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Craft Beer Club Subscription Review + Coupon– December 2016

Lindsey Morse
ByLindsey MorseJan 5, 2017 | 0 comments

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Craft Beer Club
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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.

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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.)

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The Subscription Box: The Craft Beer Club

The Cost: $39 per month for 12 bottles or $74.11 for 24 bottles.

COUPON: Receive 3 bonus gifts with your first shipment! No coupon needed - just use this link.

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.

Check out all of our The Craft Beer Club reviews and visit the Drink Subscription Box Directory for more boozy boxes!

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The Craft Beer Club includes flyers that provide information about the brewing companies and beers featured in each month’s box. This month’s box includes beers from Calicraft Brewing Company and O’Fallon Brewery. O’Fallon Brewery is based in Maryland Heights, Missouri and is known for distinctive, uniquely flavored brews. Calicraft is known for incorporating California-grown ingredients (like star thistle honey, Cluster hops, and anise hyssop) into their beer.

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O’Fallon Brewery Westport Wheat

If I didn’t know that this was a wheat beer, I don’t think I’d guess based on the taste. To me, this tastes more like a lager. That’s by no means a criticism, though, because this beer is delicious! It’s light, refreshing, and smooth.

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O’Fallon Brewery Zeke’s Pale Ale

I’m not always a fan of hop-heavy beers like IPA and Pale Ale, so it’s always a little exciting for me when I discover one that I really enjoy. This is one of those beers. There’s definitely a strong hop presence, but this beer is nicely balanced and bitter without being too bitter. It reminds me of lemon peel and grapefruit zest. Yum!

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Calicraft Oaktown Brown Ale

This brown ale is brewed with oak cubes, and I don’t think I’ve ever had an oaked beer before. I couldn’t wait to try it. After the first sip, I was immediately struck by the complexity— there’s so much going on flavor-wise! For starters, this beer has an oaky, smoky flavor that’s really interesting. After that subsides, I get some bold caramel followed by a nice, citrusy brightness. Wow. I tend to gravitate towards darker beers, and this one is right up my alley. I would happily buy more of this!

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Calicraft Cali Coast Kolsch

I’ve tried a few traditional Kolsch beers before, and this one is definitely a bit different than the ones I’ve had before. It’s made with German hops, Northern California barley, and Kolsch yeast. There’s a little bit of fruitiness and spice, but mostly the flavor reminds me of bread. (Maybe a light sourdough?) It’s definitely unlike anything I’ve had before, and I quite like it!

Verdict: I really enjoyed this month’s shipment from The Craft Beer Club. I’m a big fan of everything in this shipment, but I think my favorite has to be the Oaktown Brown Ale. What an incredible brew! When it comes to value, the cost of each Craft Beer Club box breaks down to $3.50 per beer. While that’s not exactly a steal, I think the price is fair— especially since most of the beers featured in the subscription aren’t available nationwide. I love the convenience of having craft beers sent directly to my door, and I really enjoy learning about new craft breweries every month!

Have you tried any of the beers featured in this month’s The Craft Beer Club?

The Craft Beer Club discovers exceptional craft brews from around the country and delivers them each month direct-to-you or your gift recipient. Every selection is produced by small-production, independent brewers who use only traditional brewing ingredients and time-honored brewing methods.
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.
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