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



Get outside with dad in your own backayrd, to a National Park, or even to a foregin country with one of REI’s excursions // Photo via REI Facebook page

Trek Travel Bike Trips

For the avid cyclist or the weekend adventurer, check out Trek Travel‘s list of curated bike tours. They bike through just about every part of the U.S. and beyond, and some of the trips even make stops at breweries along the way.

REI Excursions

For the outdoorsy dad, check out REI’s excursions to National Parks and even foreign countries. Hike, camp, and get up close and personal with the wilderness in a new part of the world.

Beer Dabbler Tickets


Tickets to the 5th Annual Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride (June 24, Loring Park) or 8th Annual Summer Beer Dabbler (August 20, CHS Field) make the perfect gift for the craft beer loving dad // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Does your dad drink beer? Well, of course he does. So bring him down to Loring Park for the Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride on Friday, June 24.

Pond Fishing

Do you want to go fishing with Dad, but don’t have the tools (or have small kids you can’t leave behind)? No worries: Head to Bullfrog Fish Farm south of Menomonie, Wisconsin, and catch your Father’s Day dinner.

Brewing: Home or Away

Does your pops need a little encouragement to dive into homebrewing? Get him a 1-gallon starter kit from Northern Brewer. If he’s already a homebrewer, help subsidize his new mass index reflectometer with a gift card.

Or, if he wants to scratch his brewing itch, but mom doesn’t want the basement full of kettles and carboys, brew with your dad at Vine Park. While you’re there, head across West 7th to Bennett’s for some R&D while your brew is boiling.

St. Paul Saints Baseball

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Tickets to a Saints game are a great, affordable option for the sports loving dad // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Apologies to the “professional” team across the river, but the St. Paul Saints are playing the best ball in Minnesota these days. Get your tickets now (and make sure to grab a pint and a slice at Big River Pizza before first pitch.)

Minnesota United Tailgate

Maybe your dad isn’t quite on board with the idea of professional soccer yet. Well, we’re guessing he’s definitely on board with tailgating. Get tickets, dust off your mini-Weber, and introduce your dad to one of the finest fan experiences in Minnesota sports.

Extreme Sandbox

You might have got mom a massage for Mother’s Day, but what’s the equivalent cathartic outing for Dad? Driving bulldozers and excavators at Extreme Sandbox in Hastings.

Hot Shave at Heimie’s

A professional straight-razor shave is one of life’s most underrated pleasures. Book him an appointment at Heimie’s Haberdashery.



It’s the little things that count, and walnut deskware from Grovemade is the perfect way to a a little class to dad’s home office // Photo by Kevin Kramer

Shopping at John Henry

Drink a local craft beer while you shop for Dad at John Henry in White Bear Lake. He’ll love pretty much everything in the place, but pay special attention to the non-iron button-ups from Mizzen & Main, and the bridle leather wallets from Filson, which only look better with age.

Ties from Mill City Fineries

It’s the classic Dad’s Day gift, sure, but now that you’re all grown up and have a sense of style, get him a tie he’ll actually want to wear from Mill City Fineries.

Beer Dabbler Store


The remodeled Beer Dabbler Store at 1095 W. 7th Street in St. Paul // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Our fully revamped retail outlet has new shirts and new gear—there’s something for every beer-loving dad like a Craft Beer Tasting Kit for doing your own blind tastings, the largest selction of glassware from Minnesota breweries around, and lots more in their Father’s Day Gift Guide.

Grovemade Desk Ware

Help transform his office from shabby to chic with the help of the gorgeous walnut deskware at Grovemade.

Leatherworks MN

Belts, camera straps, wallets, and more: get Dad the timeless look of well-crafted leather from Leatherworks Minnesota.

Frost River

If you already have a summer of camping planned, make sure Dad is well outfitted with packs, bags, and accessories from Frost River.

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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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