The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club Review + Coupon – November 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.
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This review is of The U.S. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, $27.95 a month, box.
About The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club
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 December holidays and birthday gifts, Mother’s and/or Father’s Day.
The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club November 2017 Review
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 November are Red River Brewing Company and Argus Brewery. Now for the beers!
Our first beer comes from Red River Brewing Company, founded by Jared Beville and Beau Raines in 2013. What started out as a garage homebrew system, has grown into a full brewery and taproom! The brewery, located in downtown Shreveport, uses a robust 20-barrel brewing system and features delicious food from a local food trailer.
Penalty Bock comes in at 5.5% alcohol with 22 IBUs and was brewed in celebration of the Shreveport Mudbugs NAHL junior hockey team. This reddish-amber ale is great to enjoy during the cooler months of the year. I loved how smooth this beer was, making it super easy to drink! The flavors were creamy like a caramel with hints of a mild bitterness. The malt and brown sugar ingredients make this have some sweet layers as well, which I loved! I did get some light sips that tasted like figs and raisins which explains why it would be great to enjoy in the winter, very seasonal.
My favorite beer of the month, and features everything that I love about wheat beer! Coming in at 5.5% alcohol and only 14 IBUs. It pours in that light golden color with hints of spice at every sip. It really reminded me of Fall which makes sense since apple is added to this brew. The rye takes this wheat beer up a notch and brings out the overall herbal spice in a big way. I can see myself sipping on this beer in a pub with some fish and chips, takes me back to my college days!
The second featured brewery is Argus Brewery, founded in 2009 by father-son duo Bob and Patrick Jensen. The brewery is located in Chicago’s Pullman District which once was the historical home of the Pullman train car manufacturing company. Since opening, the brewery has added some spectacular brewmasters with years of experience, and the brewery now brews a few private label beers for local pubs and restaurants.
The first beer from Argus Brewery is the Golden Prairie Ale which comes in at 6% alcohol and 62 IBUs. The first thing I noticed with this beer was the lovely brown amber color and the foam top. This beer is balanced perfectly with a great blend of bitter hops and malt. This beer was made by brewmaster Ted Furman and was his original recipe! I got some hints of caramel sweetness and a nutty aftertaste that was very unique. I love German beer and this really had all of the flavors that I love, a simple and smooth beer that you can enjoy on its own or with a big potato pancake!
Our last beer of the month comes in at 5.5% alcohol with 36 IBUs. I am not a huge amber beer drinker so this was a really unique beer for me to try. The name for this beer came to honor one of Chicago’s independent record labels, Bloodshot Records and is brewed as a more English style beer. This beer was smooth with lots of malt and caramel undertones. I got a lot of pine flavors that you can really smell and taste, with a bitter end with every sip. This, to me, is the perfect cold winter afternoon beer to enjoy next to the fire with fish and chips. A really lovely beer that I was happy to try!
Now that we are done tasting, here is a view of all the beers to see the difference in each! From left to right: Hay Ryed, Bloodshot Red Ale, Golden Prairie Ale, Penalty Bock.
Verdict: This Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club was one of my favorites! I am a wheat beer girl and I loved taste testing all of the more German-like pub beers that were featured this month. I also appreciate trying new beers that I would normally not order or purchase on my own, Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club did a great job of bringing that variety this month. Plus, since you receive 12 beers each month, we were able to stock up our fridge this holiday season to have beer on hand when we had company stop over. It was so great to know we had quality drinks to offer our guests, and we were knowledgeable about each beer and the brewery!
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? As of publication, you will start receiving the December 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, much less than you would pay for these beers if you ordered them at a pub. With these being more specialty brews, purchasing them as a 6-pack or even a case could cost you close or even above the monthly cost of this box. If you are a beer drinker, and we are in my house, then this box is a must!
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