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
ACTIVE DEAL: $10 off a 4 shipment order
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 birthday gifts, Mother’s and/or Father’s Day.
The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club March 2018 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 March are Harpoon Brewing Company and Millstream Brewing Company. Now for the beers!
Our first brewery of the month is from my favorite brewery Harpoon Brewing Co. out of Boston! Harpoon was founded in 1986 by Dan Kenary and Rich Doyle. They spent time traveling Europe in search of brewing styles as part of their research. Their first beer sold in 1987 at the waterfront location in Boston. The founders strongly believe in helping their community, they said, "We learned to appreciate how much local brewers meant to their communities. They were not just manufacturers of a product; they were part of the social fabric." Boston is one of my favorite cities, I fell in love with it when I was 17, and I spent many weekends exploring the city throughout my 20s. The brewery sits right on the water, we visited for the first time on a very rainy afternoon, but there was still a huge line around the building to get in. Harpoon is a Boston staple, from the Warren Tavern to The Garden, you will always find a Harpoon to enjoy!
The first beer from Harpoon is Flannel Friday, the perfect fall beer that you can usually find in my fridge around Halloween. This is an American Amber Ale with 35 IBUs and 5.7% alcohol. This brew has a lovely malt flavor mixed with hops that bring out the pine notes and citrus. It is a medium-bodied beer that goes down easy and pairs nicely with food. At the brewery, you can order these huge pretzels, and I found that Flannel Friday paired the best with those salty pretzels. If you purchase this brew this fall, take a moment to read the label, the attention to detail on the description will make you feel all cozy and ready to sip on some delicious brew!
My husband just got Fresh Tracks in a Harpoon tasting pack and we were so excited because this brew is hard to find here in Pittsburgh. It is an American Pale Ale with 6.2% alcohol and 38 IBUs. This beer is very light with hints of lemon, orange, and pine. There is a light bitterness, a small number of malty flavors, and a lot of hop! I love this beer so much, I wish I could drink it year round! It pairs well with food right off the grill, especially fish.
Our second brewery is Millstream Brewing Company out of Amana, IA. Amana was without a brewery for 100 years, until 1985 when the town welcomed Millstream Brewing. Brothers James & Dennis Roeming and Carroll Zuber founded the microbrewery out of a love for European ales and lagers. By 2001, the brewery was sold to its current owners Chris Priebe and Tom & Teresa Albert. The brewery now carries German pub fare and the same great brews that started Millstream Brewing Company back in 1985.
The first beer we tried from Millstream is their Iowa Pale Ale. This American IPA has 50 IBUs and 6% alcohol. This beer was fruity and sweet with a strong malt flavor and caramel. What you really taste is the wonderful citrus layer of orange and lemon. The beer is hoppy but in that 'perfect amount' sort of way! This beer overall was flavorful with a smooth and mild finish, so you really could drink this year round!
This holiday seasonal (only available from November to January) bock has 23 IBUs and 6.6% alcohol. I thought this poured a bit darker than your average bock and was filled with bitter flavors like coffee and dark chocolate. The malt gives it that light sweetness that lingers after every sip. There is a light hop as well that cuts through the overall sweetness of this brew. While I am not the biggest fan of bock style brews, this was a delight to try! I can see enjoying this during the winter next to a warm fire or as a dessert beer on Thanksgiving.
Now that we are done tasting, here is a view of all the beers to see the difference in each! From left to right: Fresh Tracks, Iowa Pale Ale, Flannel Friday, Schokolade Bock.
Verdict: This Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club was my all-time favorite because it came with my favorite beer, Harpoon! I was excited to see a brewery that I was familiar with, but it was great to be able to receive brews from them that are a bit more out of season. So I could enjoy beers that I can't really find right now! I loved learning and taste testing everything from Millstream Brewing as well. That is what makes this box so much fun, taste testing beers that you won't find at your local store!
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? As of publication, you will start receiving the May 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. Plus, the overall curation and exclusivity of each brewery is where I really see the value each month.
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