Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Nothing says cozy like a hearty beer and beef stew. The sweet and sour Belgian ale adds major flare with flavors of plum, black cherry, and brown sugar which complements this seasonal stew for an oaky sapor.
1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon to pan; cook 5 minutes or until crisp. Place bacon on paper towels; let stand 3 minutes. Chop.
2. Sprinkle beef with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add oil to pan. Add half of beef; cook 6 minutes or until browned, turning occasionally. Place browned beef on a plate. Repeat with remaining beef.
3. Add onion, thyme, and garlic to pan; cook 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup. Sprinkle flour evenly over onion mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in stock, sugar, vinegar, bay leaves, beer, and bacon; bring to a simmer. Add beef, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until beef is tender. Discard bay leaves.
4. Place about 2/3 cup noodles in each of 6 bowls. Top each serving with about 1 cup stew; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon parsley.
Petrus Oud Bruin ABV 5.5%
Aged for two years in oak barrels, this Flemish-style oud bruin (old brown ale) walks the line between sweet and sour, and tastes like a combination of brown ale and burgundy wine. Add to that its hints of plum, black cherry, and brown sugar, and it's the perfect base--and accompaniment--for this hearty beef stew.