This is soooo much better than a tie.
This is soooo much better than a tie.
Courtesy of Papa's Pilar

Father's Day 2015 Gifts: Booze, Beer, and Bacon

Father's Day is this Sunday, June 21 and if you haven't gotten dad a gift yet, your procrastination has paid off! Forget the trip to the crowded mall to get your father yet another tie. He may be too kind and loving to tell you to your face, so we'll say it for him: Dad doesn't want a tie, or a photo mug, or a singing fish trophy. He wants booze, beer, and bacon! 

We've curated a list of the gifts dad really wants in every price range. So whether you're just starting out in the world or just got that promotion to partner at the firm (thanks to some student loan help from Dad) you can treat Dad to something way better than a mug with your mug on it.

A smoke and a drink makes a great gift.
A smoke and a drink makes a great gift.
Photo courtesy Papa's Pilar

Papa's Pilar Father's Day Rum and a Smoke
A great gift if your dad is a fan of good literature or just a nice rum and a cigar. Papa's Pilar, the rum named after Ernest Hemingway's boat, Pilar, is offering a special Father's Day rum and cigar pairing to celebrate Papa's Day. Available only in Florida, the special pack includes a 750 ml bottle of dark rum and a cigar in a special humidification package complete with a rum-soaked cork. The rum is an 86-proof blend that was named "best rum in America" by Caribbean Journal and won a double gold medal at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits competition. The Sosa Classic Natural blend cigar is made in the Dominican Republic. Dip the humidor cork in the rum before storing a cigar to bring out the flavors in the pairing. This special package is available at Florida Total Wine & More and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits stores with a suggested retail of $39.99.

Sausages for Dad's grill.
Sausages for Dad's grill.
Courtesy of Miami Smokers

Miami Smokers Special Father's Day Packs
If dad is a home cook or a weekend grill warrior, you need look no further than Miami Smokers for sausages, artisan cured bacon, and Florida raised pork chops. Even better, the guys have put together two special (and affordable) packs just for Father's Day.  If dad loves to make breakfast for the family, get him the brunch pack ($30), which includes one package of thin cut vintage bacon, one package of steak cut vintage bacon, one pack maple habanero breakfast patty, one pack ginger sage breakfast patty, and one six ounce stick of salami. If dad loves to grill, the grill pack ($40) comes with a six-sausage sampler and four Florida raised Red Waddle half pound chops.

Proper Sausages bacon is the best mail dad will ever receive.
Proper Sausages bacon is the best mail dad will ever receive.
Photo by Proper Sausages

Proper Sausages Bacon
There's one word that turns even the most macho of dads into a mass of jelly. Bacon. Reward dad with the best of this meat candy with Proper Sausages' bacon. There's the Proper (Berkshire pork, sage, black pepper, maple syrup); the Dub (Berkshire pork, habanero, allspice, fresh thyme); and the Italian ( Berkshire pork, fresh garlic, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary). Best of all? The bacon is available at the Miami Shores shop and online ($16 each, not including shipping), so if Dad lives outside of Miami, you can send him some bacon instead of that box of mixed nuts you normally ship over. Orders received by 3 p.m. will be shipped the same day and overnight shipping is available. Order at propersausages.com. 

Miami Club Rum
Miami Club Rum
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Miami Club Rum
Dad's home bar isn't complete without a bottle of Miami Club rum. This spirit is born and bred in Miami's first (legal) distillery, with pedigree that goes back five generations. The rum, distilled right here in Wynwood, is made from local sugarcane and other ingredients to create a smooth rum that's designed to work well in mojitos, daiquiris, and other classic cocktails. Even the bottle, fashioned after the classic Art Deco structures of Ocean Drive, is Miami. A bottle costs around $26.99 and is available at Big Game Liquors, Crown Liquors, Sunset Corners, and other retailers. 

Give dad a growler or two.
Give dad a growler or two.
Photo by Laine Doss

A Growler of Wynwood Brewing's Pop's Porter
You've seen it happen at the backyard barbecue or the ballgame. Dad, while being a very cool guy in so many ways, still drinks the same beer he did in college. Well, it's time to turn the tables and give the man who taught you so much a little lesson in the fine art of beer tasting and there's no more fitting way than by buying him a growler of Wynwood Brewing Company's Pop's Porter. Made with a blend of roasted malts, this beer has a deep burgundy color and hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Plus, the name is perfect for a Father's Day gift. A 32 oz. growler costs $5 and the fill is $7; a 128 oz. growler costs $10 and a fill is $23 (specialty beers are extra). While you're at it, give dad a gift certificate for some extra fills because once he's tried the good stuff, he won't go back to his supermarket six pack.

Casa Dragones is a great gift. The tie is optional.
Casa Dragones is a great gift. The tie is optional.
Courtesy of Casa Dragones

Personalized Bottle of Casa Dragones
If dad is a tequila fan, why not splurge on the ultimate bottle? Casa Dragones' Joven tequila is an artisan tequila that has received much praise, including 96 points from Wine Enthusiast. Bottled in a 100 pure crystal decanter, it's an elaborate gift at around $275, but this sipping tequila is a real prize for a spirits aficionado. You can even get the bottle personally etched with a message or dad's name. The tequila is available at most South Florida liquor stores including Sunset Corners and Mega Liquors, and More. Dad can also share his gift on social media using hashtag #DadsLoveDragones. 

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