Father's Day gifts for the beer-loving dad

Jun 7, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Is the dad in your life a beer enthusiast? Does he make his own beer at home or aspires to do so? Maybe he loves exploring new breweries in your city and when you go on vacations or loves trying different brews from around the world? Whatever his beer-loving status, check out these beer-loving Father's Day gifts.

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1Beer magazine subscriptionDraft Magazine

For the dad who loves being the first to find out about new beers and beer experiences (like the 100 Best Beer Bars across the country), he'll love a subscription to a beer enthusiast magazine! A great option is Draft Magazine, which has great features on beer as well as beer-related travel, food and blogs. A subscription also makes the perfect gift if you can't be with Dad this Father's Day -- go online to subscribe and pop a card in the mail!

2Brew your own beer kit

Beer Making Kit

Make Dad's beer dreams come true this Father's Day with a beer-making kit to allow him to make his own brew at home! This beer making kit from Williams-Sonoma is a fun gift that will make him smile -- it includes all the supplies Dad needs to make his first batch and step-by-step instructions that will make it a fun and easy experience. Choose from Everyday IPA (a strong, bold brew) or Summer Wheat (light and refreshing).

3Beer brewing experience

The perfect gift for a dad who would love to try brewing beer but wants a step up from a DIY kit, get him a gift certificate to your local "u-brew" spot. Most cities have places like Gallaghers' in the Seattle area -- Dad can set up an appointment, pick the recipe for the beer he wants to make and spend the afternoon brewing! About two weeks later (depending on the type of beer he picks), Dad goes back to bottle it up and take his brew home. Bonus points for this gift -- since Dad is making beer at the u-brew location, your kitchen won't be a mess!

4Beer sampler

Beer sampler

Dad will love this gift that will last far beyond Father's Day! Go to the best spot in your city for buying specialty beers. Some cities have beer stores with coolers lining the walls that are full of different beers, but if your city doesn't, most large grocery stores have a decent selection. Buy a sampler of beers for dad that he can try on Father's Day and beyond. You could even create a theme to the sampler such as beers from around the world or beers from your region. Whatever beer selection you choose for Dad, make sure they're all chilled and ready for him to enjoy on Father's Day!

5Customized pub crawl

Want to see Dad jump up and down this Father's Day? Create a customized pub crawl to all of the breweries in your area for a day or weekend full of beer! It's easy to put together, and you can make this gift as simple or complicated as you'd like. Start by visiting three to five local breweries and picking up gift certificates for Dad to enjoy a pint or two at each one. At home, have fun getting creative with a way to present it to Dad -- make a map with all the places he can visit or create coupons that go with each gift certificate. Make this gift even cooler by picking up a T-shirt from each brewery for Dad to wear when he visits!

6Personalized pub glassesPersonalized pub glasses

So, buying Dad his own pub for Father's Day is probably out of the question, right? Give him a little piece of his own pub with a set of personalized pint glasses. You can have them customized with Dad's first name or your family name. Include some of Dad's favorite beer, and you're all set!

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