Champion winter beer of Britain, as judged by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Driftwood Brewery’s Alfie’s Revenge (6.5% ABV) is a cracking ale, of course, but it’s also the magic ingredient for this deliciously warming recipe.
The beer is named after a menacing stuffed squirrel that used to watch over the bar at the Driftwood Spars pub at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, Cornwall. Driftwood Spars recommends making Beef in Alfie’s with the award-winning ale, which is perfect for cooking, with a light and sweet blend of pale, crystal, brown and chocolate malt.
The Driftwood’s landlady, Louise Treseder, says: “Beef in Alfie’s is the ideal hearty warming meal and so quick and easy to do. It’s perfect to pop in the oven while you go on a long winter walk and a delicious reward to enjoy when you return.”
1 kg diced beef (shin)
1 bottle of Alfie’s Revenge
2 medium onions (sliced not diced)
1 tbsp plain flour
3 cloves of garlic
a sprig of thyme
1 bay leaf
Brown the beef in a little oil and set aside. Sauté the onion and garlic in the beef juices until soft, stir in the flour until it has soaked up all the juices, add herbs and stir in the magic ingredient – that bottle of Alfie’s Revenge. Cook on a low heat (stove or oven) for three or four hours until the beef is really tender and melting.Serve with creamy mash and seasonal greens.
• To buy Alfie’s visit www.driftwoodspars.com