Craft Beer Club Subscription Box Review – August 2015
The Craft Beer Club sends craft brews from around the country. Each month, they send a selection of bottles and information about the breweries behind them. They also send recipes to pair with the beer.
If you sign up for an ongoing subscription (as opposed to a single month), you’ll receive a bottle opener and tasting glasses with your first box. Hop over to my first Craft Beer Club box review for details on these welcome gifts.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription: The Craft Beer Club
The Cost: $39 per month for 12 bottles or $74.11 for 24 bottles.
The Products: Craft beers from breweries around the US. Each shipment contains 4 different styles (3 or 6 of each kind, depending on the subscription).
Ships to: US. Shipping is free, except for orders to HI and AK.
The Craft Beer Club includes flyers that provide information about the brewing companies and beers featured in the month’s box.
On the reverse, they include “Food for your Brew” recipes and some fun trivia.
Northern Califormia’s Mad River Brewing Company has an entire line of beers inspired by Jamaica’s famous brews. This red ale has “an intense spectrum of spicy aromatic hop character balanced by a full-bodied caramel richness.” Impressively, this beer won a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival! I was expecting this beer to taste a little like Red Stripe (probably because my experience with Jamaican beers is pretty limited), but I think this beer has a much stronger, more complex flavor. I think it’s fantastic, and I suspect it’ll be the first beer to disappear from this month’s box.
I’m a big fan of dark beers, so I’m always excited when Craft Beer Club sends a porter or a stout. This porter is made with Scottish smoked and peated malts that add a smoky flavor. I’m a big fan of this creative brews, and I like this twist on a classic porter. I think it’s interesting, rich, and complex.
The second brewery featured in this month’s Craft Beer Club box is Portland, Maine’s Peak Organic Brewing Company. (I’m thrilled to see an organic brewery featured in this month’s box!) The Summer Session Ale is “a traditional summer wheat beer [that] marries a West Coast pale ale.” I’ve never heard to such a mix, but I think it makes sense to pair wheat beer with citrusy hops. The result is really delicious, and, to me, the Summer Session Ale tastes a lot like grapefruit!
Peak Organic Brewery uses Simcoe, Amarillo, and Nugget hops in this IPA. It’s made without traditional bittering agents, which helps preserve the citrus and floral characteristics. Peak Organic suggests pairing this beer with smoked meats and spicy foods.
The Verdict: I really enjoy receiving beers from The Craft Beer Club. I think this subscription is a great way to explore interesting brews from around the country, and I’ve had a great time sampling beers from America’s craft breweries. This month, the Summer Session Ale and Steelhead Porter were standouts for me! Value wise, the cost breaks down to just over $3 per beer. While I can pick up craft beers for less at the grocery or liquor store, I appreciate that The Craft Beer Club sends brews that I may not be able to find locally. I can definitely recommend this subscription for beer lovers looking to try new craft beers from around the country!
Are you a fan of craft beers? What do you think of this month’s picks from The Craft Beer Club?