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Brewmaster's Beer Stew
(Bryggerens Pilsnergryde)

This is an old Danish recipe from 1870 - 1880. Originally it was made of smoked fat instead of bacon and vinegar instead of Worcestershire sauce.


  • 10 ounces smoked bacon
  • 1 pound cooled, boiled potatoes
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup non-sweet beer
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 to 10 juniper berries
  • Salt and pepper
  • Finely-chopped parsley (for garnish)


  1. Cut bacon into dices and the potatoes into slices.
  2. Melt butter in a pot and add the sugar.
  3. Add bacon and fry until the meat is light brown.
  4. Add the potatoes, beer, Worcestershire sauce and a little water and stir lightly.
  5. Add the bay leaves, juniper berries and a little salt and pepper.
  6. Et the stew simmer under cover for 20 minutes.
  7. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  8. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

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