Two weeks after St. Patrick's Day, and I've still got 3 bottles of Guinness languishing in the refrigerator. The freezer is also starting to get a bit full, roadwork on I-65 South is ruining my daily commute, and the forecast called for crappy rainy weather today (note: it never did rain). Basically, it's the perfect day to cook dinner in the Crock Pot!
As with most slow cooker recipes, this one just takes a few minutes of prep work in the morning. Nothing beats coming home from work to a house smelling richly of stew and knowing you don't have to cook anything, and it sure beats running through a drive-thru for dinner.
If you don't have Guinness, don't worry. Pretty much any beer will work with this recipe, so just use what you've got. I used my remaining Guinness solely to get rid of it since I don't drink it.