I bought a six pack of Magic Hat's spring seasonal (Vinyl), and loved it so much I wanted to cook with it. Since I normally use deep, dark beers (like Guinness) to cook, and usually only for beef or vegetable stew, this was a bit of an experiment. All day, my apartment smelled AMAZING. Since I had to buy a three pound roast (the grocery store seems to only have VERY large roasts), and I'm only cooking for two people, this made a LOT of leftovers. I don't usually measure anything, so I'm guessing on a lot of this. Adjust everything to your taste. As for the veggies, I used two small white potatoes, 1/4 of a large vidalia onion, and about 1/2 cup of sliced carrots. Use what you like! The blend of spices is my usual go-to blend, again... use what you like. Recipes are made to be adapted!