i all around do not believe in the "beer in a can" method. My first 2 batches of beer i used a mr beer and it was O K, and was made just to see if it was something that i really wanted to look into taking up.
If this is something you would like to get into i would recommend a beginner kit like these
making a good extract brew is not much more work at all than making the MrBeer and a llittle more time involved. Figure 2 or 3 hours on brewing day start to finish (including sanitizing and cleanup afterward) and these kits will yield ~50 12oz bottles
new to brewing: http://morebeer.com/search/102141
i currently have a Double IPA (9.8% alcohol) sitting in the secondary fermenter and ready to bottle as soon as i get the ambition to take it on this weekend.
also, it would be a good idea to find someone who also brews to give you some pointers, perhaps join a local homebrew club
.pdf of basic extract brewing instructions: