I do like an occasional Newcastle from a tap and my first home brew was targeting Newcastle. It's usually worthless in the bottle, though; I don't even try them.
I wonder the same thing as Danny13 - why the clear bottles? I have passed up a number of beers I'd be willing to try had they not been in clear bottle.
*Any advice above comes from a beginner*
Primary: Nottingham Apfelwein, American Wheat
Drinking: Autumn Amber
Aging: Wee Heavy
Up Next: Milk Stout
Recently Gone: Irish Red Ale