June 13th, 2013
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Nathan Berrong works at CNN's satellite desk and writes Eatocracy's beer column, "Berrong on Beer." He Tweets at @nathanberrong and logs beers at Untappd.

Father’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re anything like me, you’ve waited until the last minute to get that special gift. Buying gifts for the loved ones in my life is usually a challenge for me. I try to pick out gifts that are unique and surprising, but also something fitting they’ll enjoy.

I’m not very good at doing this on my own so I typically rely on gift guides to assist me and Google things like “the best gifts for antique lovers” – my go-to when shopping for my antique-collecting wife.

So, in honor of Father’s Day, I created my own gift guide for the parents out there who, like me, enjoy good beer (but unlike me, have kids).

Beer Soap
Beer has a lot of uses other than just, you know, drinking. It’s great for cooking, removing carpet stains, and oddly enough, even bathing. The folks at Swag Brewery have created a collection of beer soaps sure to please the senses of the ale-loving dad in your life. Choose from beer styles like Porter, Honey Pilsner, or the many others available on their site.

Bottle-Opener Sunglasses
Do you ever find yourself asking the question, “Why didn’t I think of that first”? That was my initial reaction when I found out about Brewsees Eyewear sunglasses. These bottle opening sunglasses are made with a super-strong plastic rim to prevent breaking as you pop the cap off with the bottle opener-fashioned earpiece. Apart from being functional, the glasses are also made with the frugal consumer in mind, costing only $29.

And for the fancy dads out there, one company, William Painter, makes their own version using titanium for around $140 a “pop”.

Beer Books and Magazines
There are several good reads out there for the beer-enthused dad. Plenty of books have recently been written on the topic like
Stan Hieronymus’ book, For the Love of Hops, Stone brewmaster, Mitch Steele’s, IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes, and the Evolution of India Pale Ale, and even coffee table style books like The World Atlas of Beer.

But if beer-book nerdery isn’t your dad’s thing, there are also several beer magazines that make for a perfect gift like Draft, All About Beer, Beer Connoisseur, and Beer Advocate. Subscriptions cost around $20 and it’s a gift that keeps on giving (for at least for 12 months).

Home Brewing Kit
It’s one thing to drink good beer, but it’s a different thing altogether to make your own. It’s a labor of love and a true craft for anyone who attempts it. Brooklyn BrewShop has streamlined the brewing process with their all-in-one Beer Making Kits which include everything needed to make a fresh batch. If your suds-seeking father is looking to take his hobby of craft beer to the next level, this is the perfect gift. Kits start at $40 with several beer styles available.

Specialty Beer Glasses
A great way to fully appreciate the nuances of different beer styles is to enjoy them in their own specific drinking glass. You can buy generic forms of these glasses individually or in sets from retailers like Macy’s. But if you really want to impress your hop-head father, get him one of the newly released IPA glasses. The glass is great for home consumption and no craft beer drinker is complete without one.

Beer
And finally, the most obvious gift choice for the beer-obsessed dad: beer! The diversity of beers available makes this one a no brainer. Buy his favorite beer, a beer in his favorite style, or go the literal route and pick up something like Rogue’s Dad’s Little Helper black IPA. Or better yet, take him out to his favorite watering hole and share some stories over a pint or two.

Whatever gift I end up getting my dad (he’s a teetotaler, so it won’t be beer-related) this Father’s Day, it’ll be one that says a big “thank you” for always being there and being awesome. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. You rule!

Did my guide miss a great beer-lover’s gift? What are you giving the father in your life this Sunday? Let me know about it in the comments below.

Previously
A celebration of collaboration beers
Now in session: lower-alcohol beers
Why I drink good beer
Building a better drinking vessel

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  1. Beertarzan

    Specialty beer glasses – I was hoping they were the type that'd take make your better half not look so much like a grandma. Gheez, I never thought I'd ever be sleeping with a old woman.

    June 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  2. Brewsees

    Thanks for the sweet photo Nathan! We love seeing Brewsees up next to some amazing other brands!!! Keep on prying and happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!!! http://www.brewsees.com

    June 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
 
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