Get crafty on Father’s Day

fathers-day-clip-art-30-beerFather’s Day is fast approaching this Sunday, and we have planned the perfect day for dad. Celebrate with what you know he will love – family time and quality craft brews.

Start the day by bonding with Dad over a bucket of worms and a six pack of beer. And on your fishing trip, what could be more apropos than dipping your toes in the Tennessee River while sipping on a beer brewed along those same waters in Chattanooga by the Big River Brewing Company. For a clean, easy-to-drink and light-bodied beer, try Seven States Pilsner. Or kick up the flavor with House Brand I.P.A., a well-balanced and aromatic beer with subtle hints of citrus.

Playing catch with your father is a time-honored American tradition, and in the heat of June, it won’t be long until he is ready to cool down with an ice-cold Curious Traveler Shandy, the flagship beer of The Traveler Beer Company. Cool, crisp and refreshing, this mix of ale and lemon-lime will quench any thirst. For thirsty kids enjoying the outdoors with dad, Hubert’s Lemonade, available in a variety of intriguing nonalcoholic flavors, is tart, sweet and irresistible on a hot day.

Building a birdhouse is a great activity for the handy fathers out there. Inspire your dad by passing him a Shiner White Wing – described by Shiner, Texas-based Spoetzl Brewery as a “delightfully odd bird.” This Belgian wheat ale is true to form, brewed with authentic Belgian yeast and hints of coriander and orange peel.

As the day winds down, give dad the couch and the remote – and an Upside Down Blonde Ale. A hybrid style pilsner/wheat-based beer created by Flat 12 Bierwerks, it is unique, complex and easy to drink.

If you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift, grab Dad some tickets to Knoxville Brewfest coming up on Saturday, June 21. You can also impress him with your knowledge of the national holiday in his honor.

Father’s Day was created as a complement to Mother’s Day, and the first one was celebrated in the United States on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. The holiday was proposed by Sonora Dodd who, having been raised by a widowed father and having listened to an inspirational sermon about Mother’s Day, felt there should be a similar holiday for fathers.

The idea eventually spread across the country, and, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday in June to be the first official Father’s Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon made it a permanent national holiday.

Show fathers, grandfathers, uncles and father-figures how important they are this Sunday. Give him a quality hug. Give him a quality beer. And, as always, drink responsibly!