Newcastle Brown Ale is excellent, as well as Samuel Smith's.
When I brewed my own beer, my 'standard' was a brown ale similar to these, meaning on average over half of my stock consisted as a mild brown.
However, I would like to experiment, too! I always has a stout or porter on hand for those rare occasions when I would want a good piece of beef or a sausage.
Besides British beers, I'd also brew Belgian influenced beers. One of the favorites of my friends used a carmel malt base (yes, I'd crush my own grain for maximum freshness) plus juice from cherries. It was moderately hopped as well. The combination of the cherry juice provided a refreshing dryness and bouquet that was marvelous! I had a case or two of clear bottles that I would reserve just for that recipe, and store the bottles in the midst of my cellar for the needed darkness. However, the brew itself was so pretty I'd set it out for friends to look at the sparkling ruby tones.
I could brew according to the Rheinheitsgebot, as I admire the quality standard, but that also restricted experimentation. Usually my golden beers would be to a German or Czech recipe (the Czechs are highly underrated in their beers, btw!)
I also made meads and metheglins, but they were very time consuming!
My beer stuff is somewhere in a bunch of boxes in my garage...I just don't have time to get them out.
Homebrewing is a great hobby, and if I ever get the time I do mean to start attending a home brew society if I can find one here.
Besides the English types described earlier, my favorite domestic beers are Leinenkugel's (if you can get that here in the South). I do like Sam Adam's, but sometimes the Halletauer hops are a bit too brisk for my palate, and I have to be careful. Yuengling's does have a decent black and tan, but I prefer to make my own beers and mix it myself, since I used to tend bar.
And, if I'm looking at an imported beer, the one I drink at my local Irish pub here is Harp's. Tsing Tao is another excellent brew, and a special treat for me when in Chinese restaurants, as well as during the times I can't find Harp and want a non-brown brew!