Choosing a beer of the month club as a gift can be daunting. This guide will steer you toward the beer clubs that fit your unique preferences.
Domestic vs International
You can choose from monthly beer clubs that include all domestic brews, all international brews, or a combination of both.
We have also found some interesting specialty clubs at Halftime Beverage that include niche tastes, like East Coast beers, German Beer, IPA, or Porters & Stouts. We have not tried any of these clubs. If you have any experience with these clubs, drop us a note to let us know what you thought.
Selection and quantity
Almost all of the popular beer clubs include 12 bottles of beer. The number of unique selections varies from 2-4. Choices will usually come from 2 different breweries each month.
An exception to the 12 bottles of beer is the Original Craft Beer Club‘s option to order 24 beers per month.
Other exceptions include the Rare Beer Club from MonthlyClubs.com, which includes 2, 4, or 6 750ml bottles of beer each month. This is a very unique beer club in that it includes limited-release, celebratory, artisanal beers not typically available in 12oz bottles or your neighborhood liquor store. If you can handle the price tag, it’s definitely a treat for the discriminating beer lover.
Beer clubs range from $35.95 per month to $69.95 per month. You can save a few dollars each month at some clubs when you purchase 6 months or more.
The least expensive monthly beer club is Amazing Clubs. At the time if this writing, it starts at $35.99 per month. Amazing Clubs can offer beer clubs at slightly lower prices because they are much larger than most of the specialty beer clubs. They offer an assortment of over 40 different gift of the month clubs. We think it is worth spending a few extra bucks each month on niche beer clubs, as they focus on the quality and selection of beers rather than getting bulk discount pricing.
Cans vs Bottles
Until recently, 12oz bottles were the only choice. But with the trend toward microbreweries offering selections in cans, The Original Craft Beer Club has started to include cans in some of its shipments. Cans are usually offered every 3-4 months, so they are still less popular than bottles. But it is a good way to get a unique selection of beers.
MicroBeerClub.com offers a Big Bomber Club starting at $52 per month that includes 6 22oz bottles. So that is another unique choice.
Discounts and Specials
Some beer of the month clubs will offer periodic coupon codes that save $10 – $25 per membership. These are especially popular around Christmas and Fathers Day. Find current coupon codes here.
Still not sure which beer of the month club to choose?
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