My wife has brewed beer for us before, and it's turned out great. It wasn't carbonated, but I actually considered that a good thing.
My Mom makes great homemade wine -- it usually has more alcohol content of table wine, and is made from stuff around the farm (berries, dandelion, etc). I always get the sample the latest batch when I visit (which hopefully will be soon). Rather tasty and packs a punch at the same time