America's Test Kitchen

Beef and Beer Stew

Beef, beer, and onions have a natural affinity-it's one reason burgers and onion rings are on the menu at nearly every sports bar. In a carbonnade, the heartiness of beef melds with the soft sweetness of sliced onions in a lightly thickened broth that is rich, deep, and satisfying. We aimed to create the very best version of this cold-weather favorite.