Recipe: Nitro McCarthy Stout Irish Beef Stew
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Nitro McCarthy Stout’s robust notes of roasted grain pair perfectly with red meat. This Nitro McCarthy Stout Irish Beef Stew is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day comfort food.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Servings: 6

2 tbsp olive oil
2.5 lb boneless beef chuck
3/4 tsp each salt and black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 yellow onions, chopped
6 oz bacon, diced
3 tbsp flour
1 14 oz can Nitro McCarthy Stout
4 tbsp tomato paste
3 cups beef or chicken stock
3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2″ thick pieces
2 large celery stalks, cut into 1″ pieces
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs thyme


  • Cut the beef into 2″ chunks. Pat dry then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a heavy-based pot over high heat. Add beef in batches and brown well all over. Remove onto plate. Repeat with remaining beef.
  • Lower heat to medium. If the pot is looking dry, add oil.
  • Cook garlic and onion for 3 minutes until softening, then add bacon.
  • Cook until bacon is browned, then stir through carrot and celery. 
  • Add flour, and stir for 1 minute to cook off the flour.
  • Add Nitro McCarthy Stout, chicken broth/stock and tomato paste. Mix well, add bay leaves and thyme. 
  • Return beef into the pot (including any juices). Liquid level should just cover.
  • Cover, lower heat so it is bubbling gently. Cook for 2 hours – the beef should be pretty tender by now. Remove lid then simmer for a further 30 – 45 minutes or until the beef falls apart at a touch, the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaves and thyme.
  • Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and a glass of Nitro McCarthy Stout.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Alaska Way at 49th State Brewing’s Downtown Anchorage Pub. Schedule and more info here.