Craft Beer Club Subscription Box Review – March 2016
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 paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: 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 Oasis Brewing Company and Church Street Brewing Company.
On the reverse, the flyers always include “Food for your Brew” recipes and some fun trivia.
Pale Ale from Oasis Brewing Company– 5.6% ABV
Oasis Brewing Company hails from Boulder, Colorado, and was one of the most successful Colorado breweries in the mid-1990’s. They won numerous awards for their beers, but fell on hard times in the early 2000’s and had to shut their doors. Happily, they were able to reopen their doors in 2014, and they’ve brought back some of their most popular brews. The first one included in this box is their Pale Ale, a classic American pale ale that’s citrusy, smooth, and extremely refreshing. I’m a big fan.
Scarab Red from Oasis Brewing Company– 5.5% ABV
The second beer from Oasis is their Scarab Red, an American amber/red ale. My husband and I both love this beer! It’s rich, malty, and very satisfying!
The second brewery featured in this box is Church Street Brewing Company, a German inspired craft brewery from Itasca, Illinois. I was really excited to try this beer because I used to live in Scotland, and I developed a taste for Scottish ales while I lived there. This beer is described as a “darkly-colored robust brew with notes of sweet caramel, chocolate, and roasted barley.” Unfortunately, for me, this beer was too sour to drink. I know that sour beers are experiencing a moment in the sun right now, but I can’t seem to develop a taste for them, and I certainly dodn’t expect such extreme sour notes from a Scottish ale.
Oddly, I found this hefeweizen to be very sour, also. Hefeweizen is another of my favorite kinds of beer, and, yet again, not a beer I expect to be very sour. I guess I’m just not a fan of Church Street Brewing Company.
Verdict: I always look forward to my monthly box from The Craft Beer Club. This month, there were some pretty extreme highs (Oasis Scarab Red) and lows (Church Street Shony), but I still had a great time sampling some new brews. When it comes to value, the cost of each Craft Beer Club box breaks down to just over $3 per beer. While that’s not exactly a steal, I think the price is fair. I love the convenience of having craft beers sent directly to my door, and it’s so much fun learning about new American craft breweries every month!
Have you tried any of the beers featured in this month’s The Craft Beer Club?