Now that L.A. Beer Week has moved to June, the celebration of craft brewing coincides with the celebration of fatherhood, and what better way to show your appreciation than sharing a special brew with dad on Sunday? From beer festivals to beer brunches to beer-and-burger battles, here are plenty of options for craft beer events on Father’s Day. And check out the L.A. Beer Week calendar for more.
Angel City Brewery — Father’s Day Food Truck and Music Fest
From noon to 8 p.m., the anchor of the Arts District brewing scene will host five food trucks and four bands, along with games and of course plenty of ACB’s continually evolving brews. Try the Lo-Lo wheat beer brewed with loquats from Malibu to beat the heat. 216 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles, (213) 622-1261, angelcitybrewery.com
Far Bar — Hangover Brunch
Not far from Angel City in Little Tokyo, Far Bar will serve up a special brunch menu, beer-mosas and micheladas, and a special tap list with plenty of local favorites — think hard-to-find brews like Beachwood Brewing’s Hopular Mechanics IPA, Bonkers IPA from Highland Park Brewery, and the official beer of L.A. Beer Week: UNITY. 347 E 1st St., Los Angeles, (213) 617-9990, farbarla.com
Phantom Carriage Brewery — Vinyl Brunch
The South Bay sour beer producers will offer a brunch menu, beer cocktails and one-off specialty brews, and you can bring your dad’s favorite album (old-school vinyl only) to play while taking a tour of the brewery and cellar. Celebration starts at noon, and reservations are recommended. 18525 South Main Street, Carson, (310) 538-5834, phantomcarriage.com
MacLeod’s Ale Co. — Cask and Ye Shall Receive
The bastion of English beer styles and cask presentations in the Valley is celebrating their first anniversary with a cask beer festival on Father’s Day. The ticketed event is split into three sessions (1-4 p.m., 4-7 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.), and prices range from just $15 for five drink tickets to $50 for unlimited pours during one session (and some shwag). The first session also features an educational panel on cask ales featuring local brewers, and there will be 15 McLeod's beers available, along with casks from more than a dozen guest breweries. 14741 Calvert St., Van Nuys, (818) 631-1963, macleodale.com
Eagle Rock Public House — Clash of the Burger Titans
L.A. burger legends faceoff on neutral ground, and Dad’s the winner. Andre Guerrero of the Oinkster takes on Head Chef Kenny Cazares and Chef/Owner Ryan Harkins of Grill ‘Em All The losing team will have to serve the winning burger at their restaurant for the next month. There’s also a special-release Eagle Rock Brewery beer to celebrate; the burgers will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (after which the regular pub menu will be served). 1627 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 739-0081, eaglerockpublichouse.com
As craft beer continues to skyrocket in popularity, there are more and more gadgets of dubious utility hitting the market. From a machine that uses soundwaves to froth up a pint (and makes the brew go flat in the process) to all manners of overwrought bottle openers, bottle chillers and bottle bags, most of these items will find their way to the back of the closet before next Father’s Day rolls around. Here are a few suggestions for tried-and-tested beer gifts that your dad will love — and may actually use.
Proper Glassware — What’s your pop’s favorite beer style? Why not get him a couple of glasses designed to highlight that style’s qualities? Spiegelau now makes beer glasses for IPAs, stouts and American wheat beers, while Libbey makes a great six-piece set that will cover Dad for anything that’s in the fridge.
A New Growler — Your old man will be the envy of the taproom with one of these high-end stainless steel growlers from Kleen Kanteen, and the $70 insulated 64-ounce bail-top jug is the top-of-the-line (just confirm that your dad’s favorite brewery will fill these bottles first). If you’d prefer glass, this heavy duty two-liter version is recommended.
Homebrewing — Leave the MR. BEER kits on the shelf; if you want a one-box introduction to homebrewing for Dad, give him one of the beer-making kits from the Brooklyn Brew Shop. These setups have all the ingredients and most of the hardware Dad will need to make one gallon of beer in a variety of styles, and the kits are available at many local retailers such as BevMo, Sunset Beer Co. and Bed Bath & Beyond.
A Special Brew — Your dad would probably rather just share a beer with you than get any of the things above, and why not make that brew a special one? Belgium’s lauded St. Bernardus has released a special oak-aged version of their sublime ABT12, and the deep fruity character of the strong dark ale finds a fitting partner in oak. It’s not a cheap bottle, but Dad’s worth it.