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 May 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 May are Carson's Brewery and Mt. Carmel Brewing Company. Now for the beers!
Our first brewery of the month is from Carson's Brewery in Evansville, IN. Jason Carson had a desire to start brewing so he gathered some experienced brewing partners together in 2013 and started producing! Their brewhouse began with a 20-barrel system and has grown into producing around a half dozen "core" beers. They have partnered with various places including It Takes a Village Canine Rescue to develop specialty beers!
The first beer from Carson's Brewery is RIPA, an American IPA with 7% alcohol and 70 IBUs. This IPA has everything that you could want hints of citrus, floral, spice, and a very strong bitterness. This beer is very bold and very strong, so you won't find me sipping on this all night. However, I thought it was a well-rounded beer that had so many layers of flavor and that strong hop that I love!
Our next beer from Carson's is their Red Dawn, an American Dark Wheat Ale with 5.5% alcohol and 30 IBUs. This is another amber colored beer with a great blend of flavors. There are some toasty bitter notes that are complemented by a light sweetness. I also got a little bit of a spice aftertaste that got me wishing it was fall! This would be a great beer to enjoy as the weather starts to turn cooler at an outdoor picnic.
Our second brewery is Mt. Carmel Brewing Company from Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati natives, Mike and Kathleen Dewey, started brewing out of their storm cellar at their farmhouse using only two vessels to brew. The business started to grow in 2005 and has now become an 80 barrel brewhouse. You can find their beers throughout Ohio and Kentucky! I went to college in Cincinnati, Go Xavier!, so I am always excited to see so many amazing beers coming out of where I called home for so many years.
The first beer is the Hibiscus Blueberry Blonde Ale, with 5.5% alcohol and 21 IBUs. I am going to start by saying this was my favorite beer of the month, it honestly poured like a glass of champagne! You obviously get a strong blueberry smell and taste with a ton of floral notes as well. The hibiscus isn't too overpowering, just a really lovely floral taste and smell. This beer is so light and refreshing, I could drink it all day! The taste reminded me of a glass of champagne so drink it nice and cold to get that lovely refreshing taste. I could see myself drinking this with a cheese plate or a light seafood dish. Such an amazing and unique beer that I hope to get on my next trip back to Cincinnati.
The last beer of the month is Coffee Brown, an American Brown Ale with 6% alcohol and 38 IBUs. This beer was made in collaboration with Deeper Roots Coffee, a local roaster that provided the coffee to infuse into this beer. It smelled very sweet and had light hints of syrup in each sip. The biggest flavor was the coffee, dark chocolate, and some bitter toast. I normally don't love coffee infused beers, but this wasn't as overpowering and strong as others I have tried. It was creamy and rich without being too bitter. I could see this being a wonderful beer to drink on a chilly evening.
Now that we are done tasting, here is a view of all the beers to see the difference in each! From left to right: Hibiscus Blueberry Blonde Ale, Red Dawn, RIPA, Coffee Brown.
Verdict: This Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club was amazing as usual! My husband always loves taste testing the beers with me, and we will often invite friends or family over as well when unboxing each month. I was very excited to see a beer from my old town, Cincinnati, and fell in love with their Hibiscus Blueberry Blonde Ale! Carson's Brewery was new to me and offered two amazing beers that went very quickly in our house. Plus, I absolutely loved their labels. This box is a great way to be introduced to beers that might not be sold in your area, perfect for any beer lover!
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? As of publication, you will start receiving the July 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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