‘Guinness is good for you’ is a slogan that’d never make it past the Advertising Standards Authority today, but back in the 1920s it’s how the Dublin-based brewery peddled its beer. While there have been a few papers published that suggest a pint of the black stuff does actually have health benefits, it’s safe to say that the main reason we love it so much is because of its taste.
Just like those on the continent use wine to flavour their recipes, beer has been used for cooking in the UK and Ireland for centuries. Stout’s rich taste and thick, strong body makes it an amazing ingredient to work with, which is why it finds its way into stews, cakes and sauces. Simply using it in place of stock or wine is a good way to experiment with its flavour, but if you want to see how some of the best chefs and food bloggers in the UK use it, take a look at our collection of recipes below for some inspiration.
Of course, while Guinness is the most famous stout in the world, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give something different a try. There are hundreds of breweries in the UK and Ireland producing world-class stouts, each with their own unique flavour profile. You could even try making the same recipe with a couple of different bottles, just to see how they effect the final taste.