Elevation Outdoors: 10 Boozy Gifts for Dad


Father’s Day is this weekend, and nothing says ‘I love you, dad’ like some hand-crafted booze from the state of Colorado. From top notch whiskey, to six packs perfect for breaking open after a day on the trails or in the streams, check out these 10 boozy gift ideas for dad.Barrel Aged Classics Limited Edition Box Set | Great Divide Brewing Co.

An all-in-one gift, Great Divide’s limited edition box set of barrel aged classics features a 12 ounce bottle of each of the brewery’s coveted barrel-aged classics (Hibernation, Old Ruffian and Yeti) plus a custom-designed Spiegelau glass to enjoy them out of. Pick one up at the source itself, or find one at participating liquor stores. $30

Bourbon And Whiskey Club Membership | Marble Distilling Co.

If your dad really loves whiskey, and you really love your dad, then a membership to Marble’s unique Bourbon and Whiskey Club is the perfect gift. A membership to this cool club gets your dad a 10L American Oak Barrel with #3 engraved with your dad’s name on it and filled with his bourbon or whiskey of choice. The barrel is stored at the Carbondale-based distillery’s Barrel Room where your dad can visit, sample his bourbon, and give input on desired taste, proof and length of aging time. $1,450 (membership also includes additional perks at the distillery.) 

Ol’ Stumpy Cider | Colorado Cider Company

Is your dad more of a cider drinker? Then grab him a bottle of Colorado Cider Company’s Ol’ Stumpy Cider. This gluten-free boozy beverage is made with bittersweet apples and boasts earthy flavors and hints of oak after being aged for a full year in oak Chardonnay barrels. The name alone will encourage a slew of dad jokes, and you can’t put a price tag on a gift like that. Find it in liquor stores along the Front Range for roughly $10 per 500 ml bottle.

Multitask Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Porter | Denver Beer Company

Brewed in collaboration with Draught Works Brewery in Missoula, MT, this imperial porter is a big beer (8.6 percent ABV) that features rich, chocolatey notes and a strong  whiskey aroma. Aged for three months in Heaven Hill Rye Whiskey barrels, this brew will warm your dad’s heart. Share a pint with your pops at Denver Beer Company’s new brewery and taproom in old town Arvada which officially opens to the public on Father’s Day weekend.

Honey Hatch Whiskey | Blank & Booth Distilling Company & Molly’s Spirits

This collaborative concoction between two Denver companies is about as unique as it gets, and your dad is going to want to try it. Honey Hatch is made with hatch green chiles and ten pounds of Colorado honey, giving this beverage a balance of heat and sweet good for sipping on it’s own, or making the star of a killer Bloody Mary at Father’s Day brunch. Pick up a 750ml bottle at Molly’s Spirits in Denver for $36.99.

Bugs N Brews Tour | Upslope Brewing Company

Is your dad a beer-drinking angler? Then surprise him with brews and bugs at Upslope Brewing Company during a Bug ‘N’ Brews fly-tying class presented by the knowledgeable folks at Rocky Mountain Anglers. This class is set to take place at the brewery’s Flatiron Park location on Monday, June 19. And the best part of this gift? It won’t cost you a dime. This free class also includes one complimentary Upslope brew.

Deerhammer American Single Malt Whiskey | Deerhammer Distillery

If your dad is a whiskey drinker, you’ll want to get him a bottle of Deerhammer Distillery’s deliciously smooth American Single Malt Whiskey. This 100-percent malted barley whiskey is distilled through direct-fire copper pot stills and stored in charred white oak casks. The result? A tasty blend of coffee, cacao, carmel and spice notes with a perfectly subtle peanut buttery finish. Pick up a 750ml bottle at liquor stores throughout Colorado, or, really elevate your status among your siblings by taking your dad for a road trip to beautiful Buena Vista to taste this whiskey at the source. $47

Hop Savant | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Sour-style beers are an acquired taste, but if your dad is part of the bunch that is pro-sour beers, then pick him up a 4-pack of Hop Savant—the brewery’s popular 100 percent Brettanomyces dry-hopped pale ale—which just recently hit the market in cans for the first time. Grab a 4-pack at Crooked Stave’s Denver tasting room at The Source, or pick up a 4-pack at select liquor stores throughout Colorado. $10

Colorado Bourbon Whiskey | Distillery 291

Get some serious bonus points this Father’s Day by gifting your dad with a bottle of Distillery 291’s Colorado Bourbon Whiskey. Mash-aged in an American white oak barrel, this bourbon smells like cherry tobacco and tastes like heaven. Grab a bottle and enjoy this handcrafted goodness on it’s own, or check out the distillery’s recipe section on their website and mix up your dad a tasty Father’s Day cocktail. $79.99

Scoundrel | City Star Brewing

Forget your dad, pick up a bottle of City Star Brewing’s sour barrel-aged brown ale for yourself. The Scoundrel is a sour version of the brewery’s award-winning Bandit Brown Ale aged in oak Cabernet wine barrels for two years and soured with a blend of lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria, which makes for one damn good beer. This limited release brew is available in 22 ounce bottles at the brewery’s Berthoud tap room. $16″

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