Win Dad’s Day with The Growler’s Gift Guide


Grovemade’s walnut deskware can instantly transform dad’s office from shabby to chic // Photo by Kevin Kramer, The Growler Magazine

Father’s Day is a week from Sunday, and there may not be a harder holiday for shopping. Dads are famously self-reliant. They’re dads—they’ve already taken care of everything!

So what do you get the man who usually gets everything himself? How about a chance to maneuver a 26-ton excavator? How about a bike trip between breweries in Vermont? Or maybe just an afternoon drinking beer with his children at CHS Field?

Get him something novel and unexpected, something he might never have considered he needed. To help you decide, here are some of our favorite suggestions for eating, drinking, being merry, and celebrating dad.


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A gift certificate to Quetopia BBQ Supplies in Minnetonka is perfect for the grillmaster dad // Photo by Daniel Murphy

Carnivore Club

Meat-of-the-month clubs are nothing new, but Carnivore Club is better than average—curating a terrific selection of artisan salumi, charcuterie, sausages, and more. One-time boxes or subscriptions are available.

Donuts at Mucci’s

Just think about how many times your dad dragged himself out of bed because you were crying about God knows what. Now, drag yourself out of bed and snag him some donuts at Mucci’s (Saturday and Sunday), starting at 8am until they’re gone (which is shortly afterwards).

Coffee Booster

If your dad isn’t much of a breakfast-eater, get him a jar of Coffee Booster for the office. This locally made coffee additive is a blend of grass-fed ghee (clarified butter), coconut oil, and raw cacao powder. All he has to do is mix a tablespoon into his morning joe (with a milk frother), and the blend of healthy fats will leave him satisfied until lunchtime.


If your dad is the neighborhood grillmaster, give him a gift certificate to Quetopia BBQ Supplies in Minnetonka. There, he’ll find all kinds of rubs, marinades, and wood chips to experiment with, and you’ll reap the meaty rewards all summer long. (You might as well get him a gift card to Lowry Hill Meats to complete the experience.)

Farmers’ Market Trip


Poutine from Red River Food Truck at Linden Hills Farmers Market // Photo via Linden Hills Farmers Market Facebook page

If you want to spend a day eating and cooking with Dad, take him to the Linden Hills Farmers’ Market in the morning, get some Honey & Rye pastries and some Bootstrap Coffee while you browse (make that some Red Wagon Pizza or a Hot Indian indurrito if it’s closer to lunchtime), and pick up some meat and veggies for dinner (Tollefson pork is always a good bet).

Cooking Classes

Here are some upcoming culinary classes of note that Dad will appreciate. Check out Kitchen Window, Kitchen In The Market, and Cooks of Crocus Hill for full listings:

Ribs, Rubs and Revelry: Chef Manfred Krug teaches four different ways to prepare ribs, plus all the fixings (June 22)

Party BBQ: Cuban Pig Roast: Get your fill of lechon asado, empanadas, plantain nachos, coconut chicken, and more (July 9)

Butchery in the Market: Join Kyle Bultinck of Corner Table in breaking down an entire lamb, making sausages, and drinking beer (July 10)

Thai Curries: Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek makes arguably the finest curries in the Twin Cities; learn how to make pad prik khing straight from the master (July 26)

Chef’s Night Off: Chris Uhrich of Mucci’s: Take a deep dive on all things Italian and delicious (September 19)

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About John Garland

John Garland is the Deputy Editor at the Growler Magazine. Find him on twitter (@johnpgarland) or in every coffee shop on West 7th Street.

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