The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club Review + Coupon – October 2017
The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club is a subscription from monthlyclubs.com that includes 12-12oz. craft beers from two different U.S. microbreweries. Monthlyclubs.com also offers The International Wine, The Premium Cigar, The Gourmet Cheese, The Gourmet Chocolate, and The Fresh Cut Flowers monthly clubs.
Within The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, subscribers can also choose between 5 options: The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club, The U.S. and International Variety Beer Club, The Hops-Head Beer Club, The International Beer Club, and the Rare Beer Club. This month’s flyer recommends each club as a holiday gift giving idea!
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This review is of The U.S. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, $27.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club
The Cost: $27.95 a month + $15 shipping and handling
The Products: Twelve 12 oz. hand-crafted beers (3 of each) from “two different lightly distributed U.S. microbreweries.”
Ships to: U.S. only, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah
Good to know: Not only can you choose from one of the six monthlyclubs.com memberships, you can also “Design Your Own Club” by combining any or all clubs into one. This is a great idea for upcoming birthday gifts, Mother’s and/or Father’s Day, and the December holidays.
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A detailed newsletter is included each month where you can read about the two featured breweries and the beer that you will find in your box. I love reading the stories behind each brewery and learning more about how they make each beer. The featured breweries for October are Spider Bite Beer Company and Arcadia Brewing Company. Now for the beers!
Our first beer comes from Spider Bite Beer Company, founded in 2011 by Larry Goldstein and friend Anthony LiCausi. Larry studied brewing at the American Brewers Guild and developed Spider Bite after many years of discussion and planning with his family. At the companies first beer event, they won the F.X. Matt Memorial Cup for “Best Craft Brewery in New York State.” You can visit their Tasting Room in Holbrook!
Boris the Spider is a Russian Imperial Stout with 10% alcohol and 38 IBUs. This is a very traditional stout that is great for the cold weather season. It is much thicker with hints of chocolate, toffee, and a coffee bitterness that is very common in a traditional stout. Even though there are bitter undertones, the drink itself is very smooth with a wonderful sweetness.
This was the first beer that Spider Bite brewed, hence the name! This pale ale features more of an amber color with 6.2% alcohol and 45 IBUs. My first thought was how much of a caramel scent you get even before drinking! There is a very sweet flavor from the caramel mixed with a nice smokey layer. I didn’t really get a lot of the hops from this drink but instead got much more of the sweetness and a light citrus. The drink itself is very smooth and light which, to me, means it would work nicely with a hamburger and fries!
The second featured brewery is Arcadia Brewing Company. They were founded in 1996 by Tim Surprise and his wife Mardy in Battle Creek, MI. The brewing company was founded as a brewery and pub using an authentic English brick kettle brewing system. In 2014, they expanded to Kalamazoo as a brewhouse, restaurant, and beer garden!
Their first featured beer is the Sky High Rye and my favorite beer from this month! Coming in with 60 IBUs and 6% alcohol, this rye pale ale is loaded with layers of flavors. You are initially hit with the wonderful fruity scent mixed with a delicate spice. There are layers of pine that makes this drink go down smoothly. This is the type of beer that I could enjoy all year round with its bit of sweet and spice.
Our last beer of the month is the Cheap Date session pale ale with 30 IBUs and 4.5% alcohol. This drink tastes like summer to me with its super fruity flavors. I got a lot of berry flavors in each sip as well which makes this drink a bit more tart. The overall fruitiness makes this beer much sweeter which is why I think it would be great to sip on poolside in the warm weather! Plus, I am in love with the label on this beer!
Now that we are done tasting, here is a view of all the beers to see the difference in each! From left to right: Cheap Date, Sky High Rye, First Bite, Boris the Spider.
Verdict: The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club has quickly become a favorite in my house. We always seem to receive our monthly box when there is a big hockey or basketball game on TV which means we don’t have to worry about running out to buy beer before game time, it was delivered right to us! Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club does a great job in providing unique beers but also in featuring up and coming breweries. Plus, I have been able to learn so much more about the brewing process after receiving my Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, and it has allowed us to discover different beers that we now love and purchase on our own.
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? As of today, 11/9, you will start receiving the November Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club box.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $42.95 a month including the shipping cost. I received a total of 12 beers which is a value of $3.57 per bottle of beer. Most of these specialty beers would cost a lot more if you were buying it by the glass at a restaurant or if you were to buy them in a 6 pack or case. Considering the quality of each beer and the detailed brewery information, I think the overall monthly value is totally worth it since you would most likely be spending more to purchase each beer on its own.
What was your favorite brew from this month’s The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club?