Craft Beer Club Subscription Box Review – December 2015
The Craft Beer Club sends craft brews from around the country. Each month, they send a selection of different beers and information about the breweries behind them.
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. This month’s box includes beers from Devil’s Backbone and Natty Greene’s.
Both flyers I received this month are for Devil’s Backbone- oops! Luckily, I was able to look up a PDF version of Natty Greene’s flyer on the Craft Beer Club website.
On the reverse, the flyers always include “Food for your Brew” recipes and some fun trivia.
Vienna Lager– 5.2% ABV
Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company is based in Virginia, and I often see their beers in stores and on tap around the DC area. Despite my familiarity with the brand, though, I’ve never actually tried their beers! Vienna Lager “blends color and flavor without heaviness or bitterness.” On their website, Devil’s Backbone lists the awards that this beer has won, and I must say that it’s an impressive list. I can’t say that I’m surprised, though, it’s a very delicious brew!
Eight Point IPA– 5.9% ABV
Eight Point IPA was the first beer brewed after Devil’s Backbone got started in 2008. It’s brewed with cascade, centennial, chinook, columbus, and simcoe hops and is “proud, brash, youthful, yet approachable.” As I’ve said in previous reviews, IPA’s are often a little too bitter for my palate, and this one is no exception. I’m glad that I got to try it, but I’ll save the remaining bottles for guests.
Southern Pale Ale– 5.2% ABV
Natty Greene’s Brewing Company is based in North Carolina, and is one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the country! Their Southern Pale Ale is “crafted to showcase the signature big-citrus-with-just-a-hint-of-pine flavor of Oregon-grown Cascade hops.” I like the citrusy pine flavor of this beer, and I think the bitterness is nicely balanced with moderate sweetness.
Red Nose Winter Ale– 6.8% ABV
Red Nose Winter Ale is Natty Greene’s winter seasonal offering. It’s an American red ale that’s brewed with cinnamon, orange, and ginger. The spices nicely complement the sweet maltiness of the ale, and I think they’re perfectly festive. I’m a sucker for seasonal beers, and this one is fantastic!
The Verdict: I always look forward to seeing which beers The Craft Beer Club will feature each month. I think it’s a great way to try new craft beers from around the country and discover new small, regional breweries. I’ve been really pleased to see seasonal beers featured in the last few boxes, and I hope that they continue this trend. I think it’s great to receive pumpkin beers in the fall and winter seasonals around the holidays! When it comes to value, the cost of each Craft Beer Club box breaks down to just over $3 per beer. While this subscription may not offer great value, I think it’s more about discovering new craft beers than about getting a good deal. For me, the price is fair, and I love having craft beers sent directly to my door!
Have you tried any of the beers featured in this month’s The Craft Beer Club? Do you love seasonal winter beers, too?