Being a homebrewer I cannot say I have Deven, and I'm on several beer groups with a lot of posts each day, and I"ve never seen that.
But........ I have seen other recipes for battered fried fish, and other things that use beer.
I don't know about the beer replacing the yeast, but I bet the addition of a nice beer to the dough would be amazing. I haven't tried it however.
Tell us how it turns out ( grin grin grin )