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The Best Beer Gifts for Father’s Day

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If you’re trying to find a Father’s Day gift for a dad who loves beer, you could do worse than giving him a six-pack of his favorite brew. But chances are good that it’ll be gone before the week’s over, and sometimes you want to give a present that’ll actually last (or something that you could easily ship to him if you’re not seeing him in person, unlike a bottle or two of beer). So to make it a little easier to find a practical present this Father’s Day, we’ve found some of the best beer gifts for Father’s Day for every type of beer-loving dad.

For the dad who drinks beer while doing DIY projects

Give him the satisfaction of using a bent nail to open his bottle of beer.

For the dad who already has a handsome bar kit

This asymmetrical brass bottle opener is a decorative — yet still practical — addition to any bar cart or coffee table.

For the dad who drinks beer discreetly

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Former Strategist editor Jason Chen tipped us off to this bottle resealer a couple of years ago: “The German-made bottle opener also functions as a resealer for unfinished beverages (it has fun diagrammatic instructions etched right on it).” That makes it a great gift for someone who buys a lot of large-format beer bottles and doesn’t want them to go to waste.

For the dad who loves his local brewery

This stainless-steel insulated growler can be filled up at his local brewery whenever he wants to stop by.

For the dad who really loves his local brewery

This pressurized growler will keep craft beer fresh and carbonated for up to two weeks, which is great for the dad who loves his brewery’s beer but can’t pay them a visit every weekend.

For the dad who wants to home-brew

This starter kit comes with all of the basic equipment your dad will need to brew his own beer. Bonus points if you also gift him the ingredients so you two can brew his first batch together.

For the dad who likes to give his home brews to the neighbors

Nothing says “welcome to the neighborhoodlike dropping off something homemade. If your home-brewing dad agrees, then gift him this bottle capper, which makes it easy to put shiny new bottle caps on recycled beer bottles. It’s a real money (and environment) saver, and once the neighbors are done, they can return the bottles and eagerly wait for the next six-pack to arrive.

For the dad who wants to take his home-brew to the next level

If your dad already is a proficient home-brewer, consider getting him some high-end equipment, like this copper wort chiller, which will quickly take his brew from boiling hot to room temperature for bottling.

For the dad who loves to get scientific about his brews

While brewing beer is incredibly easy, there is a lot of science that goes into it. For dads who care about the nitty-gritty of beer-making, a hydrometer is essential. It’ll allow him to measure the alcohol by volume, Brix value (grams of sucrose present per 100 grams of liquid), and gravity (the amount of dissolved solids in water) throughout the brewing process, which is great if he’s looking to hone a signature brew.

For the dad who dreams of opening his own brewery

This book, written by Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy, tells the story of how this former foreign correspondent for the Associated Press came to open his own brewery, along with some actually useful business tips.

For the dad who likes retelling drinking stories

Journalist William Knoedelseder dives deep into the history of the Busch family, creators of Budweiser and Michelob beers, and the story of how their company came to dominate American beer.

For the dad who hosts beer tastings

Zach Mack, beer writer and owner of Alphabet City Beer Co. and Governors Island Beer Co., recommends this book as a good gift for a beer lover. “It’s perfect for someone who already knows a little bit about beer and wants to learn more, but doesn’t want to dive into the insanely overcrowded realm of beer books. It’s a very concise and tightly written encyclopedic record for beer that’s remarkably approachable given its depth.”

For the dad who collects bottle caps

A top-loading shadow box is a simple way to showcase how many bottles of beer he’s crushed.

For the dad who forgets to put his beer in the fridge

We’ve raved about the Corkcicle plenty of times before, for its ability to cool down a bottle of wine in a matter of minutes — but did you know there’s a Corkcicle for beer? Called the Chillsner, this gadget works the same way as the Corkcicle. Keep it in the freezer and take it out and pop it in a lukewarm bottle, but this one is sized for bottles of beer.

For the dad who likes to tailgate

This Yeti cooler is shaped like a tote bag, so it’s easy to carry around, yet it’s still so well-insulated that it’ll keep beers cold for hours on end, even if you’re sitting on asphalt in the sun.

For the dad who has too many pint glasses

If you’re going to upgrade your dad’s glassware, David Zuskov, the brewer and lab manager at Almanac Beer Co. in Alameda, California, swears by Spiegelau’s IPA glasses. “I drank the same beer out of their glass and a pint glass, and you can taste so much more flavor from theirs.”

For the dad who doesn’t have enough pint glasses

We’ve written about the mini Bodega glasses from Luigi Bormioli, as the best wine glasses, but there’s also a 17-ounce version of the glass that’s the perfect size for a pint. (Plus, these are the same pint glasses they use in the tasting rooms of cult-Danish brewery Mikkeller.)

For the dad who savors his pint

Even the cheapest lager will taste fancy in this pint glass with a pewter base from the Italian company Match.

For the dad who wishes he could shower in beer

This soap is made with Old Milwaukee beer (though the folks at Duke Cannon do note that it smells like sandalwood, not beer).

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The Best Beer Gifts for Father’s Day