With Father's Day looming this weekend, we've picked ten brews that are sure to put a smile on his face (and help him forget that time you backed into the mailbox).
Anchor Steam Beer
Appreciating the classics is a part of growing up. Sure, forging your own path and deciding what you like is important too, but if you don’t know what cultural artefacts shaped the world you’re currently existing in, you miss critical context about the direction the future may take. That’s all a bit histrionic when it comes to beer, but this touchstone from Anchor Brewing is certainly something your dad has tried if he knows beer. Malty, smooth and housed in that beautifully clean Anchor bottle, Anchor Steam is about as classic as they come. Just like your Pops.
Curmudgeon Old Ale
Founder Brewing Company
Aged, weathered and heavy describe this beer, as well as any dad that’s been around the block. The seasoning that comes with raising a rapscallion may take its toll on the exterior, but it’s the kind of sacrifice required in order to bring a youngster up properly, and should be justly rewarded with an equally seasoned Old Ale of the highest caliber. Founders’ oak-aged boozy bruiser with an “insane” malt bill is just the sort of heavy hitter to share with pops for a special occasion, especially if he’s the type that enjoys a nice scotch.
Upslope Craft Lager
Upslope Brewing Company
Sometimes, fathers might be a little wary of craft beer. If he’s drunk Coors Banquet for years, why would he try something different now? This beer is for the dads willing to try something a little different. With clean and simple branding, Upslope’s Craft Lager features more flavor and body than your dad’s favorite macro brew, while still retaining the low ABV and sudsy appearance of his favorite crushable six-pack. Who knows, maybe after sipping a craft lager, he’ll soon be hitting you up for tickets to Dark Lord Day!
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Every dad will remember the moment they found out they were going to be a father. It’s undoubtedly an unforgettable feeling, and something to be celebrated with a flavorful beer that’ll still leave you able to piece together a crib. Enter this perfectly named Session IPA from Speakeasy. The firm bitterness will also help cleanse the palate of diapery esters.
This refined choice is sure to impress the paterfamilias. A luxuriously rich Oud Bruin, this is the beer that might convince pops that your “little hobby” of drinking dope craft brews is more than a passing fancy. Clothed in a beautiful blue paper sheath, it looks and drinks like a world-class beverage. Also, if you bring this for your dad, the blue paper will save you the trouble of wrapping it yourself (you lazy bum).