This Guinness beef barley soup recipe is one of my favorites. I really like the savory combination of the slow cooked beef in Guinness beer, beef stock and bacon. I discovered the original recipe online several years ago, and it turns out the recipe is from a place called County Clare Irish Inn & Pub that is located in my hometown of Milwaukee. I don’t know if County Clare’s still serves this soup because I did not see it on their online menu. I did see they have a soup of the day; maybe they serve it on certain days. Too bad for the people in Milwaukee if they stopped serving this soup; it is really that good!
I have made this soup many times over the years and have modified the recipe a few times. I tried the original recipe, but found that I preferred the soup with just the Guinness beer, so I left out the red wine. I also increased the amount of bacon. I feel you can’t go wrong with more bacon in most any recipe!
Original post date: 9-1-13