Craft Beer Club Subscription Review + Coupon – February 2017
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: $42 per month for 12 bottles or $79.80 for 24 bottles.
The Products: Craft beers from breweries around the U.S. Each shipment contains 4 different styles (3 or 6 of each kind, depending on the subscription).
Ships to: U.S. Shipping is free, except for orders to HI and AK.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
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 Kannah Creek Brewing Company and Ipswich Ale Brewery.
This month, I gathered a couple of friends to help me taste the beers I received from The Craft Beer Club. We tasted them all side by side, and it was a lot of fun to compare notes on each one!
We started out by sampling the beers from New England’s Ipswich Ale Brewery.
It’s funny— when I first started subscribing to The Craft Beer Club I really wasn’t that fond of IPA. I’ve received so many great (and not overwhelmingly bitter) ones, though, that I think I’m starting to change my tune! I’m still not all that fond of super hoppy, sharply bitter IPAs, but I’m finding more and more that I really enjoy. Ipswich’s Route 101 is a great example. It’s a West Coast Style IPA with 6% ABV that’s hop-forward, tangy, and citrusy. It’s really tasty, and it ended up being quite the crowd pleaser. I really loved it and so did my friends.
The next beer we tried is Ipswich’s Dry Irish Stout, which comes in at 4.4% ABV. This is a classic take on Irish Stout, so I was expecting this beer to be quite similar to Guinness. Ipswich’s Stout has a smooth, rich flavor that’s very Guinness-like, but I think this is much roastier. The flavor reminds me of chocolate and strong coffee. As a group, we were mixed on this one, but I quite enjoyed it.
Next up, we tried the beers from Colorado’s Kannah Creek Brewing Company.
Kannah’s Vertical Drop Robust Red Ale is an American Amber/Red Ale that has a 6.2% ABV. This ale is malt-driven with a light bitterness and complex flavor. Unfortunately, this was a miss for us. We all typically enjoy red ales, but the flavor of this one didn’t appeal.
Lastly, we sampled this 5.2% ABV Blonde Ale, which is inspired by English summer ales. The flavor is crisp, lightly hoppy, and really refreshing. This was another hit with the group! We agreed that this would be a great beach beer.
Verdict: This was a great box from The Craft Beer Club, and most of the beers were a hit with my friends and me. My favorite beer this month has to be Ipswich’s IPA! (I never thought I’d pick an IPA as my favorite beer, but this one is SO good!) 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?