Guide to craft beer your dad will love this Father's Day
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- 10 June 2016
Get your dad something he will really enjoy, instead of the usual tie and socks combo... beer, of course
This Father’s Day get your dad something he will really enjoy. Instead of the usual tie and socks combo, why not broaden his horizons and let him indulge in some new flavours with a box a craft beer from Beer52
Buying gifts for Dad can be tricky and we all know that one of the best ways to treat your Dad this Father’s Day is to pop round and spend some quality time with him. So we thought, why not improve that by bringing beer? Or in this case sending him a box right to his door, no need to even carry them up the driveway.
Dads are creatures of habit, and sometimes a little stuck in their ways (although they might be loathed to admit it); always ordering the same beer down the pub, keeping it simple. It can be difficult to see how craft beer and dads go together but craft beer should not be leaving dads behind. After all it probably has a lot to thank them for, their drinking of beer over the decades has helped to bring about this beer revolution. But for many it is seen as a bit of a fad or something just for hipsters with top knots and moustaches. It's not, it's for everyone!
Craft beer has been around a lot longer than many people think and it is not going anywhere so like many things dads might not be comfortable with like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter (I think I can see a pattern emerging) craft beer is here to stay and it would be shame for them to miss out on the fun.
So here's Beer52’s quick guide to craft beer for dads:
IPAs and Pale Ales
The styles that have defined the craft beer revolution. This style really has been influenced by the States. Although IPAs originated in the UK, it is the US that has really shaped this style as we know it today. Packed full of hops, lasting bitterness, ranging from ultra light pales to high ABV double IPAs, these styles are perfect for any hophead.
Armadillo (Tempest). A 21st century session pale ale. Light and fruity from the hops this is an easy drinking pale. Orange citrus and big hop flavours mellow out to more tropical notes. A real showcase of North American hops.
Bleddyn (Celt Experience). A booming IPA with big fruity flavours alongside resinous pine. A true taste experience.
The great thing about these beers is there is so much variation, whether it is strength, the hops used, the malt bill or the yeast strain there is something out there for everyone. At Beer52, we like to push the boundaries so we decided to craft source a beer with our members and what we came up with was a true variation on the style.
Them & Us (Vocation & Beer52). A red Session IPA called Them & Us. It uses a load of Mosaic hops from West Coast USA but kept at a sessionable strength and given a wonderful ruby red colour from the malts. The sweetness from the malts balances perfectly with the tropical fruit flavours from the hops.
Classic British beers are making a comeback in the craft beer world. Gone are the days where British beer is only associated with bland, murky, warm cask ale. British beers range from milds, bitters, golden ales, brown ales etc. Although to many they are seen as the perfect old man drink (maybe Dad should start with this one), done well they can be just as exciting as anything coming over from across the pond.
Over the Hill Mild (Hillside Brewery). Some might argue that this is more of a real ale than a craft beer (let’s not open that can of worms or we will be here all day) but to us it is simply a really great beer. Although a dark, it is still suitably refreshing with easy going flavours and a hint of smokiness. This is the perfect beer for any commercial lager convert.