fathers-day-gift-guide

Daddy. Big Poppa. Pops. Whatever you call him, this is the weekend to celebrate Dad and all he does!

Step away from the stereotypical necktie and ‘I’d rather be golfing’ bumper stickers, and get Dad what he really wants! Beef and beer.

Where’s the Beef??

Why, it’s at The Butcher and The Baker, in Darlington!

Butchers, the ‘old school’ stand-alone kind, are tough to come by these days! The butchers we are all probably used to working with are the ones that work behind the counter in the local supermarket. While that meat is certainly good, there is a different feeling and more local products in a small butcher shop.

You get all of that at The Butcher and The Baker… with the added bonus of homemade baked goods too. JC, the owner and the butcher, knows his stuff. He has been in the meat biz for years but only recently opened up his own shop.

While it is a bit of a drive from Beaver, it is certainly worth it. The meat is local and fresh, and there are many homemade items as well.

Today, I stopped in to get our Father’s Day beef and went with porterhouse steaks. Regardless of your steak preference, they have it. Also in the case – chicken, pork, sausage, homemade kielbasa and homemade beef sticks, Salisbury steaks, bacon, shish-kebabs….

They have a huge menu. It would be impossible to list it all. They also have a large deli case with sides like coleslaw and pasta salad.

Then… around the corner…. are the baked goods. When I was there, they had scones of all sorts of flavors, something called a garbage cookie (which, despite the name, looked pretty appealing) and a few hand pies.

Also in the store are fresh coffees, spices and a variety of sauces and other goodies. The Butcher and The Baker is located at 233 2nd Street, Darlington. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, and Sunday 11am-3pm.

And the beer??

Craft beer has become a pretty popular thing these days, with a bunch of different bars in the area offering quite the selection! There are pretty much two routes you can take – growlers or bottles.

Sometimes, the bottles are nice as a gift as you can pick and choose a nice selection. However, depending on the draught list, those growlers can be a pretty darn good deal. Really, you can’t go wrong with either.

A few local spots to consider for your beer-buying needs (in no particular order):

Z Pub & Diner, Chippewa

This place has a huge 6pack shop! You can mix and match until your heart is content.. or the 6pack holder is full. Whichever comes first! They do have their beer list online here.

Hours are Monday 4 pm – 9 pm, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday 1 pm – 9 pm, Friday 1 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 12 pm – 10 pm and Sunday 11 am – 8 pm.

Bowser’s Restaurant, Center Twp.

When you think of Bowser’s, your first thought probably goes to the massive sandwich piled high with slaw and fries (sneedwich, anyone??), but they also should be known for their beer!

They have a cooler with over 200 different bottles, as well as nine rotating taps exclusively for craft beers. You can mix and match a 6pack or get your growler filled.

Hours are Monday – Saturday 11 am – Midnight, and Sunday 11 am – 10 pm.

Hollywood Gardens, Rochester

I actually love the Hollywood, and I have written about it before. The cheeseboard, oh.. I just love it. But, I digress.. This is strictly about the beer.

If you have never been to the Hollywood and seen their beer cave, you are in for a real treat. It’s like something out of Willy Wonka, only for adults. I’m not sure how many bottles they have, but there are a lot.

They do have a very impressive draft menu, however they do not fill growlers. Perhaps you can enjoy a quick beer while you browse the coolers? The Dad in your life would be proud of your multitasking!

Hours are Monday – Thursday, 4 pm – Midnight, Friday & Saturday 3 pm – 2 am. They are closed on Sunday, so if this is your spot for Pops, don’t forget to go Saturday!

Bocktown Beer & Grill, Center Twp.

Another one of my favorite spots, especially for the Saturday afternoon acoustic showcase. But, this isn’t about me.. This is about Dad’s beer!

They have a huge selection of bottles and also a nice draft list and they do fill growlers! Also I happened to notice they have a special Father’s Day Dip on the menu that sounds pretty darn tasty. Hours are 11 am – 1 am.

In the Beaverhausen house, there is much to celebrate this year with welcoming our third kid into the world. My husband goes full-on ‘Dad mode’ with the kids, and we all couldn’t be more thankful for him. He is one diaper-changing, baby-burping, toddler-wrangling, teenager-relating guy and for that and for all that he does, we will celebrate with his favorite steaks and beers (also ice cream cake)!

Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dads out there! Enjoy your day!!

Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!