Brown Ale Lapskaus (Norwegian Stew)

Scandinavian cuisine, it is not actually an oxymoron. Having a Norwegian mom, I was occasionally treated to good Norski food. In this recipe for lapkaus, we take a traditional recipe (like most stews there are multitude of variants), and add Bufflehead Brown Ale from Flathead Lake Brewing. This resulting slow-cooked stew is rich and savory, perfect for warming the belly on a cold winter night.

Brown Ale Lapskaus

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Brown Ale Lapskaus

Brown Ale Lapkaus - ready to eat


  • 12 oz. Bufflehead Brown Ale
  • 1 lbs. beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 turnips, cubed
  • 4 Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups sauerkraut
  • 3 cups beef stock


  1. Rendered the bacon in a large pot
  2. Add beef and brown in batches
  3. Add brown ale and beef stock
  4. Add the chopped vegetables
  5. Bring to a simmer
  6. Cover the stock pot with a tight fitting lid and let it simmer gently for 2½ hours, but don't stir too often otherwise the vegetables will turn to mush
  7. Add drained sauerkraut and stir
  8. Skål