This stew is currently in our oven and it is the third time I have made it. It is so very delicious and easy to make - most of the cooking time is inactive.
Here is the recipe: Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon You're welcome.
* I was able to find all the ingredients at our local Trader Joe's. They sell packages of beef that is already cubed although buying a beef roast and trimming it yourself isn't that difficult and a slightly more cost effective option.
* I have made it with two types of beer - Black Hart Irish Style Dry Stout and Guinness. I preferred the stew with the Black Hart (We found the beer in six packs at Trader Joe's.) and I am making it with that this time.
*Instead of cooking the cabbage in the microwave, I saute it up in the skillet after cooking the bacon. I also put in more cabbage than what they call for.
*I wasn't familiar with colcannon before cooking this recipe but I would definitely replace my standard mashed potatoes with the dish. More info on colcannon.