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Craving a spice of Irish in your food for St. Patrick's Day? Here's how to beef up your next dish by adding some Guinness brew to your stew!

Beef stew, brownies, and bread: Taste all these Guinness recipes today

Happy St. Patrick’s day! 🍀 Whether you’re cooking up a corned beef & cabbage meal for the fam or sadly eating a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal alone, we’re all looking for a way to celebrate the Irish holiday of leprechauns, luck, and – most commonly – liquor. Or, more accurately, downing a six-pack of beer with the buds. 

What better beer is there to guzzle than the dark Irish stout Guinness? The heavy-bodied ale is as strong & dry as they come – a favorited brand for beer lovers. If you want to step your Guinness love up a notch, you have to try dumping some of that brew in your stew! Infusing Guinness into a recipe can beef up your recipe with an amazing kick you’ll be head-over-heels for. 

Even if you’re not a huge fan of beer, a touch of that rich bitter taste can give a dish a unique & exciting twist. Not only are these recipes perfectly festive for St. Patrick’s day, but they’re magically delicious! (Without being Lucky Charms cereal.) From Guinness beef stew to cheese fondue, these recipes will give you the spice of Irish you’re craving. 


Guinness beef stew

A good Guinness beef stew is a classic Irish recipe to add to your cookbook. This hearty stew recipe derived from Gimme Some Oven will warm your insides and make you feel happy & satiated.



1 (12 ounce) bottle Guinness beer, 3 pounds beef roast in bite-sized pieces, 4 cups beef stock, 1 large white or yellow onion, 3 large carrots, 1.5 lbs. potatoes, 1/3 cup flour.


3 tablespoons tomato paste, 4 cloves garlic, 1 bay leaf, salt & pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, 2 tablespoons olive oil.


  1. Heat up 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pot and add the beef roast chunks. Cook until seared, turning them everyone thirty seconds or so. Remove from heat & repeat until all beef is cooked. Season with salt & pepper.  
  2. Dice the onions & garlic cloves. Add the onion to the pot to saute for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add garlic and saute for one minute, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Mix in the flour and evenly coat the onions, cooking for a minute. Gradually add the Guinness and beef stock. Then stir in chopped carrots & potatoes, cooked beef, tomato paste, bay leaf, and thyme.
  4. Cook until the stew reaches a simmer. Then cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Let it simmer for an hour and a half, stirring occasionally until the beef is tender and the potatoes are soft.
  5. Remove the bay leaf, season with salt & pepper, and serve it up! 

Guinness chocolate brownies

Do beer brownies sound gross? Don’t worry even for a second – these rich, decadent chocolate treats are the perfect combo of fudgy, cakey goodness with only a small boozy kick. This recipe from Life, Love, and Sugar is sure to make your taste buds sing. 



1/4 cup vegetable oil, 3/4 cup Guinness Stout beer, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup salted butter, melted & cooled, 2 eggs, 1 cup flour, 2/3 cup cocoa.


5 oz semi sweet chocolate chips, 2 tbsp salted butter, 2 tbsp Guinness, 1/4 cup powdered sugar.



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 9 square baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Mix oil, Guinness, sugar, and vanilla extract together in a bowl.
  3. Add butter & eggs and mix until well combined.
  4. Combine flour & cocoa in another bowl.
  5. Gradually add dry ingredients to egg mixture until well combined.
  6. Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for thirty-five to thirty-eight minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow brownies to cool.


  1. Place chocolate chips, butter, and Guinness into a microwave safe bowl and heat until Guinness gets hot and butter melts.
  2. Whisk together chocolate mixture until smooth, microwaving for a bit longer, if needed in thirty second increments.
  3. Add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.
  4. Pour ganache over brownies and spread into an even layer.
  5. Cut into bars & serve!

Guinness brown bread

Are you hungry yet? Prepare to get hungrier. This brown bread from the Food Network is a creative way to get the rich hopp-y flavor of Guinness in a delicious bite of bread.


1 bottle Guinness at room temperature, 1 cup oats, 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 cup buttermilk, 5 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combine the oats, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together the beer, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla in a separate bowl. 
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Stir the batter from the middle of the bowl to the outside, with your fingers until it’s well mixed. It should resemble cake batter more than bread dough.
  5. Brush a 9x5x2 1/2-inch loaf pan with melted butter. Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle the top with oats. 
  6. Put the bread in the oven, turn the temperature down to 400 degrees, and bake for forty-five minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn the bread out onto a baking rack and allow to cool completely. 
  7. Slice & serve warm with butter!

Guinness & cheddar fondue

We’ll end our list with our personal favorite way to enjoy that special beer flavor. This genius Guinness & aged cheddar fondue recipe that comes from Steamy Kitchen is an absolute delight.



1 pound good aged cheddar, grated, 2 2/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 8 ounces Guinness stout, 6 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed, 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons olive oil.

Food to dip

Apples, broccoli, cauliflower florets, boiled potatoes, cubed ham, baby carrots, toasted baguettes, pigs-in-blankets.


  1. Toss grated cheese with the flour. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil & garlic to a fondue pot or medium saucepan. Fry garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  2. Turn heat to medium-high. Add Guinness, apple juice concentrate and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to boil. 
  3. Add cheese a little at a time, stirring constantly until fondue is smooth & melted. Thin with more Guinness, if needed throughout the meal. Season with salt & pepper.

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