Father’s Day Gifts: It’s all about beer and sports

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Father’s Day is coming up Sunday, so each day this week we’ve got some gift ideas that might inspire you when you’re looking for something to please the No. 1 man in your life.

OK, dare to tell us that this Elmira Brew Master Draft System fridge with a built-in brew dispenser isn’t every dad’s dream. I mean, forget mini fridges. Let him do it up right in the man cave with this full-size icebox that comes complete with (drumroll) a draft system with a through-the-door dispenser that taps into a keg of his favorite brew. It may be seriously dangerous to place ice-cold beer at pop’s fingertips like this, but what hasn’t he done for us? Choose from this sleek 1950s-inspired design or two other Northstar models, in three sizes and nine amazing colors, including mint green and robin’s egg blue. From $2,995; Call (800) 295-8498 to order; more details at


A game of catch with this handmade old-school football should lure him out of the cave and away from that tap. If these pigskins are good enough for the Kennedys and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (we’ll throw in Jimmy Kimmel too, just for good measure), then they’re good enough for dear old Dad. Leather Head’s heirloom-quality Handsome Dan footballs are hand-sewn from the very finest American leather, and their supple feel and vintage look only gets better with time. $110 at, Reform School in Silver Lake or Craft Workwear in West Hollywood.

If he’s more of a baseball kind of guy, throw him a fast one with this luxe Bergino baseball, handmade to professional standards. While the red crocodile-embossed leather may not suit every dad’s style, there are plenty of other options. The signature suede balls come in every color imaginable and even in a cool camouflage pattern. $25 at

--Ingrid Schmidt

Photos: From top, Elmira Brew Master Draft System refrigerator, courtesy of Elmira Stove Works; Handsome Dan football, courtesy of Leather Head Sports; Bergino baseball, courtesy of Bergino.


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