Father's Day: Give Dad the gift of great beer

This Father's Day, pour your love and gratitude for dear ol' Dad into a glass of great beer. Photo: Beer for Father's Day!

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 — You may have childhood memories of Dad hanging around with his brothers, father, or friends enjoying a few beers.

For past Father’s Days, have you gifted dear ol’ Dad with ties, a backyard barbecue, or tickets to his favorite sporting event? This year, there are more ways than ever to give Dad something related to his favorite tasty adult beverage.

Here are a dozen ways that you can find across the country to thank Dad for all he has done for you throughout the years.


    Father’s Day “Collabrewtive” Brunch

        Los Angeles, Calif.

SEE RELATED: Philly Beer Week 2013 continues today through Sunday

        At Lot 613, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Food GPS will “feature six stations showcasing brewery-roaster duos, as well as six food stations helmed by several of L.A.’s most talented chefs.”

    Father’s Day Beer Train Tour

        San Diego, Calif.

        Throughout the month of June, you can treat Dad to “local craft beers, a behind the scenes tour of the brewery, as we “hop” on and off the Beer Train (3-4 stops along the way). We’ll even be tasting the brew on the train. There’ll be an awesome brewpub lunch to start.”

    Father’s Day Bundle

        San Marcos, Calif.

        The Lost Abbey has packaged up a great deal for a glassware, a growler, and a fill up of their highly sought-after beer to go.


    Cheers, Dad! Father’s Day Brunch

        Rehoboth Beach, Del.

        On Sunday, June 16, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats is serving up a Father’s Day brunch of “woodgrilled food, housemade dishes, and a little love in-between.” While you have Dogfish Head on the brain, think about if Dad might enjoy the brewery’s new DIY contraption, the Mini Enamel Animal. With this unique gift, Dad can easily “twist off the top, add hops, spices, fruit or whatnot, fill with off-centered ale, and savor the fruits of his creativity.”


    Dad’s Sack Gift Packs

        Frederick, Md.

        Likely the most creative name for a Father’s Day gift, but also a thoughtful pack of beer and merchandise from Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery.

New York

    Father’s Day Weekend Specialty Beer Workshops & Tasting

        Lake Clear, NY

        Get away with Dad, or give him a package to get away on his own, to the Adirondacks where Lake Clear Lodge and Resort is putting on a weekend full of beer-centric activity. Expect “a beer-influenced tasting menu, a meet-and-taste with Adirondack home brewers, and to learn some history in a Beer & Wine Workshop from our cellar of 250 specialty beers.”


    Father’s Day at Iron Hill

        Lancaster, Pa. and North Wales, Pa.

        From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their Lancaster, Pa. location, the restaurant and brewery will be serving up a special Father’s Day menu and the release of the popular Honey Do Wit.

        At the North Wales, Pa. location, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will be serving up four courses of food paired with four of their special beers, followed by a brewery tour hosted by the Head Brewer.

    Harrisburg Brewers Fest

        Harrisburg, Pa.

        On Saturday, June 15, two sessions (12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) of this incredibly popular annual fundraising beer event in downtown Harrisburg will showcase up to 50 breweries and give Dad the opportunity for “unlimited beer samples, a collector’s sampling mug, and entertainment from several bands.”

    Father’s Day at Sly Fox Brewery

        Pottstown, Pa.

        On Sunday, June 16, “make Dad incredibly glad at the Tastin’ Room for a father’s day he’ll remember with ribs, pizza, a brewery tour, and a pitcher of beer.”


    Father’s Day Keg ‘n’ Oyster Fest

        Richmond, Va.

        As “a celebration of local craft and new traditions,” take Dad to one of Virginia’s most exciting new breweries — Hardywood Park Craft Brewery — for live music, oysters from the Chesapeake, pizza, sausage, and some great award-winning local beer.


    Washington Brewers Festival

        Redmond, WA

        Throughout the Father’s Day weekend, take the whole family to the “all-ages Father’s Day beer festival with a spectacular beer selection for the parents and plenty of entertainment for the little ones including the Rootbeer Garden, inflatable toys, and a kids craft tent where they can make Fathers Day gifts to surprise Dad.”

By Mail

    Beer of the Month Club

        Sometimes simple is the best approach and nothing looks more simple, or could be more rewarding, then signing up online for a gift that Dad can enjoy throughout the year.

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Bryan Kolesar has been tracking down great beer for over twenty years. From the most hard-to-find delicately balanced low alcohol beer to the big monsters weighing in at over 10% ABV, he has yet to find a style that does not have a story to tell and a taste to share. Though, when pushed, Kolesar has historically staked a claim to the Saison style as one of the most versatile and his favorite.

In 2005, Bryan co-founded The Brew Lounge blog/website as a canvas to illustrate the best of the craft brewing industry and to document his own travels within it. Though he has lived in Philadelphia and is currently headquartered in the city's western suburbs, Kolesar shares a wealth of information and images that he collects from his travels around the world and some of the best beers that he has tasted along the way.

In 2010, Kolesar came aboard the Communities section of The Washington Times to contribute stories from across the craft brewing industry as it continues more than ever its explosive growth amongst increasingly more of the mainstream alcohol-consuming public. 

While the beer - its tastes, aromas, and incredible pairing opportunities with food - is often the beginning of a story, he often finds it more interesting to dive into the stories behind the people, places, and events associated with the final product. 

Locally around Philadelphia, he has been named a Beer Writer of the Year finalist multiple times, hosted beer/running events during each annual Philly Beer Week, served as a Philly Beer Geek judge, paneled local beers for submission into the Great American Beer Festival competition, judged beer and food competitions, been featured in local publications chronicling the beer scene, and been named the "Best Beer Guy" of 2008. 

In addition to his beer-y pursuits, Kolesar works a professional career in the business world by day and dabbles in distance running, cooking, homebrewing, gardening, photography, and is a staunch advocate for animal rescue/adoption. He lives with his wife, Patty, of fifteen years and has been a long time, mostly suffering, supporter of local Philadelphia sports.

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