Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, until hot. Cook beef until browned on all sides. Transfer to a slow cooker. Reduce heat and add flour to skillet. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in broth, ale and water (adding liquid ingredients to fast coul create lumps in the sauce). Bring to boil, then pour over beef. Add remaining ingredients. Cover; cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours, HIGH 4 to 6 hours.