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Photograph by Becca Dilley of Heavy Table.

"What’s the best way to deliver a beer-resistant friend or family member into the warm and loving arms of craft beer?" asks James Norton of Heavy Table. As a nondrinker my answer would be, "Lie to me and tell me it's something else," but Norton has more helpful advice. He says to steer clear of lagers and hoppy craft brews and to appeal to the personal tastes of your craft-beer newbie. His group taste tests nine beers in three categories—fruit beers, wits, and stouts—for an introduction to "the joys of craft beer." Read his group's reviews to find out which ones they would most recommend.

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