American beer has come quite a long way over the last century. But even back when there were only a handful of breweries out there to choose from, American dads have always loved drinking the stuff. Fortunately for us sons and daughters, in addition to being able to offer Dad a special brew or two, we've now got plenty of beer-themed gifts to offer that don't also come with a belly. If your pops is one of the many who enjoy kicking back with a cold one, he'll be thrilled to receive... any of the following creative gift suggestions this Father's Day.
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Two treats in one, Beer Greetings offers a greeting card built into an empty cardboard six-pack box. If you know what Dad likes to drink – or if you know he loves surprises – you can choose your own beers for the perfect sixer, then sip them with him as he reads your beautiful note. And each $15.95 set of four comes with other versions you can save for other occasions, so you can celebrate with beer all year 'round!
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If you'd rather take guessing out of the equation, go with a subscription to the Beer of the Month Club. There are lots of imitations, but the one that started it all (and very best) is BeerMonthClub.com, founded by late beer guru Michael Jackson in 1994. Guaranteed to excite your dad every four weeks for as long as you choose, the site offers four very different -- very awesome -- memberships, including the International Beer Club, and the Rare Beer Club, which each offer some of the best... artisanal beers on the planet.
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Or, if dad prefers to enjoy his beer amongst the hop-loving company of others, consider a gift certificate to World of Beer. With 75 taverns in 22 states (and growing!), Dad likely has one of these incredible pubs in his backyard. Each location offers 50 craft beers on tap and another 500 in the cooler, and he'll appreciate the opportunity for some family bonding if you offer to visit with him. Really, what gift could be better than the chance to drink with you?
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If Dad's going to imbibe, he might as well do it stylishly and with purpose. The ultra-thin crystal used to make Riedel's Veritas Beer Glass will not only keep his beer colder longer (less glass = less conduction of heat!), but the vessel looks crazy classy. Best of all, the shape – featuring a tapered edge and widened bowl – will maximize hop and malt aromas, giving him the best possible drinking experience money can buy.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Perhaps Dad would enjoy a beer-infused gift that won't give him a terrible hangover tomorrow? San Francisco's Regrained is taking spent grain from some of the best local breweries in the area, and repurposing the "waste" (a.k.a., beer gold) into delicious snack bars. Plus, a new and improved recipe makes these the tastiest non-beer beer products out there. Order Dad a mixed pack of Honey Almond IPA and Chocolate Coffee Stout bars, along with an Eat Beer t-shirt, for good measure.
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Bibliophile dads might be interested in digging into a new book from one or more of the most respected craft brewery founders in the world. Co-written by Evil Twin Brewing founder Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso, Food & Beer features recipes and beer pairings developed with Chef Daniel Burns, his partner at Michelin-starred restaurant Luksus. Meanwhile, those interested in beer business might like Quench Your Own Thirst, the new read about turning passion into a successful career from Boston Beer... Co.'s Jim Koch, or Off-centered Leadership, Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione's fascinating look at collaboration between entrepreneurs.
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Finally, if Dad is a serious beer geek who hasn't yet pursued any formal "beer-ducation," why not give him a jumpstart? The Cicerone program certifies members of the beer industry (or passionate hobbyists) on four different levels. To pass the first and become a "Certified Beer Server," he'll need to score 75% or above on a 60-question multiple choice online exam that'll challenge his knowledge of beer serving, styles, evaluation, brewing, and pairing. You can... purchase the test for him for only $69, but the amount of cool stuff he'll learn from studying for it is worth infinitely more.