The Craft Beer Club Review - UPDATED May 2017
The Craft Beer Club is a beer club company that hand-picks exceptional American craft beers and sends them to its members each month, right to their doorstep. This beer club chose to work only with American beers, produced all across the country. They ship anywhere in the contiguous United States so if you, say, live in the east and are interested in tasting some excellent Seattle area beers, The Craft Beer Club can make it happen. Read this The Craft Beer Club review to find out if this beer club is the right choice for you.
Beer Selection & Quality
As we already mentioned, The Craft Beer Club offers craft beer from all over the United States. The craft beer culture has been on a tremendous rise over the last few decades and the number of microbreweries in the country is the highest in the entire world. With such an amazing offer, it is getting pretty difficult to keep track of what’s good. Fortunately, the folks over at The Craft Beer Club know their beer oh so well and they seem to be very passionate about bringing only the top craft beer available in the nation right now. So, when it comes to quality, you can count only on world-class, premium beers that meet the club’s high standards.
The same goes for the selection. The Craft Beer Club works with about 20 craft breweries from across the nation and offers all standard craft beer types, from IPAs, of course, to Porters and Stouts. Like most other beer-of-the-month clubs, there is a featured selection each month that is shipped to all subscribers. You get four different styles, three bottles each, and if there is a particular style you really don’t care for, you can let the club know so they won’t send it to you. Along with the beers, you get the monthly newsletter with all the info about the beer you just received, the breweries that produced them, and some general beer info.
What Makes The Craft Beer Club Different
One of the things that makes The Craft Beer Club different is the fact they ship anywhere in the United States and send beers produced anywhere in the United States. It’s an amazing, exciting network they are creating between beer enthusiasts and beer professionals, united in their love for the beverage.
Another thing we noticed about this beer club is that they are not explicitly against canned beer. Many people who consider themselves craft beer enthusiasts wouldn’t be caught dead drinking from a can, but the folks over at The Craft Beer Club believe that this particular form of beer packaging actually has its upsides and advantages over bottles, provided the manufacturer does it right, of course.
Some beer clubs charge a membership fee, usually quite modest, but still, a fee. You don’t get that with The Craft Beer Club, which offers free membership and does not have a strict subscription term. You can cancel anytime you want – they will just stop charging you and sending you beer.
The Craft Beer Club is also quite flexible. As we said earlier in this The Craft Beer Club review, if you don’t like a particular style of beer, they won’t send it to you. If you still hate cans, they will skip a shipment on the months when their featured selection includes cans. You can even opt for cans only, in which case you will receive the beer quarterly.
Speaking of shipment, the great news is that it is completely free, always, which is definitely pretty amazing. Bear in mind, though, that this only applies to the contiguous United States and does not include Hawaii and Alaska.
A beer-of-the-month club subscription makes an excellent gift for friends and family who love beer. You can purchase a subscription and have it sent over to your friend, coworker, boss, boyfriend or girlfriend, parents, uncles, and so on. You can send 12 or 24 beers per month, once a month, bi-monthly or quarterly. It’s entirely up to you. The Craft Beer Club also allows you to send a cute greeting card to your gift recipient, which can be placed on top of the box or found inside. It can be a season’s greeting, a birthday or anniversary card, a thank-you note or basically anything you want since they are completely customizable.
Club Membership & Pricing
Like we already said in our The Craft Beer Club review, this beer club does not charge any membership fees. In order to join, you simply pick the kind of subscription you want, using a rather simple form.
The prices change depending on the number of beers and shipments you opt for. The cheapest option is 12 beers per month (four styles, three beers each) and it costs $42 for an ongoing or a single-month shipment. Two shipments cost $84, three shipments cost $126 and come with a free bottle opener while four shipments cost $168. For five shipments you will have to pay $210, six shipments, which come with a free opener and coasters, cost $252 and 12 shipments, with both gifts and $25 off, cost $479.
The pricing rate is similar for the box with 24 beers (four styles, six beers each). The ongoing or one-month shipping of this box costs $79.80 and comes with a 5% discount, two shipments cost $159.60 and so on, up to the 12-month shipment, which costs $867.60 and comes with 5% and $90 discount.
We were very pleased to learn that The Craft Beer Club pays as much attention to their customers as it does to their beer selection. Even though they have regular office working hours, meaning 8am-5pm Monday to Friday, they have an answering service that picks up as soon as the office closes, which means 5 pm sharp, and remains at your service until the office opens again the following day, at 8 am. So, even though these are Pacific Standard Times (the company is based in California), someone will be there to answer whenever you call.
In addition to phone support, there is also an email you can use for ordering or making inquiries and there is the live chat option which is, unfortunately, only available during office hours (again, 8am-5pm PST Mon-Fri). Finally, there is a support form on their website you can use for any kind of questions and comments you might have.
- Free membership
- Free shipping
- Good flexibility
- Good customer support
- Easy ordering
- Good selection of American craft beers
- No imported beers
- No custom brand selection
- No reordering