I already had the Sam Adams Oktoberfest brew in my home so that was a nice bonus. I used about 3/4 bottle and swigged the rest. Although I didn't use the sage or thyme, I did use a bunch of other freeze-dried spices I had in my cupboard: parsley, oregano, rosemary, basil -- why not host of circus of flavors instead? With minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, I threw it all in the crock pot over the chicken breasts bathing in beer. Yes, I am guilty of using (no-prep) boneless, skinless chicken breasts too. It cooked for about 4 hours.
The result: As one New Jersey Housewife would say, "Fabulicious!" Super tender, yummy chicken made easy. I tossed in some red potatoes and brussel sprouts midway thru cooking and those were beerlicious as well. But the secret weapon not related at all to this recipe: FETA. I found some feta crumbles in the back of my fridge and sprinkled it over everything for a fetalicious, delicious meal!