If you listen to the radio or watch television, you know that all dads love grillin’, golfin’, nappin’, and watchin’ sports. The man in your life naturally loves all of these things, but with Father’s Day approaching you should also consider these beer-themed gift ideas for dear ole’ dad:
A “growler” of local beer: Taking a trip to your friendly local brewery has become the equivalent of taking a ride to the grocery store. Most small breweries sell beer to carry out, and the choices vary depending on the week. In the Boston area, Harpoon, Idle Hands, Night Shift, Trillium, and Mystic all pour “growlers” to take home.
A ’Gansett tie: Let’s face it. Father’s Day is all about kitsch. I was recently sent a book with instructions on how to make knitted hats out of used bottle caps. That one didn’t make the cut, but there’s room for frivolity sometimes. Narragansett is an iconic brand capitalizing on a recent revival. You can buy your guy a “Hi-Neighbor” tie and he’ll look no more absurd than a modern-day NBA player during a postgame press conference. Available at costore.com/gansett
Hermetus bottle opener and resealer: If you’ve ever opened a large bottle of beer and just couldn’t finish it, this one is for you. The device opens beer bottles but also provides an airtight seal if you wish to put your bottle away for the night. I was sent one of these several months ago. For a long time it worked great; a little rubber stopper slides over the lip of the bottle so tightly that removing it becomes difficult. It’s hard to imagine any air getting in there.
Tickets to Beer Advocate’s Belgian Beer Fest: Tickets to one of the best beer festivals in the country just went on sale. Beer Advocate puts on great events that allow you to sample from dozens of beers, including new and rare offerings. I just spent a Saturday at their American Craft Beer Festival and was blown away by the quality and breadth of choices.
Draftmark tap system: There’s an easy way to get draft beer in your refrigerator. The Draftmark home tap system, which sells for around $49.99, requires very little effort to set up. You can purchase gallon refills of Anheuser-Busch InBev beer brands, including Budweiser. Shock Top, and a couple of Goose Island beers. I was recently sent a system and a Goose Island Honkers Ale insert. The beer pours easily and cleanly. It could be great for a party.
Bauer Wine & Spirits is the rare Newbury Street business geared toward residents rather than tourists (the antique jeweler Small Pleasures is another, but we’re getting off-track). A friend who lives in the area raves about Bauer’s selection and service.
The store is holding its second annual Big Beer Tasting on Thursday, June 20. The tasting takes place at the College Club at 44 Commonwealth Ave. in the Back Bay and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. In light of the recent events, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event are being donated to One Fund Boston.
Among several tables of distributors and brewers, there will also be a raffle for some hard-to-find bottles and a big gift basket from Craft Brewers Guild. Tickets are $25.
Here’s a list of the beers being poured:
Mayflower Brewing: Summer Rye, Porter, IPA, and Golden Ale
Jack’s Abby Brewing: Jabby Brau, Leisure Time Lager, Hoponius Union, and a surprise brew
Mystic Brewing: Saison Renaud, Table Beer, Mary of the Gael, and Descendant
Merchant du Vin: Trappistes Rochefort 10, Orval Trappiste Ale, Westamalle Tripel, Ayinger Brau-Weisse, Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, and Traquair House Ale
Origin Beverage: Theakston Old Peculier, Theakston XB, Rosenbach Grand Cru, and Rodenbach Vintage 2010
Shelton Bros.: Stillwater Cellar Door, Timothy Taylor Landlord (if available), Ridgeway IPA (if available), De Struise Pannepot Reserva, Jolly Pumpkin, The Bruery, Evil Twin, Petrus Aged Pale, and Fritz Prof. Briem 1809 Berlinerweise
Farnum Hill Cidery: Farmhouse, Dooryard, Summer Cider, Extra-Dry, Semi-Dry, and Dooryard Still
Troeg’s Brewing: Perpetual IPA, Hop Back Amber, Dreamweaver, Sunshine Pils, and Pale Ale