We’re back at it again, cooking with BEER! We made this recipe special for St.Patrick’s Day, so pay close attention if you’re looking to tune up your classic corned beef and cabbage recipe this year, we added a special ingredient for you — yes, beer. But not just any beer…

IMG_7312We wanted to pay tribute to Irish beer of course, so we grabbed our go-to Red Trolley Ale, an Irish Red Ale made by Karl Strauss Brewing Company from San Diego, CA. The caramel notes in this beer pair perfectly with our brisket and make for a mouthwatering, incredibly tender and flavor-packed dish! 

What do we love about this recipe? It’s easy to make, it feeds a crowd, and your human friends will be very impressed! Serve with some Irish soda bread or Beer Bread (click here for our recipe). And don’t stop there, grab some good craft beer to wash it all down and skip the green dye this year. 

Click here to watch our segment on San Diego CW6 TV showing you how to make this awesome recipe!

We purchased all of our ingredients for this recipe from our local Baron’s Market. A big thank you to Rachel and Mia for helping us get all we needed to make one heck of a dish. It all comes down to quality ingredients, folks!

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage with Beer
Serves 8
Celebrate St.Patty's Day with this tender corned beef and cabbage made with locally-made Irish Red Ale!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
9 hr
Total Time
9 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
9 hr
Total Time
9 hr 15 min
  1. 6 Large carrots, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces
  2. 10 Baby red potatoes, quartered
  3. 1 Onion, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  4. 1 (4lb) Corned beef brisket with spice packet
  5. 3 Cups water
  6. 18oz (1 1/2 12oz bottles) Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale
  7. 1 Head of cabbage, coarsely chopped
  1. Place the carrots, potatoes, and onion into the bottom of a slow cooker, pour in the water, and place the brisket on top of the vegetables. Pour the beer over the brisket. Sprinkle on the spices from the packet, cover, and set the cooker on High.
  2. Cook the brisket for about 8 hours. An hour before serving, stir in the cabbage and turn heat off.
  3. Serve with Irish soda bread or beer bread, and more beer!
  1. If you don't have a pressure cooker: Add all ingredients to a large pot, in the same order as above. Make sure the beef brisket is covered in liquid. Bring to a boil, then bring heat down to simmer for 2 hours over medium-low heat. Turn heat off, cover, and let sit on stove for 3 hours. Add in cabbage and let sit for another 15 minutes before serving. -courtesy of John Thorsen
Adapted from All Recipes & John Thorsen's Taditional Irish Recipe
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You can learn more about San Diego News Channel 6 on their website: http://www.sandiego6.com/ or by following them on their social media:  Twitter & Instagram. Special thank you to Lindsay Hood from San Diego News Channel 6 for helping us get this organized.


Thank you to Kiersten & ONeill at Karl Strauss for hooking us up with some beer for our test batches and TV segment. You can learn more about Karl Strauss Brewing Co. on their Website or by following them on their social media: Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.



“Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold beer and another one!” – Irish Drinking Toast



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Karla is a food lover, self-taught baker, and beer aficionado from Boston, MA now living in San Diego, CA. When not on the hunt for a new craft beer experience, Karla can be found in the kitchen cooking up delicious meals and baking sinful sweets or at a local coffee shop for her daily coffee buzz. She started home brewing in Seattle while in college in 2014 and fell in love with the craft beer scene in the Pacific Northwest and during her time studying abroad in Prague, CZ. Hoping to one day own her own specialty food shop and bakery, Karla is a huge fan of experimentation when it comes to food, drinks and sweets. Karla is also an avid backpacker, hiker, and certified yoga instructor. It is only natural that as an alien, she tries to get outdoors every opportunity she can get!

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