Some dads are hard to buy gifts for. Unless your father doesn’t like beer, there’s a simple answer to this question this Father’s Day: buy your dad a four or six pack of a summery brew. He’ll enjoy it, and you’ll feel good getting him some refreshment. Here’s a round-up of some summery beers to treat your dad.
Karbach Brewing Co. Rodeo Clown IPAs, prices vary by retailer
A family pack of Rodeo Clown IPAs includes a Double IPA, an Imperial Hazy IPA, and an Imperial Tropical IPA. “The inspiration for this hoppy drink came form the dangerous yet thrilling job of a Karbach founder’s father-in-law, who was a legendary rodeo clown,” says David Graham, director of marketing. “Knowing that he and so many others have challenging and dangerous careers, we set out to create a beer that would honor that risk and give them something to enjoy after a hard day’s work.” If your dad or father-in-law has a dangerous job, then he might enjoy this as a gift.
Funkytown Brewery Summertime Chi, $14/4-pack
This black-owned brewery in Chicago captured everything they love about the city in the summer in this zesty little brew. Your dad will enjoy this sessionable beer with its notes of citrus zest, coriander and a subtle bit of clove that makes it pair well with barbecue, fried pickles and anything to do with a pool.
Sun King Brewery & Spirits Summer Hop Variety Pack, $17.99
If your dad likes his refreshment on the hoppy side, then the Sun King Summer Hop Variety Pack might be the perfect gift for him. The tasty pack includes the new Cosmic Chicken beer, which is new and exclusive to the pack; fan-favorite GFJ before it’s seasonally released on July 1, Rainbow Haze and Keller Haze.
Brewer’s Kitchen Courtesy of Copenhagen, $16/4-pack
Courtesy of Copenhagen is a collage of ingredients that perfectly embody the quintessential summer sipper: lemon, strawberry, and aromatic lavender all jam-packed into a wildly approachable, albeit head-tilting 6% pale ale. What will make your dad happiest about this ale is that despite its robust profile, he will be able to sip on a pint all day and pick out different nuances in the summer sun.
Pilsner Urquell Golden Lager, prices vary by retailer
This Czech beer is still brewed at its original brewery in Prague. The world’s first golden pilsner, it’s perfect for summertime sipping, and it’s been a favorite beer of dads for more than a century, including my own dad. It pairs perfectly with grilled meats of all kinds so share one with your dad over the grill.
Bad Dad Brewing Co. Pour Favor, $12.99
If your dad is a bad dad – and you know he is – then you might want to get a brew made by the original bad dad, Barry Howard, and his two sons, Patrick and Derek. Bad Dad’s latest offering, Pour Favor, is a Mexican-style lager with a 5 percent ABV. Light and crisp, it’s time for a fiesta in the backyard.
Redhook Brewery Lagersquatch, prices vary by retailer
This sessional new beer combines traditional lager malts with hops and techniques that are usually associated with Pacific Northwest style, West Coast IPAS. It’s a crisp, easy-drinking beer that your dad might enjoy on fishing trips or out in the North Woods somewhere.
Goose Island Beer Co.312 Lemonade Shandy, $10.25/6-pack
If your dad needs a shandy to sip in the shade, try Goose Island’s 312 Lemonade Shandy, a refreshing blend of 312 and Italian lemon ice. If you want more than just lemonade, get a variety pack, which also includes 312 Strawberry Lemonade Shandy and 312 Grapefruit Shandy.
Leinenkugel’s Juicy Peach, $9.99/12-pack
Leinie’s Juicy Peach is sort of a Goldilocks of sour brews – it’s sour, but not too sour, balanced with the taste of natural peaches. It’s an easy-drinking beer that is made for sipping on a hot day.
Golden Road Brewing Mango Cart, $9.99-11.99/6-pack
This award-wining wheat ale practically bursts with mango flavor. It’s the first in a series of beers inspired by the iconic fruit cart vendors of Los Angeles. “Made with real mangos, its unique flavor profile makes it the best drink to cheers every dad,” says Hannah Barnett, brand manager.
Blue Moon Brewing Company Moon Haze, $9.99/6-pack
Blue Moon’s juicy, hazy pale ale is the first hazy brewed with dried, whole oranges, which add a delicious brightness to the brew. If your dad loves oranges, then this is the beer for him.