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Cooking with Homebrew – Cody’s Bipa Beef Stew

Last week my wife Corinna grabbed a couple bottles of my black IPA to use in her beef stew. It was more or less a test batch to see what kind of effect the homebrew had. The black IPA can be described as a combination of a stout and a standard American IPA. It has a very strong taste and will thoroughly surprise your palette. This particular batch of black IPA holds a special place with me as it was my first attempt at all grain brewing (as read about here). Well, the test batch turned out great. It was very tasty with just a hint of the homebrew that was noticeable. I’m thankful she used the bold flavor of the black IPA as opposed to a somewhat milder red ale or pilsner.

Today is another nasty, gloomy, cold day and begs for another bowl of Corinna’s stew. Thanksfully, she has obliged! And since she is sharing with me…I will share with you. She calls this recipe:

Cody’s Bipa Beef Stew

2 lbs. stew beef

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 ½ cups Black IPA

1 cup water

1 Tbsp. Hot sauce

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 cloves garlic, peeled

3 bay leaves

1 medium onion, sliced

1 shallot, sliced

1 Tbsp. salt

1 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. paprika

½  tsp. ground allspice

4 large carrots, sliced

4 stalks of celery, sliced

½ red bell pepper, sliced

½ yellow bell pepper, sliced

Heat olive oil and add stew meat, brown until beautifully marked.  Add Black IPA,  water, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 ½  hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots, red and yellow bell peppers, shallots and celery. Cover and cook 45 minutes longer.  Serve with garlic bread.

For thicker stews: combine 1/3 c. of water and 2 Tbsp. cornstarch,  separate out 1 c. of stew liquid and add to cornstarch mixture – return to stew, stirring well and cook until desired consistency

This is perfect for cold, dreary days or when you just need something that will stick to your bones. Give it a shot and let me know how it turns out. As always, don’t forget to have plenty of your homebrew around to wash it down.

Feel free to leave comments or questions. Happy brewing!


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