Growlers, Specialty Beers and Brewery Tours - With growlers, steins and mugs that can be personalized, plus 20 draft beers to include in your growler, Growler Room has it all for any beer loving dad. For the dad who likes to host dinner parties, the selection of specialty beers from Whole Foods and Central Market is an instant win. Last but not least, many of the local breweries offer tours and tastings, something that would be a slice of heaven for the beer aficionado, especially if you offer to be the designated driver. Try Hops & Grain, Jester King, Adelbert's, Live Oak Brewing and Independence Brewing.
BBQ tools, BBQ to go and a BBQ Bash - The thrill of the grill. Most hardcore barbecuers have all their tried and true gear lined up, but it might be time to replace a few things, like the grill tools. There are lots of places like Williams Sonoma or Crate & Barrel that have nice tools, but a local alternative is Barbeque Mercantile. For the dad who doesn't live in Austin (or neighboring area) and wish he did, here are some places that offer barbeque shipped overnight: Cooper's, County Line and Salt Lick (he will have to make the trek out here to experience Franklin and the other top local joints). Finally, two tickets to the BBQ Bash at Travassa the day before Father's Day. Perfect for dad and his buddy who adore beer and barbeque.
Fishing Trip for 2 - Does your dad love fishing? Then he probably wouldn't mind a fishing get away. For those interested in deep sea fishing, try Captain Murphy's Fishing Charters in South Padre Island (never tried, but highly ranked on TripAdvisor). An avid fisherman friend recommended Kingerfisher Inn and Guide Services which specializes in fly fishing in the Laguna Madre area in South Texas.
Gift card to Barley Swine - Even if your dad or husband hasn't been to Bryce Gilmore's amazing restaurant, it is sure to become a new favorite. Reservations are available on a limited basis Monday through Thursday between 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m .- 9:00 p.m. for those not willing to brave the line.
Beans and Leaves - Are coffee and tea his passion? The Chemex Drip Coffee Maker might be the update he needs to make the perfect cup of joe. Be sure to include some beans from Cuvee found at Caffe Medici, Houndstooth and Whole Foods. If tea is his thing, step into The Steeping Room and let the pros there help you pick out the best tea to suit his taste. Teapots and other accoutrements also available.