chopped (optional)
  • 16 oz Mad Canadian Lagered Ale use any beer that you love
  • 1.5 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 tbps Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Spicy Pepper Medley or 1 tsp each of salt and pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1/4 cup Water


  • Cut the beef across the grain into 1-inch pieces. Sprinkle with some baking soda to coat all the pieces. Put in a bowl, cover and set in the fridge for 30 minutes. This will tenderize the meat.
  • Cook the bacon. I like to put mine in the oven on a cookie sheet at 400F for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut all the veggies into 1-pieces.
  • When the beef is ready, using a frying pan, generously brown the beef on all sides. Transfer the beef to the stock pot.
  • Add onions to the frying pan, cook until translucent. Then add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add this to the stock pot.
  • Cook all the remaining veggies in the frying pan for 10 minutes or until tender. Transfer to the stock pot.
  • Add your choice of brew and bring it to a rapid boil, deglazing the bottom of the pan (scraping up the browned bits on the bottom). Boil for 2 minutes. Then transfer to the stock pot.
  • Add the bacon (and the bacon grease to enhance the flavor), the broth, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, and the herbs and spices to the stock pot.
  • Stir to combine. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • After 2 hours, add 2 tbsp of flour to 1/4 cup of water, whisk well to remove all lumps then add it to the stew to thicken up the broth into a lovely gravy.


  • You can use any craft beer, including Guinness to make it more like a traditional Irish stew. 
  • I like to use homemade beef broth, but store-bought broth will work just fine.
  • If you cannot find Spicy Pepper Medley then you can substitute it with just salt and pepper.
  • Keeps in the fridge for up to 7 days
  • Keeps in the freezer for up to 6 months
  • Pressure can to make shelf stable for up to 2 years (or longer if you're brave enough lol)
Keyword Irish Stew, Stew

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