Thanks for the update wild. I have a friend that has gradually eased into home brewing but I haven't talked to her about where she got her information. I will check with my LHBS for advice and to see what's available. By the way, what's your absolute favorite beer of all time? Just curious.
I hate to say it but my tastes run seasonal. The majority of the time I would rather have a Stout (oatmeal, American, or and RIS) or a Porter (robust) but seeing how it's 118°F outside, I'd change over to a Blonde (Kölsch style) or Pale ale.