Craft Beer Club Subscription Review + Coupon – March 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 Blackstone Brewing Company and Millstream Brewing Company.
This month, my husband helped me taste the beers I received from 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 Nashville’s Blackstone Brewing Company.
The first beer we tried is Blackstone’s St. Charles Porter. Both my husband and I are big fans of dark beers, and we agreed that this one is excellent. It’s an English-style porter that’s 5.8% ABV, and it’s one of the most decorated beers in Blackstone’s repertoire! It’s smooth and dark, with a concentrated malty flavor that goes down easy. I could easily polish off a few of these in one sitting!
The next beer we tried is Blackstone’s Hangtime Pale Ale, a dry hopped American pale ale with 5.3% ABV. I’m usually a little hesitant when it comes to American pale ales (because I often feel there can be a very thin line between pale ale and IPA— a beer I often find to be a little too hop heavy for my particular palate), but this one is incredible. It’s full bodied, rich, and mouth-wateringly good. There’s definitely a noticeable hop presence, but the hops are balanced and not at all overpowering. This is the kind of beer that I’d be happy to drink allll dayyy longgg.
Next up, we tried the beers from Iowa’s Millstream.
As I mentioned above, I love dark beers, so I was really excited to see both a porter and a stout included in this month’s box. We tasted the stout and porter side by side, and both my husband and I agreed that we preferred the porter. This stout has a tangy flavor that we both found a little harsher and less smooth than the creamy, easy drinking porter.
Lastly, we sampled this 4.5% ABV Belgian Witbier. Craft Beer Club describes this beer as having “a zesty orange aroma, a soft body and a hint of coriander spice throughout.” Unfortunately, this beer was a huge miss for us. The flavor is a little fusty, and it has an odd and unexpected metallic taste.
Verdict: This box from The Craft Beer Club had some highs and lows, but both my husband and I loved both of the beers from Blackstone Brewing Company. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for their beers from now on! 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?