The father who enjoys his time in the fresh air but still pauses to savor the moment may like these portable, canned beers that can be enjoyed around the campfire.
Oskar Blues Brewery founder Dale Katechis was the man who made canned beer cool again with his Dale's Pale Ale. However, don't overlook Old Chub, a scotch ale described as "brewed with dash of Beachwood-smoked malt."
San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery Brew Free or Die IPA gets a lot of attention for its creative beer names and unique can designs. Still, this IPA will give your dad a hop bite he can take with him on go.
Shandies and Radlers—beers mixed with a soft drink or juice—are divisive among beer purists. If that's Dad's thing, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy dominates the market. Each year, more breweries are hopping on this lemonade/beer mixture bandwagon, making more of them available.
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Boulevard Brewing puts its own spin on the classic shandy style by making the Ginger Lemon Radler. It adds just enough ginger to break up the lemon sweetness, and the result is an easy-drinking, refreshing summer drink.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Hefe Shandy: The base for this is the classic Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen. Lemon drop hops and has some of the sweetness you'd expect in a shandy, but is more beer-like than the typical shandy offering.
Hop drinkers who don't want to lose their edge can partake of the crop of lower alcohol "session" beers on the market this summer.
Founders Brewing's All Day IPA was one of the first to offer a lower alcohol offering as a "session" brew, and helped popularize that craze. Many have followed, yet few have matched the success of the original.
Harpoon Brewing was among the first brewers in the Northeast to rally around the now ubiquitous IPA style. This summer, they are dialing it down a notch with its Take 5 Session IPA.
For the dad who is likes to dabble in all styles, sour ales are a good way to help him push his beer boundaries.
Goose Island's Brewing Juliet is fermented with wild yeast, and aged in wine barrels with "9,000 pounds of blackberries." Part of Goose Island's "Sour Sisters" series of beers, this tart and fruity beer is a good way for dad to expand his palette.
Odell Brewing Friek is American wild ale that ferments several ales with wild yeast and tart cherries. The blend is then aged in oak barrels with fresh raspberries, and added to the final blending. The result is beer that is both sweet and sour.