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Top 10 Father’s Day gifts for the beer-loving dad

Submitted by on June 7, 2010 – 4:00 am3 Comments

 Barnaby's photostreamDo you plan to take a Father’s Day road trip to see your dear ol’ dad, and maybe quaff a pint or two of beer with him?

You’ll need to bring along a present, though, and since you’ve outgrown the ugly-necktie-and-cheap-aftershave period, maybe a little gift from the world of beer might be more appropriate.

Lucky for you, Road Trips for Beer did the research and offers this list of the Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts for the Beer-Loving Dad.

  • Photo courtesy of coolmaterial.comSay your father has retired to a Sarasota condo community and adopted the traditional uniform of shorts, black socks and sandals, and unbuttoned shirt to display his fancy necklace. Encourage him to trade in that ugly gold medallion for something more practical and essential: a rustic-steel bottle-opener necklace . ($62 at coolmaterial.com)|


  • Light up Dad’s patio with a string of everyone’s favorite fictional beer and Homer Simpson’s drink of choice. The Duff Beer Can Light Set boasts 10 illuminated reproductions of the brew from Springfield, Anywhere. ($24.99 at amazon.com).


  • Photo courtesy of beeronthewall.comSo the only thing Pop has in the fridge comes in 30-packs and costs $9.99 at the local grocery store? You can head to your local craft beer store or microbrewery and pick up a variety pack, or expand his beer horizons with a gift basket of fine microbrew or import beers. ($14.95 and up at beeronthewall.com).


  • If Daddy already enjoys craft beer and is ready to graduate to hophead status, consider the Beer Tasting and Hop Appreciation Kit. The kit contains 13 varieties of hops to help him learn about the hops in his beer, an “aroma palate cleanser,” a quick beer guide, a beer color swatch sheet, a hop  “cheat sheet,” and a beer appreciation guide. ($39.95 at KegWorks.com).


  • Courtesy of mrbeer.comWhat self-respecting, beer-loving guy doesn’t want to eventually brew his own. If your father is getting the itch, but doesn’t want to shell out the bucks for a full system, present him with a Mr. Beer home brewing kit. It comes with everything needed to brew two gallons at a time and easy-to-follow instructions.  (Starting at $39.95 at mrbeer.com,  kits ship free through Father’s Day).


  • If your pop isn’t a beer geek, but just a regular geek, he would most likely enjoy quaffing his brew out of a Stein of Science. The one-imperial-pint device is fashioned from a bench top liquid nitrogen dewars flask. (For the non-cryogenics technicians among us, it’s something that keeps stuff really, really cold for a really, really long time). ($235 at etsy.com).


  • Courtesy of bierboothaus.comEven if Dad doesn’t have a drop of Bavarian blood running through his veins, he’s sure to love drinking from his own boot – a three-liter glass beer boot, that is. The tradition started who knows when and is part of Germanic beer drinking culture. But first, learn the rules for drinking from the “Bierstiefel.” ($26.99 and up at bierboothaus.com).


  • Golf courses mean only one thing: a chance to drink beer in the outdoors. So if your dad loves the links, but doesn’t know where to set his beer down while taking the occasional swing, give him “The Pendulator.”  This handy pivoting drink holder  attaches to a golf bag or cart and keeps the spillage to a minimum. The manufacturers also tout that it can be used for other manly items such as lawn mowers, tool boxes and, er, heavy equipment. (We imagine the last one is for soft drinks only.)  ($19.90 including shipping through PayPal at thependulator.com).


  • Courtesy of dreamarcades.comLife’s been good to you, and money’s no object for a Father’s Day gift to that great guy who used to drive you around with a beer can between his legs, back in the days when such things were just given a nod and wink. You may want to give him a chance to relive those days without the risk of causing a horrible accident or being arrested for drunken driving. That’s right, we’re talking about the Octane 120 Beer Arcade, a home gaming device that brings together his favorite things: An arcade-size driving console with classic driving games and a built-in beer tap so he doesn’t have to leave his seat to refill his mug. ($6,995 plus shipping and handling at dreamarcades.com).


  • On the other end of the spectrum, let’s say the economy’s been rough on your job-hunting endeavors and you’re back living in the basement of your parents’ house. Invite Dad down to your man cave and teach him how to play beer pong. If you scared to tell him what to do, you can print out the Official Rules of The World Series of Beer Pong for him here (Just the cost of the beer, cups and balls, which you probably already have).

Have a safe and happy Father’s Day.


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