Happy Father’s Day from CraftBeer.com

By Andy Sparhawk

We certainly hope you’ll be toasting the dads in your life with an American craft beer this Father’s Day, but these patriarchal-themed beers will make for an extra special salute! Here are seven beers brewed with dads in mind and a short description from each brewery.

Cheers to all the beer-loving dads this Father’s Day and a huge shout out to the craft brewers who find a way to balance fatherhood and brewing!

Seven Perfect Pints for Dad

Big Black VooDoo Daddy | VooDoo Brewing Co. | Meadville, PA

A big, viscous Russian imperial stout rich in notes of chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee and dark fruits. BBVD is hopped with Chinook, Northern Brewer and Cascade to add a subtle bitterness to this robust ale.

Big Daddy IPA | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers | San Francisco, CA

Big Daddy IPA is a generously dry-hopped yet surprisingly drinkable American-style India pale ale. Poured into a standard American pint glass, the beer is a golden straw color, with tight carbonation and a slightly off-white head that leaves a lovely lacing. The aroma is floral, fresh grass, pine needles, grapefruit and subtle notes of fresh bread. Also available: Double Daddy.

Dad’s Little Helper | Rogue Ales | Newport, OR

Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA is deep mahogany in color with roasted malt and hop aromas and a dense creamy head. It enters the palate with intense hop flavor and coats the tongue with a rich maltiness.

Dad’s Oatmeal Stout | Geaghan Brothers Brewing | Bangor, ME

This oatmeal stout is full bodied and silky smooth with coffee-like aromas.  Additions of Chinook and U.S. Goldings hops give balance and moderate bitterness to this rich, dark beer.

Hoosier Daddy | New Albanian Brewing Co. | New Albany, IN

Dubbed a “crimson & cream ale,” this seasonal is medium-bodied, with overall balance favoring malt, and a slightly sweet edge.

Hop Daddy IPA | Main Street Brewery | Corona, CA

This IPA was the winner of a bronze and silver medal in 2008 and 2000, respectively, at the Great American Beer Festival in the English-Style India Pale Ale category.

Andy Sparhawk, the Brewers Association's craft beer program coordinator, is a Certified Cicerone® and BJCP Beer Judge. He lives in Arvada, Colorado where he is a homebrewer and avid craft beer enthusiast. On occasion, Andy is inspired to write on his experiences with craft beer, and if they are not too ridiculous, you might see the results here on CraftBeer.com.

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