Father’s Day Gift Guide for The Craft Beer Connoisseur
Father’s Day is approaching, and your dad might be a very picky craft beer connoisseur. If that’s the case, you don’t want to be that son or daughter that buys dear old dad the construction helmet that holds two cans of beer, or some cheesy personalized pint glass with a bad pun on it. As a father of two and a die hard craft beer connoisseur, check out these gifts that your craft beer loving pop will be sure to love and appreciate.
Teku Glasses – This is a very popular piece of glassware. It makes for a great drinking experience and looks great in those Instagram pictures dad is always taking. Breweries like Firestone Walker, Firestone Walker and Deschutes often have them in their respective online gift stores, here Amazon.com has a set. LINK HERE
French press and goodies – A fun new fad amongst beer geeks is to infuse beers with other ingredients like fruit, candy, nuts and coffee. The easiest way to experiment with different flavors and ingredients is to use a french press. These can be found many places like your supermarket, coffee shop and of course online. Here’s a link for online shopping, although it may be quicker for you to get one at the store. LINK HERE As for ingredients to start with, we recommend starting with some easy to obtain, not too expensive Imperial Stout or IPA and pressing in coconut, berries, sour patch kids, hazelnuts and the like. Some creations might not be that good, but some will blow your mind.
Beer of the month club membership – Beer of the month clubs have drastically improved over the years due to craft beer as a whole being better than ever. Sign up old pops up for a 6 or 12 month term in a beer of the month club, so that he can try some beers that might not be available in his home town. Our buddies at InsideTheCellar just started a very affordable club, here’s the LINK
Insulated growler bag – We live in the era of bottle sharing, and while craft beer isn’t meant to be served ice cold, it’s not fun to drink them warm or room temperature. One of my favorite accessories, which I often call my man purse, is the insulated growler bag. It’s basically a tote bag big enough to hold a half dozen bottles or a couple of growlers. Firestone Walker has one LINK HERE as does Stone Brewing Co. LINK HERE.
Beginner home brewing kit – Dad has probably had the itch to try his hand at home brewing, but there might not be a good home brewing supply store near by, or he’s just plain shy. Either way, it’s something fun to experience, and is essentially following directions and a recipe. We brewed our first batch of homebrew using a kit from Northern Brewer LINK HERE, but there are many online homebrew shops to choose from. Have Dad start out with an extract kit and work his way up to All Grain if he LOVES it.
Bottle waxing kit – If your dad cellars beer or even makes high gravity homebrew, he will love being able to wax the neck of his beer bottles. It looks sexy and provides a little bit of protection from oxygen. LINK HERE
Personalized growler – As laws are becoming less stringent regarding growler filling and growler branding, you might want to get dad a personalized growler. Maybe his name or if he’s in a club, his club logo. LINK HERE
A safe ride home – We know dad has great judgement, but just to play it safe, hook him up with some safe rides to and from his next bottle share or beer fest. Show him how to use Uber, and link your credit card to it, or get him a Lyft gift card so he has some prepaid rides. LINK HERE
A nap – After a beer festival or a bottle share, dad needs a nap. Don’t ask his tipsy ass to go out to dinner with the family or to paint the fence, let him take a nap.