Are you the lazy type who doesn't like to go shopping? No worries, each of these gifts are just a few mouse clicks away! Here are some ideas that your beer loving Dad is sure to enjoy. I personally own or have used all of these products (with one exception noted below), so they come with my recommendation. You decide what that's worth...
Beer Club: A beer club is a convenient way for Dad to taste a variety of craft beer on a regular basis. Even better, it's delivered right to his doorstep! Beer of the Month Club offers several package options. I received this as a gift last year and you check out my review of here.
Beer Glasses: If Dad drinks his beer straight from the bottle or can, show him a better way to imbibe by giving him a set of Spieglau beer glasses. My wife gave me this for Christmas a few years ago and I love it!
Beer Guides: Dad won't go astray with these books as his guide.
- Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: Let the The Beer Goddess (Lisa Morrison) give Dad the overview on great beer locations in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Lisa is host of the "Beer O' Clock" radio show. Check out my interview with Lisa.
- Oregon Brew Tour: This is an incredibly detailed resource for craft beer in Oregon that has received very little press attention. For more details, check out my book review which includes an excerpt from the book.
- Beer Tasting Tool Kit: How to Chose and Taste Beer Like A Brewer. I do not own, nor have I read this, but I'm recommending it because it's written Jeff Alworth, author of the Beervana beer blog This guy knows his beer—he's currently writing The Beer Bible.
Homebrewing: Does Dad need a new hobby? This one tastes great and is more filling!
- Brew Your Own Magazine: This is a must for all homebrewers. Give Dad a one year subscription and he'll receive new recipes and learn about new brewing techniques and tools with each issue.
- Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches. Has Dad been thinking about making beer, but hasn't taken the plunge? He should consider small batch brewing. Minimal equipment and space is needed. Here's my full review of the book.
- The Craft of Stone Brewing: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance. In this book Stone reveals the recipes for 19 of their beers as well as some favorites from their restaurant. I actually brewed out two of their beers (Levitation and 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout) and they turned out great!
- How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time. This excellent resource, by John Palmer, covers all aspects of the beer making process. It's appropriate for both beginners and advanced brewers. I still consult this regularly when I want to tweak or advance my brewing technique.
- Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anybody Can Brew. Jamil Zainasheff, founder of Heretic Brewing, and John Palmer teamed up to create a book of 80 recipes which covers the gamut of beer styles. This book is unique because it lists extract and all-grain versions for each recipe.
- Radical Brewing: Recipes, Tales, and World-Altering Meditations in a Glass. Another great alternative by Randy Mosher that covers both brewing techniques and unique recipes.
eReader: Don't think Dad would like any of the beer gifts above? Then how about a Kindle? I bought the cheapest model (6", wi-fi) a few months ago and absolutely love it! I bought an extra one for my wife a few weeks ago because she kept using mine! I find myself reading books more often because it's lightweight and easy to carry. You can even borrow e-books from your library for free!
In full disclosure, please know that if you buy anything using the links on this page, I will receive a referral fee directly from the seller, at no added cost to you. Rest assured that any money I receive will NOT be used for my children's education funds, but will be used by me to buy something beer-related for myself! Thank you very much.
In closing, Dad will probably love whatever you get him—except for ties. PLEASE, don't buy Dad a tie! Cheers to all the good Dads out there!