Craft Beer Club Subscription Box Review – September 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.
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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 Salisbury, Maryland’s Evolution Craft Brewing Company and Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company
On the reverse, they include “Food for your Brew” recipes and some fun trivia.
Jacques Au Lantern 6.3% ABV
I’m so excited that fall is here! It’s my favorite season, and I’m so excited for pumpkin bread, warm scarves, Halloween, boots, sweet potato pie… and PUMPKIN BEER! This is the first pumpkin beer I’ve had in my hands this year, and I now want to drink nothing else until winter. Evolution Craft Brewing Company makes Jacques Au Lantern (an unfiltered Amber Ale) by adding “roasted pumpkin to the mash and traditional pumpkin pie spices to the kettle before fermenting.” The pumpkin flavor is present, but it’s subtle. I’m a fan of both the beer and the name!
Primal Pale Ale 5% ABV
Evolution’s Primal Pale Ale is “dry, slightly hoppy, refreshing, and well balanced. Aromas of pine, toasted grain, grass and citrus complement the lightly malty, earthy flavors.” Pale Ale isn’t typically my favorite kind of beer, largely because I think many of them are overly hoppy for my personal taste. This one, however, I really like. It has the characteristic crisp, bitter, and citrus flavors I expect to find in Pale Ale but is beautifully balanced and inherently drinkable.
SweetWater Brewing Company IPA 6.3% ABV
The second brewery featured in this month’s Craft Beer Club box is SweetWater Brewing Company out of Atlanta, Georgia. I went to college in Atlanta, so I’m very familiar with SweetWater. (Actually, I think this might be the first brewery I recognize since starting my subscription in May!) SweetWater specializes in IPA, and they make quite a few different varieties. This one is dubbed “the beer you’ve been training for!” because it’s made with heaping piles of premium hops and is left unfiltered and unpasteurized to leave the strong flavors in tact. It’s intensely bitter; this is definitely a beer made for true IPA lovers.
SweetWater Brewing Company 420 5.3% ABV
420 is SweetWater’s most popular beer and is so named because it was first conceived on April, 20th 1997. It’s a west coast style Extra Pale Ale made with centennial and cascade hops, and it has been recognized with a number of local and national awards. I’ve had 420 a number of times before, and I like it pretty well, but SweetWater’s Blue was my local beer of choice when I was in college. It’s a light-bodied ale with a hint of fresh blueberries- I wholeheartedly recommend checking it out if you’re in the Atlanta area and looking for a fruity, refreshing brew!
The Verdict: I’m a big fan of The Craft Beer Club. I love that they send interesting brews from around the country, and I really enjoy sampling beers from America’s different craft breweries. My favorite beer in this month’s box is definitely Jacques Au Lantern, though SweetWater brought back some great memories from my time in Atlanta! I would have preferred to see a bit more diversity in this month’s box (it was a little hop-heavy for my liking), but I still had a great time sampling all of the different brews. I think it’s important to note that Craft Beer Club’s boxes tend to include at least one IPA (or similar). I’m hoping that the forthcoming chilly months bring boxes containing more of the beers I associate with Fall and Winter, like porters, stouts, dark ales, and beers with flavors of coffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and more pumpkin. 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 wouldn’t often find locally. I can definitely recommend this subscription for beer lovers looking to try new craft beers from around the country!
What do you think of this month’s picks from The Craft Beer Club?