Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018

With Father’s Day approaching, it’s time to get your gifting ideas in order. For dads who like tinkering with gadgets or those who simply want to kick back and drink in style, we’ve plenty of options.

No. 617 Smoke and Spice BBQ Rub
Smoked black tea meets Korean chili pepper, caco nibs and juniper berries in this spicy rub from Steven Smith Teamaker. The spice mix adds a delicious depth to meats and fish, or try a dash in a Bloody Mary. $14.99, smithtea.com

Clay Espresso Cups
From East Fork Pottery, these espresso cups are made by hand with minimally refined clay. Each one holds 3 oz. of liquid, and they’re dishwasher- and microwave-safe, so you could also use them to sip saké or spirits. $16, eastforkpottery.com

Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out: Goose Island, Anheuser-Busch, and How Craft Beer Became Big Business
Chicago Tribune writer Josh Noel delves into the history of the city’s most iconic brewery Goose Island in this fascinating treatise. With thoughtful reflection on how big brewery acquisitions are changing the industry, it’s a must-read for any craft beer buff. $17, amazon.com

Manual Leather Bar Blade
A back-pocket bottle opener for dads on the go, the Manual Bar Blade is made from Horween leather that is built to age beautifully. $35, manual.is

Robert Simonson’s Old Fashioned Kit
Cocktail Kingdom joined forces with Old Fashioned author and writer Robert Simonson to create this clever cocktail kit. Inspired by by late 19th- and early 20th-century designs, the package comes with a wooden muddler, two glasses and barspoon. $50, cocktailkingdom.com

10 Bottle IPA Basket
From LA’s Craft Beer Kings, this mystery 10-pack will leave dad sipping the country’s best IPAs for days. $60, craftbeerkings.com

Three Dots and a Dash Tiki Mug
For the tiki fan in the family, these limited-edition mugs from Three Dots and a Dash were designed by the talented crew at Tiki Farm. $75, threedotschicago.com

Breville Smoking Gun 
For the mad scientist dad, this smoking gun is a fun and easy way to add a light layer of smoke to cocktails. Wood chips burn in an interior chamber, while the flexible hose infuses smoke into the desired drink (or food). $100, williams-sonoma.com

Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond
It wouldn’t be a Father’s Day gift guide without a great whiskey rec, so we’re including this new bottled-in-bond release from Heaven Hill as an upscale option for the dad who loves a good bourbon. The first in a series that will release each spring and fall, this Old Fitzgerald is aged 11 years and bottled at 100 proof. With a sweet aroma of vanilla and stone fruit, followed by notes of leather and spice, it could be well enjoyed solo on ice or in a simple Old Fashioned. $110

Aarke Sparkling Water Maker
Another great DIY option, this home carbonater from Aarke makes creating bubbly sodas or cocktails a breeze. The space-saving model is easy to use, and easy on the eyes, too. $200, aarke.com


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