I am a sucker for wheat beers. I've always enjoyed the Pyramid Hefeweizen, but I try to buy local as much as possible. I really like the Odell brewery's offerings (out of Fort Collins), especially their Easy Street.
I do like a good New Belgium beer- I had been drinking exclusively Fat Tire and Two Below, but hat tip to Bugo for pointing me towards Abbey and Trippel. Those are quite good as well.
I also like Moose Drool from Grand Teton Brewing, and anything from Deschutes up in Oregon is good.
I'm not a porter/stout fan, but any IPA or wheat beer is quite good.
If I'm going cheap, I still love a good Budweiser or Corona out of a bottle. As far as light beers, I'll only touch Coors Light.
Yeah, if I do drink any alcohol it'd prolly be something like Mike Hard Lemonade. I've heard that's good. I know someone who took Vodka to school. Didn't end well.... But he's still alive, so he didn't do anything too stupid... At why should 18 yo's be able to drink? I mean they already do it and look at how a lot of them end up. Dead. Every year after HS graduation there's at least one death from people (from a suburb of Angelo) drinking and driving (underage). So I think we have a long way to go until we see 18 being our legal drinking age.. That's just my opinion.
I'm for lowering the drinking age. My reasoning for that is I have noticed that since turning 21, I drink a LOT less. It becomes less fun to drink 11 beers at a time when you discover you can have 1 or 2 after dinner and beers become relaxing. Half of the fun of underage drinking was the slight rush from the illegality involved and the unfortunate social boost you get from being the underage kid who could get beer. Before I was 21, I'd drink 10 at a time or so once or twice a week. After turning 21, I drink roughly 1 or 2 every other night and up to 5 or 6 on weekends. I enjoy being hammered a lot less, and being able to know I can get hammered whenever I want makes it less appealing (there's a psychological term for this, but I'm not sure what it is).
I don't attribute the change in behavior to magically becoming more mature within a week of turning 21, I attribute it to the fact that alcohol stopped being special.
I also, and I'm not proud of this, used to drink and drive while in high school. My reasoning was this: my parents were unrealistic about underage alcohol consumption and I would have been in huge trouble if I got caught drinking. If I spent the night somewhere, it would be assumed I was drinking, so that was a no-go. In my mind, the only way I could drink and party with friends and not make my parents mad was to risk driving home. The risk of a DUI was worth less to me than my parents wrath. Stupid decision, for sure, but that's the way my brain worked (and I know I wasn't the only one in that boat). It helped that I lived in the middle of nowhere and never once saw a police officer while driving intoxicated. When I turned 21, it magically became okay for me to spend the night or otherwise act safely when at home with my parents, so I stopped altogether. Their concern was legality- if the drinking age were 18 or 16, they would have been cool with me drinking and encouraged me to act safely.
I'd say that the one thing I've gotten from that is that regardless of what the law is, when I raise my own kids I will be realistic about underage drinking. I certainly won't encourage the behavior until it starts, but if and when it starts I will be drinking with my kids to show them how to do it safely and responsibly. If they tell me they are drinking at a party, I will happily go pick them up without any questions asked or punishment involved. Heck, if they want to have a party at my house with me there being able to supervise, I'd rather have that happen then a bunch of high schoolers getting wasted up in the mountains like I did. I'm a firm believer in supervision and education- punishment is completely ineffective when it comes to high schoolers drinking. If they want to drink, they'll drink. Better to get it out of the shadows. If that ends up landing me in a jail cell, so be it.