I've only brewed (draught) beer, but I've been doing it for over 35 years. My waistline is living proof.
It is just a very basic kit brewed from wort which comes in a can, add sugar and yeast, keep temperature at proper levels, just in a 30 litre (~7.5 US gallons) fermenting vessel inside an old wooden tea chest, using a heating pad except in hotter times in summer.
I've never tried to measure the alcohol content, but I would guess it is around 4%. It costs about 30 cents a longneck bottle to make (30 x 750ml bottles) a batch - it has actually got cheaper since I started!
The kits used to come pre-diluted in giant plastic casks inside a big cardboard box; you just added 4 litres of boiling water, mixed it and added yeast, and pricked holes in the top of the bag. Once I woke up in the middle of the night and realised I'd forgotten the holes... the bag was drum-tight with all the trapped CO2 and only minutes from bursting! Never made that mistake again.
I've never done it from scratch... jumping up and down on the hops, etc, whatever the purists do. It's just cheap peasant beer, but good enough for me! My friends give me stick for drinking the local West End Draught brew in cans, but I've little experience or interest in "exotic" beers, some of which I honestly don't like much (Heineken, etc).
However, I fell in love with Thomas Kemper Hefeweizen when I was in Seattle.