MonthlyClub.com's US MicroBrewed Beer Club is one of our top picks.
If you like US MicroBrew's and want the "best of the best" from the US -- then this is the club for you!
- Average price for a beer club, but with what looks to be excellent service.
- Focus on the best of US MicroBrew Beers.
- No membership or cancellation fees.
- Options for more or less frequent delivery.
- If you don’t like the beer of the month, you don’t get a substitute.
- No options to customize.
There are 4 different beer clubs available to monthlyclubs.com subscribers, the most basic of which is the U.S. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club. Featuring 12, 12 oz. bottles with 4 styles of domestic beer from 2 U.S. breweries (3 of each kind), it is reasonably priced at $24.95 + $15 shipping and handling. The quality of this club has been endorsed by the likes of Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Small batch and seasonal brews give consumers an edge on what’s trending in the current market—a huge benefit to the beer drinker planning on schooling friends and family in the art of craft brewing. Every shipment includes a set of in-depth tasting notes and suggestions for pairing, including recipes. Their website also provides easy access to breweries by state for beer lovers planning their next trip as well as a list of all upcoming beer festivals. This package is great for those just learning to love craft beer or for beer aficionados with limited market access to popular microbrews. Or, give it as a gift to that aspiring craft brew student. There’s at least one in every family.
Customers can expect to receive quality-tested microbrews, approved by a thorough panel of beer lovers. This month, for example there are two beers styles produced in Atlanta, Georgia: Hoplanta IPA, which received the coveted gold medal at the 2011 U.S.Open Beer Championship and Laughing Skull Amber Ale, both from Red Brick Brewing Co. Also included are two beers made in Portland, Maine: London Porter and Hampshire Special Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Co. Geary’s began brewing craft ale back in 1983, just when microbrewed beer began to see an increase in popularity—they are a recognizable name to any beer drinking worth their salt. Past beers selections include the likes of: Hair of the Dog, a cult brewery in the Pacific NW, Laurelwood, a repeat winner at the Great American Beer Festival, and Peak Organic Brewing Company, which is breaking new ground in the beer industry by applying sustainable practices in their cellars. You aren’t just getting a variety of quality U.S. beers with this membership, you’re also receiving an education on the nationwide microbrew movement.
Right now the U.S. Microbrewed beer of the Month Club offers bottles exclusively; however, as the popularity of cans rises you may start to see cans included in your shipment. The company does welcome feedback from customers so if there is a specific region or style that you feel would work well in a future shipment, then absolutely give them a ring. Customer service representatives are available Monday-Friday, 7AM-5PM and are always happy to help. In addition, current month and recently shipped beers are often available for purchase at a discounted price over the phone. Limited varieties can also be found for purchase on their website. Keep in mind that all purchases come with a one case minimum (12 bottles). Quick questions can be addressed online with the “Chat Now” feature, available during business hours. This tab should automatically appear at the bottom right of your screen and is a quick and easy way to connect with the company without even having to pick up the phone.
Your U.S. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club comes with the added advantage of environmentally friendly packaging and a sense of integrity. Founder Kris Calef personally stands by every bottle of beer you’ll receive. His family-owned company has been in the business of researching craft beer for the past twenty years and they’ve developed a real knack for it. Transparency is their policy so you don’t have to worry about hidden fees or dubious retail practices. Even canceling is easy. It just takes a quick phone call during business hours to shore things up. If you’ve prepaid for a whole year’s worth of beer, no problem. Monthly Clubs will reimburse you for the remaining shipments. Purchasing the U.S. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club is a no-brainer,—the perfect gift for friends and family. Never mind, buy it for yourself. It’s okay to indulge in your hobby a bit, especially at $24.95 a month. Bragging rights included.