This chicken was extremely juicy, even the white breast meat and you could distinctively taste the beer flavor all the way through the meat.
Use any kind of beer you like.. the cheap stuff will work perfectly. I usually use Shiner Bock when I use beer in recipes and it works great.
Yes, you can use something besides beer if you like and it will still be super juicy and flavorful. Some things that work well are:
Cherry Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper, Root beer, fruit nectar, apple cider, sparkling grape juice, buttermilk, etc.
If you are not able to smoke at the higher temperature I recommended, it will take longer for the chicken to get done. At normal smoking temperatures of 225-240°F, the chicken pieces will take around 2 hours to reach 165°F.