Bob Barnes

The Best Beers & Ales for Dad

Presented in alphabetical order


1.. Bell’s Lager of the Lakes

Bell's Lager Beer

Origin: Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Beer type: Pale Lager
Price: $9 for six-pack 12 oz.
ABV: 5%
Brewed byBell’s Brewery

Perfect for boat rides, baseball games and backyard barbecues, Bell’s Lager of the Lakes is a no-frills, easy-drinking brew.

Crafted with Pils and Munich malts in the style of Bohemian pilsners, the lager is matured in fermentation vessels for six weeks. Aromas of citrus fruit and sweet malt mingle with notes of floral, grassy hops. The palate starts off slightly bitter before transitioning to smooth malty flavors with notes of sweet corn. A subtly spicy finish is rounded out with the bite of bitter hops. The brew’s light and crisp body makes it a great thirst-quencher for any summer day.

2. Garage Cold Brew Coffee Milk Stout

Garage Cold Brew Coffee Milk Stout

Origin: Temecula, CA, USA
Beer type: Stout
Price: $6.50 for 22 oz.
ABV: 7.1%
Brewed byGarage Brewing Co.

Two things many dads enjoy are beer and coffee, and this brew offers a bit of both.

Made with fair-trade roasted beans from Mostra Coffee, a San Diego artisan micro-roasting company, cold brew coffee and beans are added to the beer post-fermentation. Dad will love the combination of dark roasted barley malts with the flavor of rich coffee. And if he likes cream and sugar in his coffee, the addition of lactose helps to add sweetness and smooth out the roasty profile. While it likely won’t replace Dad’s morning cup of joe, it may turn out to be his choice for dessert.

3. Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale

Origin: Chicago, IL, USA
Beer type: Wheat Ale
Price: $14 for 12-pack 12 oz.
ABV: 4.2%
Brewed byGoose Island

Characterized by the spicy citrus profile of Cascade hops, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale offers a pleasant blend of fruit and wheat.

Scents of tart lemon and biscuit malt create a balanced and clean aroma. The ale’s smooth body is complemented by flavors of honey, lemon peel and bready sweetness, which resolve in a palate-cleansing finish. Pair this fruity ale with a light and spicy dish for the ideal summer meal.

4. Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Hiwa Porter

Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter

Origin: Kihei, HI, USA
Beer type: Porter
Price: $10 for four-pack 12 oz.
ABV: 6%
Brewed byMaui Brewing Co.

Get a taste of Hawaii with this distinctly island-style porter.

Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Hiwa Porter is the first beer made with hand-toasted Hawaiian coconut along with six varieties of malted barley and hops. This robust porter boasts initial aromas of roasted malt, nutmeg and kola nut, with background notes of vanilla and coconut. Flavors of roasted coffee, caramel malt and chocolate pervade the silky, full-bodied brew. Notes of burnt coconut linger on the palate before resolving in a hoppy, spicy finish. Pair this porter with coconut-infused foods for the ultimate slice of tropical paradise.

5. North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner

North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner

Origin: Fort Bragg, CA, USA
Beer type: Pilsner
Price: $9 for six-pack 12 oz.
ABV: 4.7%
Brewed byNorth Coast Brewing Co.

The refreshing and crisp North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner is perfect for a warm summer day.

Brewed according to European tradition with Munich malt and a blend of Hallertauer and Tettnang hops, this honey-golden pilsner opens with floral and citrus scents and a strong aroma of hops. On the palate, light flavors of pale malt mingle with hints of sweet honey. This light and lively brew ends with a dry finish that will leave you wanting more.

6. O’Hara’s Irish Stout

O'Hara's Irish Stout

Beer type: Stout
Price: $9 for four-pack 11.2 oz.
ABV: 4.3%
Brewed byCarlow Brewing Company

There’s a reason why O’Hara’s Irish Stout is touted as Carlow Brewing Company’s signature beer.

This award-winning stout is brewed with highly roasted malt, hence its dark and creamy complexion. It offers aromas of coffee bean and cocoa powder, with an underlying current of roasted malt and floral hops. The notes of coffee, chocolate, malt and hops continue on the palate, adding to a robust body with a clean mouthfeel and a pleasantly light and dry finish.

7. Oskar Blues Brewery Oskar’s Lager

Oskar Blues Brewery Oskar’s Lager

Origin: Longmont, Colorado, USA
Beer type: American Pale Lager
Price: $17 for 12 oz 15-pack
ABV: 4.2%
Brewed byOskar Blues

A beer that won’t put on the pounds while you pound the suds.

After its founding in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft-beer-in-a-can apocalypse with their popular Dale’s Pale Ale. Now the craft beer pioneer has brought forth a beer that won’t put on the pounds while you pound the suds. This American Pale Lager logs in at 95 calories, 2.5 carbs. It’s brewed with Pilsner malt, toasted rice and Czech Saaz hops using German lager techniques, resulting in a crisp, clean, refreshing easy drinking beer that lives up to its marketing tagline “the everyday craft beer you count on through thick and thin.”

8. Rogue Cold Brew IPA

Rogue Cold Brew IPA

Origin: Newport, OR, USA
Beer type: IPA
Price: $10 for six-pack 12 oz.
ABV: 7.5%
Brewed byRogue

There’s no such thing as subtle when it comes to the Rogue Cold Brew IPA.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ double-filtered, 12-hour cold brew and Rogue’s farm-grown hops come together for a bold and brazen alliance in this flavor-packed IPA. The roasted, nutty aroma of coffee engulfs the nose with a hint of earthy hops. Floral and citrus notes pair nicely with the cold brew flavor profile on the palate. Though the combination of beer and coffee is no longer revolutionary at this point, Rogue Cold Brew IPA proves that this type of ale can still impress.

9. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Origin: Chico, CA, USA
Beer type: American Pale Ale
Price: $10 for six-pack 12 oz.
ABV: 5.6%
Brewed bySierra Nevada

Dubbed by some as the forefather of American craft beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale remains as popular as ever today.

The brand’s iconic pale ale started in the 1980’s as a homebrew made with Cascade hops, which add intense citrus and pine aromas. The use of such hops was rare at the time and helped pave the way for hoppier American pale ales. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale offers aromatic floral and spice notes followed by a clean and crisp finish, making it a favorite of beer drinkers around the world.