The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club Review + Coupon– October 2016
The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club is a subscription from monthlyclubs.com that includes 12-12oz. craft beers from two different U.S. microbreweries. Monthlyclubs.com also offers The International Wine, The Premium Cigar, The Gourmet Cheese, The Gourmet Chocolate, and The Fresh Cut Flowers monthly clubs.
Within The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, subscribers can also choose between 5 options: The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club, The U.S. and International Variety Beer Club, The Hops-Head Beer Club, The International Beer Club, and the Rare Beer Club.
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This review is of The U.S. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, $27.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club
The Cost: $27.95 a month + $15 shipping and handling
The Products: Twelve 12 oz. hand-crafted beers (3 of each) from “two different lightly distributed US microbreweries.”
Ships to: U.S. only, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah
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My box included a one-page flyer promoting “One Stop Holiday Shopping.” And I couldn’t agree more that these six options would cross several people off my gift list!
I also received a newsletter describing each brewery for this month: Harpoon Brewing Company and Harlem Brewing Company. I’m familiar with Harpoon, but Harlem is new to me, my husband and a few friends that helped us try the beers.
Now, I am by no means a beer connoisseur, so I was so happy to see such detail about each beer. It really helped in appreciating the brewery’s process and ultimately what we liked or disliked about each beer.
Harlem Brewing Company Renaissance Wit
This first beer is a Belgian-style witbier with 5.8% alcohol content. It is brewed with “coriander, cumin, grains of paradise, and orange peel. We all liked this beer! You can definitely taste the citrus and it was very smooth to drink. Belgian-style beer is one of my favorites, especially with an added orange slice.
It appears Harlem Brewing Company is permanently closed after a quick google search, but Monthly Clubs lists reorder pricing in the newsletter. I did not notice a born on date and the beer tastes fresh, so my guess is that Monthly Clubs stocks inventory of each beer.
Harlem Brewing Company Sugar Hill Golden Ale
This golden ale packs some serious hoppy punch, has a 6.0% alcohol content, and a great story to go along with it. It was originally brewed during the Harlem Renaissance and favored by musicians and artists. So by no surprise, this beer was named after the Harlem neighborhood of Sugar Hill.
Unfortunately, this beer was a miss for me and my friends. I couldn’t get past the hops in order to enjoy the caramel and toffee. It was just too bitter for any of our liking.
This Octoberfest is Harpoon’s seasonal brew and has a 5.3% alcohol content. I’m not normally an Octoberfest beer drinker, but this is really good. It’s flowery and spicy just like I’d expect from other Octoberfest varieties I’ve tried in the past.
Lastly is this month’s hands down favorite beer! As much as I like Belgian-style beer, I love stouts and dark lagers even more. This beer has a 5.2% alcohol content and filled with a wonderful aroma of caramel, chocolate, and bolander. It is smooth and rich in flavor; we all gave it a stamp of approval! In the newsletter, I read that normally this beer is a draft-only option, but Harpoon bottled it especially for The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club.
Here’s a comparison of all the beers. From left to right: Harlem Brewing Company Renaissance Wit, Harlem Brewing Company Sugar Hill Golden Ale, Harpoon Octoberfest, and Harpoon Dark.
Verdict: This was a great first box from The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club. For $42.95 a month (if you include shipping), you receive 12 beers, which breaks down to $3.57 a beer. While not a bargain, you would likely pay more for each beer out at a bar or sampling at the brewery itself. And I like how this subscription brings local and craft-brewed varieties straight to your home. We all enjoyed sampling each beer and now I know a few people to gift this subscription and the 5 other Monthly Club options this holiday!
What did you think of October’s The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club?