Ties. Socks. Money clips. Father’s Day gifts are notoriously lacking. Instead of giving dad the same old golfing supplies this year, why not try introducing him to a new hobby: home brewing. For beer lovers, there’s nothing better than the ability to create their own brews right at home and getting started is not as hard as you might think.
Homebrewing may sound pretty complicated as far as hobbies go. However there are now beginner kits that make brewing beer easy and accessible. One of the best ways to get brewing quickly is with one of Mr. Beer’s home brewing kits.
Mr. Beer offers a number of packages that will not only allow you to find the gift that’s right for your budget but also choose a starter flavor that your father or husband will love. Each brewing kit comes with a keg-style fermenting bucket and all of the ingredients needed to brew a batch of delicious tasting beer. Additionally deluxe kits include resealable plastic bottles perfect for keeping the brew fresh in the refrigerator until it’s ready for drinking.
If you want to go the extra mile with your gift, Mr. Beer offers dozens of flavors your loved one can make right at home. From malty Irish stouts to hop-heavy IPAs you’ll be able to find a recipe your beer lover will be excited to try. There are even flavors modeled after some of the most popular craft beers on the market, making those expensive six-packs a thing of the past.
When your home brewer is ready to take their hobby to the next level, there is plenty of room for them to grow. Of course this also means that there are additional gifts for you to buy down the road. If your loved one has outgrown their equipment, here are some ideas to keep them entertained.
In terms of skill, one step up from the Mr. Beer kits are those made by Brooklyn Brew Shop. Unlike the Mr. Beer kits that utilize hopped-malt extracts these kits require the brewer to manually mix all of their ingredients including grains, hops, and yeast. Brooklyn Brew Shop also offers some unique flavors for their brew kits such as Chocolate Maple Porter to Jalapeno Saison. If that’s a bit too adventurous for dad, you can’t go wrong with their standard Everyday IPA.
When your home brewer really wants to up their game they’ll also have to ramp up the size of their production. For that there are beer equipment kits from Home Brew Ohio. When coupled with ingredients such as True Brews Oktoberfest, Hefeweizen, or Pilsner sets, these supplies will allow your beer lover to not only brew five gallons at a time but also get to experiment and create their own beer. With dad brewing that much beer, be sure to pick him up some extra bottles to keep it all fresh and stored properly.
No matter how skilled your father or husband gets at home brewing, there’s always more to learn. With that in mind adding books about the hobby to your Father’s Day gift is an idea he’s sure to appreciate. After all, just like every cook or baker needs a good cookbook, every home brewer could use some inspiration as well.
First up is The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian. This book will not only give dad a deeper appreciation for beer but also includes easy-to-follow recipes for him to try. In the same vein is James Houston’s Homebrewing: A Complete Guide on How to Brew Beer at Home. This book contains over a dozen recipes as well as other homebrewing resources that will come in handy as they grow with the hobby.
For those dads with a bit of a wild streak there’s Experimental Homebrewing: Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer. In this book Drew Beechum and Denny Conn will teach your beer lover how to incorporate such items as bacon, peanut butter, and mushroom into uniquely brewed concoctions. Whether you choose to play guinea pig to these creations is up to you, but at least dad will have fun tapping into his creative side.
Give the Gift of Home Brewing
This Father’s Day why not give dad something he’ll actually enjoy: A home brewing kit. Your dad or husband will love gaining a new hobby and becoming part of growing community. Best of all, once you’ve initiated dad as a home brewer, you’ll have gift ideas for many holidays to come.