I, too, consider myself to have somewhat of a experienced pallet when it comes to beer. My wife just says I'm a beer SNOB, since I'd rather drink water than one of my brother's Miller Lites.
I, personally, prefer a darker brew. I think the lightest beer I do enjoy is Corona, but only with a wedge of lime. I like Fat Tire as well.
Some of my personal favorites are:
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout
I have not, however, thought much about the whole "pairing" thing with different foods. I'm quite sure that it makes a difference, as I do know that a frosty mug of Sam Adams tastes even better depending on what I'm eating with it. BUT.....I just pretty much like drinking beer.
I'll be following this thread....! Thanks for posting!