Recipe By: Betty Crocker's Working Woman's Cookbook with a Couple Changes by me. I have made this quite often over the last 20 years. Everyone that has tried it, LOVES it! This has an awesome blend of flavors! I don't like beer to drink at all, but I do love it in cooking. It's a great meat tenderizer and adds a unique flavor to the gravy along with the bacon and brown sugar. One of my favorite meals in cold weather. NOTES : TO MAKE INTO A STEW:. Use 2 to 3 lbs. lean stew beef, lightly coated with braising flour and browned in the bacon grease. Continue with the rest of the recipe as directed until time to make the gravy. When making the gravy, stir in the flour and water mixture and cook until thickened. Serve stew as you would any stew. This is great with a nice crusty bread to soak up the gravy.