If I see a extract + grain kit at a LHBS that looks tasty, I usually look at the listed ingredients and buy them separately to make sure they are as fresh as can be. At a place like Midwest, I do trust that their kits are fresh, but putting it together myself is more rewarding. Also, I tend to maybe tweak the ingredients just a bit, perhaps adding a little more of this grain, less of that, etc.
Secondary: Newcastle Clone
Bottled: Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Porter, Vanilla Cream Ale, American Wheat
Party pigs: Hex Nut Brown Ale