An Afternoon with the Beer Barons

From Facebook:

The Spring Grove Heritage Foundation will host the 4th Annual ‘An Afternoon with the Beer Barons’ event from 4P to 7P. Participating brewers will provide samples of their most popular and unique beers.

Food will be provided by The Delish Dish. This event will be held outdoors in the scenic Rose Garden just inside the main entrance of the cemetery. The event will be salute to the rich history of beer in Cincinnati as many of the founding Beer Barons are buried here at Spring Grove. Our Heritage Foundation docents have done extensive research on these famous families and will share their vast knowledge as our guests join the docents on air conditioned motor coach tours of the cemetery throughout the event.

The following brewers are participating this year:

Braxton Brewing

Brink Brewing

Christian Moerlein

Fibonacci Brewing

Fifty West Brewing

MadTree Brewing

March First Brewing

Mt. Carmel Brewing

Paradise Brewery & Taproom

Rivertown Brewing

Streetside Brewery

Taft’s Ale House

Toxic Brewing

Urban Artifact

Pre-Registration is available through Eventbrite.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-afternoon-with-the-beer-barons-tickets-32479150012

This is a 21 and over event and will be strictly enforced. The cost for the afternoon is $40 per person and reservations are necessary.

Tastings and Tappings Report: Oct. 28, 2016

Don’t forget to check out our This Week in Beer post from Monday for other better beer events happening this weekend.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Ault Park – HallowEve Brew Bash tonight at 6:00 pm. Ten tastings included. Beers from Bad Tom Smith, Blank Slate, Braxton, Cellar Dweller, Dogberry, Fifty West, Ei8ht Ball, Listermann, MadTree, Moerlein, Old Firehouse, Rhinegeist, Streetside, Urban Artifact and Woodburn. Additional full pours for $5 each. Costumes are optional. Tickets are $25.00.

BB Riverboats – BB Riverboats Craft Beer Fest Saturday at 8:00 pm. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.

BC’s Bottle Lodge – Halloween party Saturday at 5:00 pm. Check out their Facebook event page for the taplist.

Moerlein Lager House – Funky Pumpkins and Fall Beers Oct. 28-30. From Facebook: “Moerlein Lager House in conjunction with the Art Academy of Cincinnati will have on display 15 carved pumpkins. PLUS, a special Fall beer menu. It’s the perfect way to get your Halloween chills and thrills. On Saturday, at 2 p.m., one of the artists will hold a session to show how to design and carve your own ‘funky pumpkin’ for Halloween. Featured drafts include: Moerlein T-Bird Harvest Ale, Moerlein Dry Hopped 5th & Vine, Moerlein Das Uber Fest Lager, Triple Digit Chickow, Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth, Two Brothers Atom Smasher, Southern Tier Warlock, Southern Tier Harvest ESB and Southern Tier Pumking, New Belgium Pumpkick. Featured bottles include: Ace Pumpkin Cider, Deschutes Sage Fright, B. Nectar Death Unicorn and Bruery Autumn Maple.”

— Brunch, Beers, & Breweries Sunday at 10:00 am. “Experience the taste of Christian Moerlein with this hands-on day of brunching, tasting, and touring. This event includes brunch at the Moerlein Lager House, two brewery tours of BOTH Christian Moerlein facilities, a quick history lesson about the brewing culture here in Cincinnati, and of course…beer! Join us as we take you along on the streetcar and guide you through it all. Prost! For tickets and more information visit our event site: https://www.eventcreate.com/brunch-beers-breweries *There are a limited amount of spots for this event.

BENGALS WATCHING

Christian Moerlein Malt House – Game Day Sunday with Kegs & Eggs. Starting at 9:00 am.

Paradise Brewing – Sunday at 9:30 am. Kegs & Eggs (and BACON!) before and during the Bengals game.

TASTINGS

Country Fresh Farm Market and Wine Depot – Ballast Point tasting today from 4:00-7:00 pm.

DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits – Rivertown beer tasting from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Jungle Jim’s – Friday night tasting from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at both locations. Pints are usually $3. This week, they are pouring beers from MadTree at Fairfield and beers from Rhinegeist Brewing at Eastgate.

Party Source – $1 beer tastings on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Party Town – For Friday Night Flights this week from 5:30-7:00 pm, they’re pouring from Rhinegeist. Beers include Mastodon, Bourbon Barrel Druncle, Sabertooth Tiger, an all new Experimental Double IPA and more. It’s $2.00 for the regular sample flights. Only adults age 21 or more are admitted for Friday Night Flights. Limit of one sample per person. No shopping carts in the back room please.

TAPPINGS and RELEASES

Braxton Brewing – October Firkin Friday today at 5:30 pm. This month, it’s their Toaster Cinnamon Toast Crunch donut beer infused with pumpkin spice.

Cappy’s Wine and Spirits – Cappy’s & Cavalier’s Cancer Crushing Creepy Craft Craze includes special tappings Oct. 28-30 with $1 from every pint and growler sold going to breast cancer research. Beers scheduled to be tapped include Schramms The Statement, Dogfish Head Raisin D’extra 2014, Dogfish Head Olde School 2013, Alltech Breakin’ The Law, Three Floyd’s Red Death, Three Floyd’s Floy Division, Stone XS IPA, Fat Head’s Barrel Aged Battle Axe, Fat Head’s Barrel Aged Spooky Tooth, Fat Head’s Zest For Breast, Fat Head’s Hop Stalker, Fat Head’s IBUsive, MadTree 2016 Barrel Aged Axis Mundi, MadTree 2015 Barrel Aged Coffee Vanilla Axis Mundi, Urban Artifact Tutti Fruity and Urban Artifact Blue Raspberry Raspberry Warhead.

Ei8ht Ball Brewing – Free bacon Friday at 5:00 pm. They are tapping Evil Twin Liquid Fudge.

Habits Cafe – The Great American Blonde Beer Launch (their first ever house beer brewed by Listermann Brewing) today at 7:00 pm.

The Lackman – Fear of the Dark featuring Evil Dead Red and Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing today starting at 4:00 pm.

Have a better beer weekend, everyone!

— Carla and Tom

Hoperatives Tastings and Tappings Report

This Week in Beer: August 1 – 7, 2016

Check out our Better Beer Happy Hours, Etc. page for regularly scheduled specials on better beer. We are only list events here that are unique for this coming week in beer. As always, any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

August 1st-15th – Brewery of the Month at Lucky Turtle
This month, it’s Stone. Beers include Saison Du Buff, 12th Anniversary, 6th Anniversary, Old Guardian Pekko Hops, Mocha IPA, Citrusy Wit, 20th Anniversary IPA, 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale, Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Unapologetic IPA (v2.0), Enjoy By 09.05.16 Unfiltered IPA, Sublimely Self- Righteous and Arrogant Bastard.

Monday, August 1st at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Quaff Bros Rye Knucklehead. Bottle release at the same time.

Monday, August 1st at 7:00 pm – Rivertown Beer Dinner at Tēla Bar + Kitchen
Menu: Course 1 – Soulless paired with cabrales blue cheese, plums, dark rye crostini; Course 2 – Blueberry Lager paired with blueberries, toasted walnuts, feta cheese, sorghum vinaigrette; Course 3 – Jeanneke paired with ahi tuna poke, avocado-jalapeño crema, crisp wonton; Course 4 – Lil Sipa paired with marinated teres major, sweet pepper relish, onion soubise, sharp cheddar crisp; Course 5 – Bucknut Brew paired with peanut butter beignet, bananas flambé, bucknut gelato. Tickets are $50 ($10 from each ticket will be donated to The Cure Starts Now). Reservations are required. Call 513-821-8352.

Tuesday, August 2nd at 4:00 pm – Pumpkin Ale Tapping at Rivertown Brewing
Growlers and 6pks To Go will be available too.

Wednesday, August 3rd at 6:00 pm – Weiz Guys Hefeweizen tapping at Municipal Brew Works
This beer is their collaboration with Paradise Brewing and their second seasonal release.

Thursday, August 4th from 5:00-10:00 pm – Brew Kettle Pint Night at Cappy’s Wines and Spirits
Beers include White Rajah, 4 C’s, Summer Rays, Blarney Stone, Cherry Red and El Lupulo Libre.

Thursday, August 4th at 6:00-9:00 pm – Lagunitas Tastings at BC’s Bottle Lodge
Check their Facebook event page later in the week for the beer listing.

Thursday, August 4th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Burgers and Beers at the Party Source
Beers: Moody Tongue Chocolate Churro Porter, Nectarine IPA, Lemon Saison and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chocolate Barleywine. Brewmaster Jared Rouben will be in attendance.
Burger: Poutine burger
Music: Chris Cusentino
Tickets available at http://thepartysource.com/the-party-source-events/08-04-16-burgers-and-beers-moody-tongue

Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 pm – Stone Pint Night at Hebron Brew Haus

Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 pm – Books on Tap at Braxton Brewing
This month’s book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Friday, August 5th at 2:00 pm – BREW 100: Windowsill Tapping
Take a half day on Friday and join us at MadTree as we tap the latest beer designed by a Cincinnati State BREW 100 class. Check out our earlier post for more information.

Friday, August 5th-Saturday, August 6th – Cincinnati Craft Brewer’s Volksfest 2016 at Listermann Brewing
More information available on their Facebook event page.

Saturday, August 6th from 6:00-11:30 pm – 4th Annual Made in Cincy Beerfest at Marty’s Hops and Vines
Sixteen taps of local beers and Camp Washington Chili. Tickets are $32 in advance, $37 at the door, and include a souvenir tasting glass, chili with all the fixings, and taster pours of all the brews.

Saturday, August 6th starting at 6:00 pm – 2nd Annual Newport Baseball Bar Crawl
Teams of two can score runs at each bar and win great prizes while drinking beer from Kentucky Ale, New Belgium and Braxton on draft at every bar.
6:00 The Crazy Fox- Happy hour pricing
6:45 Bourbon & Broad- $1.00 off
7:30 Jerzees- Featured on draft – live music with Revolver (Chief Collins)
8:15 Mokka- $1.00 off and live music with Voo Doo Spiders
9:00 Pompilios- $3.00 drafts
9:45 Coaches Corner- $1.00 off

Hoperatives This Week in Beer

This Week in Beer: Jan. 12 – 18, 2015

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, Jan. 12th – Mug Night Monday at Flipdaddy’s Union

Monday, Jan. 12th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Jan. 12th – Randall Monday at the Brass Tap U Square

Monday, Jan. 12th from 4:00-7:00 pm – Boulevard Brewing Tastings at Country Fresh Farm Market

Monday, Jan. 12th at 5:00 pm – Rare Keg Monday at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
This week, it’s Dogfish Head Beer Raison D’Extra.

Monday, Jan. 12th from 8:00 pm to close – Pint Night at Incline Public House

Tuesday, Jan. 13th – Penny Flips at Fifty West

Tuesday, Jan. 13th – Tappa Keg Tuesday at Dingle House

Tuesday, Jan. 13th – $8 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Tuesday, Jan. 13th at 4:00 pm – Boulevard Tappings at the Brass Tap U Square
Beers include Pale Ale, Pop Up Session IPA, Single Wide IPA, 80 Acre and Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.

Tuesday, Jan. 13th at 6:00 pm – BOGO Craft Beer Special at Hebron Brew Haus
Special applies to select rotating draft beers.

Tuesday, Jan. 13th at 6:00 pm – Tuesdays on Tap at Whole Foods Mason
Six drafts, six bites, $6.

Wednesday, Jan. 14th – Select Craft Beers for $2 at Molly Malone’s Covington

Wednesday, Jan. 14th – Local Wednesday at Buckhead Mountain Grill Bellevue
All local beer served in a 16oz pint glass are only $3.99

Wednesday, Jan. 14th – Pint Night at UC’s Catskeller
This week, it’s Fat Head’s Brewery.

Tuesday, Jan. 13th at 4:00 pm – Boulevard Release Party at Kaze OTR
Pouring Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and Unfiltered Wheat.

Wednesday, Jan. 14th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines
This week, it’s beers from Boulevard.

Wednesday, Jan. 14th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Brewer’s Happy Hour at Rock Bottom Cincinnati
Brewmaster Gerry will be conducting tours.

Thursday, Jan. 15th – Firkin Thursday at Fifty West

Thursday, Jan. 15th from 4:00 pm to close – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium Clifton

Thursday, Jan. 15th from 6:00-9:00 pm – “Pay It Forward” Celebration with West Sixth at Incline Public House
Join the folks from West Sixth for the check presentation from their “Pay It Forward” Cocoa Porter program to Community Matters. As they say on the Facebook event page, this “is not a fundraiser – just show up and party and feel good that you are supporting Community Matters by simply eating tasty food and/or drinking tasty beer.” West Sixth is bringing beers to the event that they normally only sell in Lexington, and a portion of the sales from the evening will also benefit Community Matters.

Friday, Jan. 16th Thursday, Jan. 15th at 5:300 pm – Founders Tap Takeover at Market Wines
Beers include Big Lushious, Backwoods Bastard, Centennial and Dirty Bastard.

Thursday, Jan. 15th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Main Strasse Covington – Ei8ht Ball Prodigal, Glendale – Founders Porter and Hyde Park – MadTree Thundersnow.

Friday, Jan. 16th – $8 Growler Fills at Christian Moerlein Brewery

Friday, Jan. 16th at 5:00 pm – Free Bacon Night at Ei8ht Ball Brewing
Tapping Off Color Dinosmores

Friday, Jan. 16th at 5:30 pm – Beer and Wine Tasting at Everything’s d’ Vine
$10 per person to taste five beers and four wines. $5 to taste just beer or just wine.

Friday, Jan. 16th at 6:00 pm – Shambles Beer Tapping at Rivertown Brewing
Tapping “Shambling Southward – Dubbel Barrel Blues,” a Belgian Dubbel aged with brandy-infused wood chips which was brewed in honor of The Whiskey Shambles’ win at the Northeast Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA) Challenge. That win qualifies them to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this month. The Whiskey Shambles will be performing starting at 7:00 pm. More information available at their Facebook event page.

Friday, Jan. 16th from 7:00-9:00 pm – Barrel-Aged Beer Bash at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
Sixty different types of barrel aged beers available from over forty different different breweries. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to their website.

Saturday, Jan. 17th – All crafts $3 at Louie’s Taphouse & Grill (Mason)

Saturday, Jan. 17th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines
The cost to taste four beers is $6.00 per person.

Saturday, Jan. 17th from 6:00 pm – Local Local Local 6 at Arnold’s Bar & Grill
For the sixth year, Arnold’s is featuring local beers, bands and more. Starting at 6:00 pm, there will be $3.50 pints of local craft beers plus owners, head brewers and more of nearly every single local Cincinnati Brewery including Christian Moerlein, Listermann’s, Rivertown, Blank Slate, Rhinegeist, MadTree, Mt. Carmel, Bad Tom, Old Firehouse, Fifty West, Cellar Dweller, Triple Digit, Warped Wing, Ei8ht Ball, Paradise Brewing and Wiedemann

Saturday, Jan. 17th at 6:00 pm – Blues, Brews, Vino and BBQ With The Brad Hatfield Band at Cellar Dweller Brewery
The dinner is sold out as of time of publication, but you are still welcome to come and listen to the band starting at 9:00 pm. More information available at their Facebook event page.

Saturday, Jan. 17th from 7:00-9:00 pm – Barrel-Aged Beer Bash at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield
See their Friday listing for more information.

Repost: Hoperatives Beer Gift Guide

From December 4, 2013 with some updates for this year:

As Tom pointed out in his post “On Beer Culture and Beer Subcultures”, there seems to be at least four main subcultures within the overall craft beer culture. We decided to do our Hoperatives Beer Gift Guide by subculture so you can really target the better beer lover on your shopping list this year. There is also a category for gifts that all better beer fans would probably like (since the subcategories aren’t ironclad or you may not be sure what might work for your beer fan). Some links listed below go to our affiliate links on Amazon.com. You’re not obligated to use those links, of course, but look at it this way: it’s like buying two gifts at once!

For the home brewer on your list:

Sparge Arm

So this is how you pick up some serious credibility if the home brewer in your life doesn’t think you’ve been paying attention to the work they put in to make beer. There’s a point in the brewing process where you need to circulate water through the cooked grains to get all the sugars and other yummy goodness out of the grain. This is called ‘sparging.’ It can be tedious. A dedicated sparge arm can make the process less tedious. Which means more beer gets made more often. This is a good thing. This is something that you give when you know for a fact that the brewer in your life does all-grain brewing. It’s not necessary for what’s called extract brewing.

Homebrew Immersion Wort Chiller

We’ve actually given this as a wedding gift, and we found out that a gift certificate we gave as a wedding gift (see below) went to get one of these. Both couples are still married, so this is a good gift. Yeast is a living organism and it doesn’t like burning hot water any more than you do. There’s a point in the brewing process that the wort — the sugar water that’s been boiling for an hour or more with hops and such — needs to be cooled quickly before the yeast is added. Yes, it looks like a big copper tube coil because that’s what it is. But to a homebrewer it’s the best thing ever.

Listermann Brewing Supply Gift Certificate

We once gave a Listermann gift certificate for a wedding gift and it was such a big hit we had to include this by name and location. Listermann is the grande dame of Cincinnati home brewing supply and has earned its outstanding reputation. The Cincinnati metro area is blessed with several home brew supply locations that will be happy to sell you a gift certificate so your in-house brewer can pick and choose the perfect gift. Here are other the fine home brew supply shops around town:

For the beer trader/swapper on your list:

The Rare Beer Club

We met the folks who run this company at the Beer Blogger’s Conference in Boston this past summer. The Rare Beer Club will ship you 2, 4 or 6 bottles of a hard-to-get beer each month. They work through distributors with the proper licensing, so they are are legally able to ship to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana (which is refreshing, to say the least). If rare beer isn’t quite what you’re looking for, take a look at other craft-beer-each-month selections they offer (the site lists all past offerings so you can see what goes out). It’s even possible to mix and match offers to create your own personal beer of the month club.

Jet Bag Reusable Padded Absorbent Bottle Bags, Bio-Degradable Travel Accessory, Set of 3

It’s amazing to us every time we travel to discover how many people haven’t heard that it’s NOT ok to take liquids on planes. Or that beer is a liquid, apparently. If the beer lover in your live travels AND likes to bring back beer, these bottle bags are the best way to stash bottles of beer in checked luggage. Sure, they can be wrapped in an old shirt or some socks but, well, ewww. These can also be used in shipping beer (or any glass bottle, really). Just make sure you can get them back.

For the beer rater/evaluator on your list:

33 Bottles of Beer Tasting Notebook and 33 Mugs of Cider

Yeah there are smartphone apps that allow you to rate beers, but these clever little notebooks are designed to help you think about what you’re drinking rather than just collecting some arbitrary number of stars or mugs or some other ratings icon. We’ve heard tell of folks using these to keep tasting notes while going through BJCP or Cicerone training. Each page in the notebook allows you to record a wealth of information about beers and ciders you try. The design is extremely well-thought out and these notebooks are essential equipment for the serious beer reviewer.

Field Notes “Drink Local” Edition

The little notebooks made by Field Notes are almost a cult item. I got hooked on them a few years ago. I used to be terrible about writing things on random scraps of paper. Now I write notes to myself in these and can usually find the notes later — a definite change from the past. Unlike the ’33’ notebooks listed above, these contain nothing but pages of grid-lined paper between heavy-duty fiber covers. You can record information about beer in them if you like, but they’re really just general purpose notebooks with a fun beer theme. The covers themselves are meant to suggest the colors of various kinds of beers and they Field Notes folks throw in some beer coasters that share some of the same design elements of the notebooks.

For the local beer fan on your list:

Local Brewery Tours

One of the best ways to check out the many great local breweries in the Cincinnati/NKY area is to leave the driving to someone else. The link above takes you to our listing of the various tours available now. Different tours go to different breweries so pick out the itinerary that works out best for you or your gift recipient. Cincy Brew Bus has a deal where you can get 20% off a room at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and Craft Connection Brewery Tours just started offering Craft Cash which lets you easily give a brewery tour.

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Beer Growler (64-Ounce)

We were given samples of these at the 2013 Beer Blogger’s conference and they’re fantastic. They’re a little taller and bit narrower than their glass counterparts, but they seal tightly and hold temperature for quite a while. It’s made of a heavy-weight metal so there’s some sturdiness to it. We’ve used these for all sorts of uses other than beer, but they work as advertised for that.

Moerlein Lager House Beer Tokens

Pretty much any better beer location will be happy to sell you a gift certificate, but the Moerlein Lager House Beer tokens are unique. It’s the sort of stocking stuffer that will elicit a confused look at first, but joy upon realizing what they’re for. One token, one beer. How cool is that? The only downside is that they’re so cool, you don’t want to turn them in. In the end you do, of course, because … beer.

For any better beer fan on your list:

Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer by Maureen Ogle

This is one of the best books on the history of beer in America. We both love it so much that we own both the paperback and Kindle versions of it. Maureen Ogle is a professional historian who researches obsessively but writes accessibly. Her work is partly responsible for spreading the word about Jack McAuliffe’s early contributions to craft brewing. It’s book that cover a lot of ground in an easy-to-access volume and when you’ve finished it you’ll be even more impressed with what the craft brewers are pulling off with today’s small-brewery revolution.

EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler

A few years ago, a newly married friend of ours bought her new husband a kegerator for Christmas. They both loved it so much that when they moved to the west coast and were only taking what they could fit into a POD with them, they made room for the kegerator. We treated ourselves to a two-tap kegerator a few years later and have never regretted it. It may be one of the ultimate gifts for a better beer fan.

The Oxford Companion to Beer

Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver edited this volume that’s equal part reference book and lightning rod. You don’t have to do much Googling to find people who have nits to pick with the book, but when you dig into a given issue yourself you’ll generally find that the OCB is reporting a consensus view of topics that are difficult to summarize. In one volume you’ll find discussions of technical issues pertaining to brewing, extensive descriptions of styles, the histories of important beers and breweries and a lot more. I carry a Kindle version with me on my phone so I can look something up that I half-remember about one topic or another. And sometimes when I’m bored I just randomly pick an article and read it. Then another. I can kill a whole afternoon that way. The serious beer fan will find this book impossible to put down.

Hoperatives Holiday Gift Guide

Hoperatives Father’s Day Gift Guide

One of our great joys since starting Hoperatives in 2009 has been helping Carla’s dad on his journey learning to enjoy better beers. He wasn’t a Bud Light/Coors Light/Miller Lite only beer drinker, but he was stuck in a Dundee Honey Brown and Killian’s rut. Then he tasted his first bourbon barrel beer (Listermann Cincinnatus to be exact) and as a Maker’s Mark drinker, he was hooked. So this gift guide is honor of Carla’s dad, but for all dads no matter where they are on their better beer journey.

Technically, we probably should have done this gift guide for Mother’s Day too. But, let’s be honest… we didn’t think of doing it in time. Some links listed below go to our affiliate links on Amazon.com. You’re not obligated to use those links, of course, but look at it this way: it’s like buying two gifts at once!

1. Craft Connection Brewery Tour

A colleague of Carla’s at Cincinnati State has gotten two different brewery tours from his daughter as gifts the last few years. The two of them have a great time together and both get to enjoy better beer. It’s a definite win-win. And the tours from Craft Connection are some of the best. (And, yes, they are an advertiser with us, but doesn’t diminish their awesomeness.)
2. Home Brew Classes

Maybe your dad is ready to start making his own beer. There are several great home brew shops in the area that offer classes. There’s probably one near where your dad (if he’s local) lives. If he already home brews, any one of these shops would be happy to sell you a gift certificate.

3. The Rare Beer Club

We met the folks who run this company at the Beer Blogger’s Conference in Boston this past summer. The Rare Beer Club will ship you 2, 4 or 6 bottles of a hard-to-get beer each month. They work through distributors with the proper licensing, so they are are legally able to ship to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana (which is refreshing, to say the least). If rare beer isn’t quite what you’re looking for, take a look at other craft-beer-each-month selections they offer (the site lists all past offerings so you can see what goes out). It’s even possible to mix and match offers to create your own personal beer of the month club.

Father's Day Gift Guide
4. Jet Bag Reusable Padded Absorbent Bottle Bags, Bio-Degradable Travel Accessory, Set of 3

It’s amazing to us every time we travel to discover how many people haven’t heard that it’s NOT ok to take liquids on planes. Or that beer is a liquid, apparently. If the beer lover in your live travels AND likes to bring back beer, these bottle bags are the best way to stash bottles of beer in checked luggage. Sure, they can be wrapped in an old shirt or some socks but, well, ewww. These can also be used in shipping beer (or any glass bottle, really). Just make sure you can get them back.

5. 33 Bottles of Beer Tasting Notebook and 33 Mugs of Cider

Yeah, there are smartphone apps that allow you to rate beers, but these clever little notebooks are designed to help you think about what you’re drinking rather than just collecting some arbitrary number of stars or mugs or some other ratings icon. We’ve heard tell of folks using these to keep tasting notes while going through BJCP or Cicerone training. Each page in the notebook allows you to record a wealth of information about beers and ciders you try. The design is extremely well-thought out and these notebooks are essential equipment for the serious beer reviewer.

6. Field Notes “Drink Local” Edition

The little notebooks made by Field Notes are almost a cult item. Unlike the ’33’ notebooks listed above, these contain nothing but pages of grid-lined paper between heavy-duty fiber covers. You can record information about beer in them if you like, but they’re really just general purpose notebooks with a fun beer theme. The covers themselves are meant to suggest the colors of various kinds of beers and the Field Notes folks throw in some beer coasters that share some of the same design elements of the notebooks.

7. Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Beer Growler (64-Ounce)

We were given samples of these at the 2013 Beer Blogger’s conference and they’re fantastic. They’re a little taller and bit narrower than their glass counterparts, but they seal tightly and hold temperature for quite a while. It’s made of a heavy-weight metal so there’s some sturdiness to it. We’ve used these for all sorts of uses other than beer, but they work as advertised for that.

8. Moerlein Lager House Beer Tokens

Pretty much any better beer location will be happy to sell you a gift certificate, but the Moerlein Lager House Beer tokens are unique. It’s the sort of gift that will elicit a confused look at first, but joy upon realizing what they’re for. One token, one beer. How cool is that? The only downside is that they’re so cool, you don’t want to turn them in. In the end you do, of course, because … beer.

9. Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer by Maureen Ogle

This is one of the best books on the history of beer in America. We both love it so much that we own both the paperback and Kindle versions of it. Maureen Ogle is a professional historian who researches obsessively but writes accessibly. Her work is partly responsible for spreading the word about Jack McAuliffe’s early contributions to craft brewing. It’s a book that cover a lot of ground in an easy-to-access volume and when you’ve finished it you’ll be even more impressed with what the craft brewers are pulling off with today’s small-brewery revolution.

10. The Oxford Companion to Beer

Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver edited this volume that’s equal part reference book and lightning rod. You don’t have to do much Googling to find people who have nits to pick with the book, but when you dig into a given issue yourself you’ll generally find that the OCB is reporting a consensus view of topics that are difficult to summarize. In one volume you’ll find discussions of technical issues pertaining to brewing, extensive descriptions of styles, the histories of important beers and breweries and a lot more.

Happy Father’s Day to all the better beer loving Dads out there!