Dredge beef chunks in flour, smoked paprika, kosher salt, brown 'em.
Add onions, fennel, carrots.
Deglaze pan with a brown ale, reduce.
Add dried cherries and apricots.
Deglaze again with red wine.
Put in slow cooker, top up with beer/wine/veggie stock, cook forever on low.
Finish with more wine (to brighten), a bit of red wine vinegar, season to taste.