Get Tankard! German Dads Guzzle Beer on Father’s Day
July 17 2013
In the United Sates, celebrating Father’s Day includes sleeping in a bit followed by the kids serving you breakfast in bed. Afterward it would be customary to do something together as a family like head to the park or catch a movie. Some of the luckiest men around score a responsibility-free afternoon to play a round of golf or go fishing with friends. But, seeing as Father’s Day falls on the day before the dreaded work and school-filled Monday, the most wives are probably demanding that their spouse get home at a reasonable hour. Only the rarest of men with children still living at home is let off the leash to go drinking all day and night with the guys.
However, in Germany, where beer drinking is a nearly a national sport, celebrating Father’s Day with round-the-clock drinking seems to be the norm more than the exception. Apparently tens of thousands of men convene over various part of the country to “hike” through the countryside and pull wooden wagons filled with beer, schnapps and other boozy beverages. Men in the cities don’t bother with the hiking, they just party in the streets. The holiday doesn’t follow the American calendar for Father’s Day (which is the 3rd Sunday of June) but is instead observed on Ascension Day, falling 43 days after Easter.
Officially called “Männertag, which translates as "men's day," this holiday doesn’t discriminate on based on paternal status. Männertag is open to any guy whether he has his name listed in the as “father” on a birth certificate or not. Rooted in the Christian-based Ascension Day that has long featured processions into the farmlands, this modern-day Männertag has turned into a guy’s hall pass to get drunk and pass out.
You don’t need German blood coursing through your veins to celebrate Männertag . . . or even Father’s Day here in the US. Guyville.com has loads of worthy beer-drinking gifts that will please any papa you know. Here are a few of our favorite beer-inspired Father’s Day gifts:
Personalized Beer Mugs: When drinking beer out of a can or bottle just won’t do, a nice personalized beer mug will satisfy the senses. Weighty in the hand and refreshing on the lips, drinking beer out of a quality vessel makes it taste that much better. Plus, it makes a sound of authority when clinked in a round of “cheers.” Check out our set of traditional tankards; personalize with his initial letter for a great choice in Father’s Day gifts.
Personalized Pub Signs: Help dad create a “room with a brew” by giving him a personalized pub sign to hang on the wall of a home bar, media room or man cave. Anywhere that he likes to relax is the perfect place to hang up a shingle that implies beer-drinking is welcome here! From a beer-centric tavern sign to pub signs that honor a special hobby like billiards or baseball, your pops will find these gifts for Father’s Day the tops!
Unique Beer Gifts: If your dad in your life is a beer connoisseur, you may be having trouble finding an unusual beer gift for men. Don’t waste a worry, Guyville.com has all the best in beer gifts. For the do-it-yourselfer, our Mr. Beer Kit has everything needed to whip up a batch of craft beer at home. Or, our retro-styled Beer Growlers will allow him to take home up to 64 ounces of ale, lager or other beer from his favorite brewery.