Think back to when you were a kid. How many of us first experienced beer as that off-limit section of our fridge; as Daddy’s mysterious canned beverage. Surely advertising emphasized the point, but has beer adopted its “manly” image because of our fathers?
Let’s go back to the blue-collar days when “the man of the house” would come home, crack open a can, kick off the shoes, and reap his award for a hard day’s work. This is not a new tradition. There is a proverb used by winemakers: “It takes a lot of beer to make good wine.” Men working on the harvest would drink beer throughout their work shift to help keep them lively and refreshed. And to this day the proverb holds true; even in the world-renowned SB wine community. Our local Telegraph Brewing made a special beer before for the wine industry during the harvest time that is not released to the public. Their Harvest Ale is brewed with a proportion of rye that adds a crisp spiciness that can cut through the summer sun. Nobody captured the mood of the day-laborer better than Pieter Bruegel, who painted the workers’ relationship with beer in the 16th century. The Brouwerij-Van-Steenberge even brews a beer called Bruegel that provides a nurturing caramel malt quality with a refreshing lightness; ideal for a hard days work.
Appreciating good beer and good company.
I commonly get asked what my favorite beer is. Normally I dance around the topic and throw out a couple prepared answers, however I feel the far more relevant question is: who is your favorite person to drink with? And with that answer I will not hesitate to state: my father.
No one has been more supportive of my beer career than my dad. Because the conversation where you tell your parents that you essentially want to serve and drink beer for a living may not always go in your favor, so I am lucky that my choice of occupation has been so well received by my family. In fact, my dad and I have a little tradition now. The first day I come home, usually worn out from finals and just simply exhausted, my dad takes me beer shopping.
We’d always joke how “the boy needs to research” as we scurry out the door; my mom rolling her eyes ever so slightly, before yelling beer requests out the door as we left. We would arrive at our local bottle shop and my dad would give me a budget. Ecstatic I would go up and down the aisles scouring the selection from top and bottom. Whenever one of us found a find we’d run over to the other and show our discovery. Once our decisions were made and the beer was cold our family would set up dinner in the front yard and crack open some good beers.
My Dad and I taking in the bounty of beers.
The thought of that first night back is what kept me going through the final push needed to end the quarter. Because some of my happiest memories are just of the summer sun beating down on our family as we ate dinner and drank beer in our front yard; my dog Boris licking my legs under the table. Life is as good as the people you are around…and the beer that accompanies it. So for this Father’s Day, buy something special, cook him a meal, and make a memory with the man who made you. Because having a beer with your dad is what Father’s Day is all about.
For a tasty meal I’d suggest using Sam Adams Summer Ale in this simple sauce recipe. Replacing the chicken stock and white wine with one bottle of Summer Ale in the recipe and a 1/2 cup equivalent of chicken bouillon. Cook some fresh thyme and mushrooms together in a pan until they are tender. Serve with chicken breast on a bed of pilaf. Drizzle the sauce on top and sprinkle with some Parmesan and cracked pepper. The Sam Adams Summer Ale will go well with it, but come on… it’s a holiday: you need something special. I would suggest a Saison. Saison Dupont is the classic however Whole Foods has a nice selection and Mark in the liquor department will be able to show you what Saisons they have on hand.
For more info: The beers mentioned in this article can be found in these markets.