First, you need stew meat, bacon and a bottle of Guinness. I have only used Guinness, a stout Irish beer. It's very dark. I don't know what other ones have the same flavor as I'm not usually a dark beer person but buy a six pack, it's that good!
Now you can braise it (fry it in the pan to sear in the flavor and juices) in the bacon grease.
You can omit this step if you want to save time but if you already cooked the bacon, why not? Don't overcrowd it, you might need to do a couple pans of beef.
Press in a couple cloves of garlic, add a couple teaspoons of Kosher salt (more flavor), 1/2 t. fresh ground pepper, 2 T. Worcestershire sauce, throw in a bay leaf and 2 t. Paprika . Don't forget the crumbled bacon.
Then pour in the beer. Look at that lovely foam. YUM. Let it cook and go stamp or shop or wrap presents. You can smell that goodness. I cook it on low for about 7 hours. It was done before that but we weren't ready to eat and I was so excited to eat I forgot to take a finished picture. Trust me, it's heaven.