The first beer I thought of when I started reading your post was Pilsner Urquell. We agree - which should terrify both of us. So that's one. I also like the "hops/malt" approach for the other two, so I'd go ..... Stone IPA for the hops, especially if you can find it fresh. Third would be (and I checked to see if they have distro in your neck of the nape) ..... Founders Porter. A 12-pack of each of the three. Any leftovers will drink well for at least a little while. Good luck!