You all were cracking me up with your approval of my reward beers! Growing up in Wisconsin, as I did, and having an English parent (the aforementioned mum), I was raised to know and appreciate my beers and my cheeses. Such is my love for beer that whenever people tell me they don't like beer, I'm galvanized in my belief that they have only tried bad beer (Miller? Bud? I'm talking about you here.)
Now, some people really like "challenging beer"--the super-bitter or super-hoppy stuff. Me, I mostly go for the easy-drinking ambers and browns. On a hot day, I'll grab a lager.
My favorite's these days are...
amber: Bell's Amber (This is also the beer that I give to people who claim that they don't like beer.)
brown: Bell's Brown (Bell's is a Michigan brewery, but they do have some distribution in the midwest and the south.)
lager: Trader Jose (Trader Joe's Mexican beer)
ale: Spotted Cow (only available in Wisconsin)