What could be better than sampling the latest craft beer? Having it delivered to your house, of course. Craft beer clubs are a great way to taste new and rare beverages that you might not have been able to try otherwise.
Their original goal still holds true today: to find the best craft beers from small-production, independent microbreweries across the country, and deliver them directly to brew lovers in nearly every state.
Each box highlights two craft breweries, located in very different geographical locations: For example, you could get California and New York beer in the same shipment. Each month you’ll receive 12 world-class craft beers for around $43, featuring four beer varieties in different styles.
Each order comes with a full-color newsletter that has background stories about the breweries with an interview of the owner and/or brewmaster. You’ll also learn about the tasting awards they may have received, a recipe to pair with the beers, and even some trivia.
Shipping is free within the contiguous U.S., and depending on the length of subscription, they offer a number of bonus gifts. Free perks include a one-year subscription to e-magazine Beer Connoisseur, a heavyweight beer opener, a set of four custom-designed koozies, and even a discount.
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Best for Using an App: Tavour
Tavour works with over 600 independent breweries nationwide and is the highest rated craft beer delivery app. The company connects beer fans with breweries that they would not have access to otherwise.
As a new Tavour member, you can pay as you go. At least twice a day, a new beer is shared on the app. You can add them to your crate and purchase them instantly if you like. Set your shipping date to ship as soon as one week after adding your first beer, or as late as four weeks.
Beer prices range from about $7 for two cans to approximately $30 for a barrel-aged imperial stout. No matter how many beers are in your crate, everything will be shipped for around $15.
Or, you can choose to go with a subscription. Choose your beverages, whether you want six or 12 beers, and how often you want them delivered (monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly). Tavor will reveal the beers before it ships and you have the option to cancel or have it shipped to you. Subscriptions range from around $55 to approximately $100 per box.
Best for Variety: Beer of the Month Club
Your shipment each month includes 12 beers with four different types of rare, craft beer. The four options are a mix of Ales, Lagers, Bocks, IPAs, Stouts, Porters, and more. Each shipment includes a monthly newsletter describing your selections, fun facts, and more.
Pricing depends on the number of months you choose for the subscription but averages about $49 per month. Beer of the Month Club offers flexible subscription options that you can cancel at any time. Shipping is free.
The company has delivered high-quality microbrewed craft beer to members all over America for more than 24 years. All packages have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club delivers 12 bottles with four brew varieties from two different lightly-distributed U.S. craft breweries for about $30, plus shipping. The U.S. and International Variety Beer Club features 12 bottles with four options from three or more lightly distributed U.S. and international craft breweries for around $35, plus shipping.
For the same price, the Hop-Heads Beer Club delivers 12 bottles of three hoppy beers. You’ll get beverages, such as IPAs, Double IPAs, Imperial IPAs, Sessional IPLs, hoppy Pale, and Red Ales, from two or more U.S. or international craft breweries.
Choose the International Beer Club and receive 12 bottles of two different brews for approximately $38, plus shipping. Or, go with the Rare Beer Club and receive hand-crafted, limited-release, artisanal beers from two of the world’s best brewers. You’ll choose either one, two, or three 750ml bottles for $39, plus shipping. All clubs include brewery profiles and tasting notes.
Best International: Hops Collective
If your flavor profile leans toward foreign brews, the Hops Collective offers a European Beer Club Subscription. Focusing on imported beverages from Europe, you’ll receive craft beer, as well as traditional styles from countries within Europe like Ireland, England, and Belgium.
The Hops Collective is the perfect way to discover new brands and expand your taste preferences. You’ll choose between four, six, 12, or 24 European beers and receive a variety of beer ranging in size, from 300ml to 650ml per bottle or can. These are hard-to-find, artfully-crafted beers.
Included with each shipment are rare and limited craft beers, plus, handy info cards telling you about your selection, the brewery, tasting notes, and recommended song pairings. The cards are created with the intention for you to save and keep track of your collection and favorites.
If you’d like to sample some additional European fare with your beer, you can add gourmet foods, fruit, cheese, chocolate, wine, and more to your order. Shipping is free to most U.S. destinations.
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Best National: Beer Across America
Every order also receives a free, personalized professional barkeep bottle opener. Inside the monthly newsletter, you’ll learn the history of each month’s breweries, plus receive tasting notes and fun facts about the selections.
Beer Across America has featured hundreds of award-winning craft breweries. Some of their favorites include Boulder Beer Company in Boulder, CO, Mendocino Brewing Company in Hopland, CA, Flying Fish Brewing Company in Somerdale, NJ, and Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, ME, among numerous others.
No ongoing commitment is required, and you can cancel at any time. Choose the number of shipments and when they arrive, and then you’ll receive tracking information with the arrival date.
Best for Beer Gear: First Sip Brew Box
You won’t receive any beer in the shipments, but it’s a fun gift for the beer enthusiast. Additionally, you’ll get a delicious treat to pair with your beer, or a lifestyle item that’s crafted with malts and hops. Each month’s shipment goes out every two weeks.
Choose from three boxes: The Brewmaster Brew Box starts at about $25 per month, plus shipping, and includes swag from that month’s featured brewery; The Enthusiast Brew Box starts at around $50 per month, plus shipping; and The Connoseur Brew Box starts at approximately $60 per month, plus shipping, and is loaded with brewery swag and food. With the Brewmaster Brew Box, you’ll also receive items to eat and wear.
And not to worry: You can cancel at any ti
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