I love a good beer and I'm interested in home brewing, but I'm not sure if anywhere local to me carries the stuff I'll need. Of course, there is always the internet.
As to what's a good commercial beer? I like the following (in no particular order): Kirin, Hoegarden, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, and a bunch more but those are my favorites lately.
I've also recently invested in two bottles of Belgium Lambic beer. This stuff is pretty rare, as it comes from a valley in Belgium where the breweries (only a few of them) don't add yeast to their mix but instead let natural yeasts from the air do the fermintation. After the intial sugars are digested by the yeast, they add in fruit (usually cherries or raspberries) and then let it ferment again. I haven't tried either bottle yet (as I said, they were an investment costing $6.50 each) as I'm saving them for a special occasion (when I get a job which I hope is soon.)
Oh, and there was one other very cool beer at my local wine / beer shop. Oraveil or something like that. Another beer from Belgium (as is Hoegarden) that is made by a monastary. The monks at this monastary have been making this one type of beer since 1070, so it must be good.
Only problem is, I can't buy it in NC because this state has a stupid "beer can not contain more than 6.5% alcohol by volume" law. Supposedly this is being repealed this fall so maybe I can get some then.