We usually do corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot (although I see us doing more lamb stew in the future), and this year I produced my favorite to date, if I do say so myself. One flat cut corned beef brisket, drained of juice and rinsed, rubbed with "beef" grill seasoning, placed in the crock pot fat side up, pour on 1 bottle fo wheat ale, season with spice packet packaged with the brisket, top with sliced onion, throw in two smashed garlic cloves, put on low for 5 hours; put in carrots, potatoes and celery, one hour later added a small cabbage cut into wedges. The result, tender, moist, richly and roundly flavored, and the vegetables good on their own terms.
With it drank a Leffe Brown Ale (Belgian, not Irish, sorry - it's what I had on hand), and my wife made our stand by sour cream soda bread (wonderful stuff, would eat it any time of the year).
"The sun, with all those planets revolving about it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else to do"
(avatar: me next to the WIYN 3.5 meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory)