Craft Beer Club Subscription Box Review – November 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. This month’s box includes beers from RJ Rockers Brewing Company and Sand Creek Brewing Company.
On the reverse, the flyers include “Food for your Brew” recipes and some fun trivia.
Hop Quake 6.2% ABV
IPA isn’t typically my favorite kind of beer, but I’ve sampled quite a few different variations since my subscription to The Craft Beer Club began, and I’ve discovered some that I really like. Interestingly, this IPA from RJ Rockers is made with oatmeal, which gives it a creaminess that balances out the bitterness of the hops. My main complaint with many IPAs is that they’re very dry, so, for me, the addition of oatmeal is fantastic!
First Snow Ale 5.8% ABV
I rarely buy beer at the grocery store, but I’m always tempted by seasonal brews. Pumpkin beer? Yes! Winter ales? Absolutely! First Snow Ale is made with honey and spices and is “slightly bitter and spicy.” I’m a big fan of this beer, and I love the wintery label!
(“Frothy” the snowman- how cute!) First Snow Ale is one of RJ Rockers’ most popular seasonal brews, and I can certainly see why. If I see this available for sale locally, I’ll probably pick up some more!
English Style Special Ale 5.5% ABV
My husband is a beer purist and can’t always wrap his head around the creative brews that have become so popular in this country. (I, on the other hand, LOVE experimental beers with unusual flavor profiles.) When I was unpacking this month’s box, his face lit up when I pulled out Sand Creek’s English Style Special Ale. It’s “a robust, traditional English-style brown ale. Roasty-toasty notes complement the malty aromas and flavors, with just a touch of spicy hops coming through.” He’s a big fan of this beer. I like it, too, but I’m an even bigger fan of the scrunchy-faced bulldog on the label.
Woody’s Easy Ale 4.0% ABV
“Woody’s Easy Ale is brewed for everyone. This easy drinking ale, light yellow in color, has a clean, refreshing taste and a pleasantly clean finish.” This isn’t the kind of beer that I’d get excited about ordering in a bar, but I could easily sip on a couple of these all afternoon. The taste is uncomplicated (in a good way), and I think the label art is very appropriate. This is a perfect vacation beer.
The Verdict: I’m a big fan of The Craft Beer Club. I look forward to seeing which breweries will be featured each month, and I always get a little excited when I recognize one of them. I didn’t realize it right away, but I’ve had RJ Rockers beer before. Last summer, I picked up a few bottles of Son of a Peach, their unfiltered American wheat ale brewed with local peaches. I thought it was fantastic, and, since I’m also a big fan of the beers featured in this box, I’m going to try and seek out some of their other beers, too. I’m definitely interested in trying Dunkulele, their seasonal Fall offering. It’s a dark wheat ale that’s made with dark caramel. Yum! 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. I’m consistently impressed with the breweries The Craft Beer Club decides to feature, and I love trying new beers that I can’t find locally.
Have you tried any of the beers featured in this month’s The Craft Beer Club?