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Bar Talk: Gifts for the dad who enjoys a drink

It’s time to get a jump on gifting for dad. Whether it’s your dad, the father figure in your life, the dad to your fur baby or human child, if you celebrate it, Father’s Day is just around the proverbial corner on June 19.

I know for whatever reason gifting for dad can be hard. Oftentimes, when I ask my dad what he wants for Father’s Day, he says he doesn’t need anything or that he just wants his favorite meal and some chocolate cake.

But it’s important to say thanks in all aspects of life, so if you’ve got a deserving dad in your life who is interested in the world of libations (this is Bar Talk, a column about drinks after all), I’ve rounded up some gift options that will hopefully help you and Dad celebrate.



STRANAHAN’S DIAMOND PEAK, $70

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Whiskey
Courtesy Stranahan’s Whiskey

Started by Roaring Fork Valley legend George Stranahan and former local volunteer firefighter Jess Graber in 2004, this whiskey company distilled in Denver is perfect for the dad who enjoys a good bottle of whiskey with a side of local history.

While Stranahan’s has seven different whiskey’s to choose from, the Diamond Peak is the brand’s annual limited-release, cask-finished whiskey, making it a special one for gifting.




Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Whiskey is first aged in American oak barrels for a minimum of four years and then finished in Bushmills Irish single malt barrels for over three years. The result is a whiskey with a unique and warm flavor and as a bonus every bottle of Stranahan’s comes with a metal shot glass to help provide the perfect pour.

CAPITOL CREEK BREWERY x ASPEN BREWING CO. GOLD LEVEL DRY HOP LAGER, $11.99

A beer is poured at Capitol Creek Brewery
Aspen Times File/Kelsey Brunner

For the dad that likes to bike and cheers with a beer after a long ride, a six pack of the Gold Level Dry Hop Lager is the gift to give.

This new limited summer release beer is a collaboration between Basalt-based Capitol Creek Brewery and Aspen Brewing Co to celebrate the Gold Level status of the Roaring Fork Valley’s mountain biking trails awarded by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

The Gold Level Dry Hop Lager was just released this month, so it’s a nice new addition to the local beer rotation and perfect for Dad to take on his next outdoor adventure, whether that’s biking in the desert or hanging out in the backyard.

COCHON 555’S HERITAGE FIRE SNOWMASS, $99

Aspen's Home Team BBQ carries a pig through the crowd to eventually be eaten during Heritage Fire on Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Snowmass Base Village. Photo by Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times.

Heritage Fire is hands down one of the best events of the summer in the valley and if Dad likes to eat and drink in the fresh mountain air, then this event is the ticket to get/give.

Held in Snowmass, Heritage Fire highlights more than 25 chefs from Colorado, many local, who are cooking up whole animals (pigs, goats, fish, octopus, etc.) over an open fire and pairs their culinary creations with libations from craft distilleries, breweries and wineries.

It’s the ultimate cookout and one that would also be a fun group outing if you don’t want Dad to go alone, but you must be 21 and older to attend.

SPHERE ICE TRAY, $36

W&P Sphere Ice Tray

It’s the gift that keeps on giving, provided Dad remembers to fill it when empty.

The W&P Sphere Ice Tray is a fun gift to add to Dad’s home-bar arsenal. Sphere ice is ideal for classing up homemade cocktails while keeping the drink enjoyable longer as it is slow-melting and won’t dilute your drink as fast as traditional ice cubes.

This tray makes four, 2.5” spheres, so there is enough for Dad to enjoy drinks with a few friends … or not.

HOTEL JEROME EPICUREAN PASSPORT, $1,750

Wine glasses sit on the table during the Food & Wine Classic member luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, inside the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. Photo by Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times.

Sure, this gift could count not only for this Father’s Day but maybe all the rest to come at the price point, but if it’s the ultimate bucket list gift for dad or well within your gift spending limit then go for it.

Coinciding with the upcoming Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 16-19, but not officially connected to the Classic, the Hotel Jerome is debuting a slate of curated programming centered around the culinary and spirits world that can be attended with the purchase of an Epicurean Passport.

One of the standouts from the three-day, 10 event lineup is the Black on Black dinner, which celebrates influential Black members of the food and wine community such as chef JJ Johnson, Dwyane Wade & Wade Cellars, Carmelo Anthony & VII(N) The Seventh Estate and many more. For more information, visit https://aubergeresorts.com/hoteljerome/experiences/epicurean-passport/.