Don't let your beer snob friends fool you: Unless you're born into a brewing family, it takes a while to amass any amount of beer and brewing knowledge. If you spent your formative beer-drinking years getting your hands on the cheapest 30-packs in the supermarket pile, a broader beer education can get a bit daunting.
If you know someone who likes the different beers you've been passing them, but is still overwhelmed when they get out of familiar taproom and 12-pack territory, it might be worth sending them to Beer 101. For $15, you can enroll a friend or relative in a one-hour online beer course offered by the Brewers Association craft beer industry group that touches on the basics -- what's typically in a beer, what's the Standard Reference Method (and what does it mean for your beer's color) and how many International Bitterness Units are too many?
You'll get audio lessons from brewers including Jim Koch of Boston Beer (SAM)