I've brewed about 15 batches at home. Grain and malt extract type, but I want to step it up to the full grain level. I know that is where the Great beers are made. My beer taste changes with the seasons.
This is a tough question. My favorite cheap beer is Pabst Blue Ribbon. I'm a big fan of LongHammmer IPA by RedHook, but I guess that is b/c it's in my fridge at the moment. In the winter I love stouts and porters, summer is lighter stuff, and fall/spring seem to be ambers or reds. I don't really have one single favorite beer.
Congrats South Carolina! The State House just approved the so called "Pint Bill" that will allow breweries to sell 48 ounces of beer to a person every 24 hours. No more tiny samples if you're wanting a pint - as long as the Governor signs the bill.