Beaver Cleaver's dad may have been delighted by a new tie or a crayoned promise of carwashes to come, but modern fathers are a more eclectic lot. They're lager lovers, culinary experimenters and wine devotees -- and they deserve a creative approach to Father's Day.

So we've got three ideas for the wonderful men in your life, all inspired by those Father's Day coupons of yore.

A biergarten bash

The craft beer movement is exploding in the Bay Area with new breweries and beer gardens popping up practically every week. We're not suggesting your preschooler take Dad to a bar, but Bavarian-inspired beer gardens are family-friendly places. You can sit outdoors, raise a pint -- or a glass of pop -- and enjoy bratwurst, pretzels and other noshes.

Bavaria sweet mustard and a soft pretzel, photographed in Walnut Creek on June 6, 2013.
Bavaria sweet mustard and a soft pretzel, photographed in Walnut Creek on June 6, 2013. (Mark DuFrene/Staff)

So write up a coupon for a beer garden date -- or better yet, download one of our clever versions -- and tuck it into a copy of something suitably brew-inspired, such as Napa Valley food writer Janet Fletcher's "Cheese & Beer" pairing guide (Andrews McMeel, $24.99, 106 pages). Or pair it with a batch of soft pretzels and sweet Bavarian mustard from Andrea Slonecker's beer-tastic "Pretzel Making at Home" (Chronicle, $16.95, 128 pages).

As for the destination, the much-anticipated Brotzeit Lokal -- the beer garden that Chop Bar's Lev Delany is launching on the Oakland waterfront -- opens June 13 with German brews, a Linden Street house beer, Bavarian-influenced snacks and a kids menu, too. Details: 1000 Embarcadero, Oakland; brotzeitbiergarten.com.

In the South Bay, try Mountain View's new Steins Beer Garden, which offers chops, braised lamb, fried chicken sandwiches and, of course, craft beer -- and on Father's Day, dad's first beer is free with entree purchase. The beer scene is great for the over-20 crowd, but chef Colby Reade offers a kids menu for tots, too. Details: 95 Villa St.; www.steinsbeergarden.com.

Pinot papas

If dad prefers pinot to brewskis, you'll find plenty of wine-tasting and picnicking options in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Saratoga area and Livermore Valley. But if you're looking for a special vino venture for a serious oenophile -- an outing for a dad with 20-somethings, not little ones -- try a reserve tasting at Steven Kent in Livermore. The latter includes elegant pairings of small-lot wines with artisanal cheeses and bites ($20). Summer weekends feature live music and wine tastings on the patio as well. Details: 5443 Tesla Road, www.stevenkent.com.

Book a wine cave tour ($20) at Wente or, if you're looking for something to celebrate on the day of, Wente's renowned restaurant is doing a three-course Father's Day brunch that includes chocolate and peanut butter ice cream sundaes topped with bacon-peanut brittle. Details: 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, www.wentevineyards.com.

Or check our Santa Cruz Mountains and Livermore Valley wine and picnic suggestions at www.mercurynews.com/south-bay-wine and www.mercurynews.com/livermore-wine, which include kid-friendly wineries with bocce and other playful options.

Food trucks and pitchers

What better place to tuck a coupon for a day of baseball and street food than a copy of James Cunningham's new "Eat St." (Pintail, $20, 290 pages)? The cookbook, a companion to Cunningham's popular street food series on the Cooking Channel, includes recipes from seven Bay Area trucks, including Roli Roti, Sam's ChowderMobile and Babaloo.

Giants fans can opt for a little street food snacking on Sundays, when Off the Grid rolls into China Basin from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rotating array of gourmet food trucks -- Curry Up Now, Phat Thai, Rib Whip and others -- parks at Third and Berry streets, next to AT&T Park.

Too devoted to the A's to cheer for the orange? The Oakland A's 17th annual Beer Festival runs from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. on June 15 at the Coliseum's Eastside Club. Plus there's an Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio every weekend and OTGs in Hayward, Belmont, Alameda, Berkeley and other cities, too. Find details at http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com and Facebook.com/OffTheGridSF.