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Are you a beer enthusiast who’s tired of your same old local store offerings? Fortunately, microbrewing is a booming — and very trendy — business these days. New breweries are popping up all over the U.S. and the world every day. Thanks to a batch of online beer subscriptions, you can sample some of the best new beers before they hit the market and maybe even a few that are not available in your local bottle shop. Check out our best beer of the month club reviews to see which monthly beer subscription can satisfy your thirst for new brews.
Best Beer of the Month Club Winners
We’ve chosen our winners based on several factors including the quality and variety of beer delivered to your door, informational offerings via blogs or newsletters, the variety of subscription options, cost and more.
The Rare Beer Club wins our top spot as the best beer of the month club. Brought to you by the world-renowned beer critic, Michael Jackson and his taste-testing panel of experts, this club is all about rare beer finds from craft breweries around the world. You’ll be introduced to exclusive beers before they make it to the U.S. market, brews developed solely for the Rare Beer Club, and Imperial and Extreme beers, which are heartier versions of existing styles (more malt, more hops, and much higher ABVs). Types of selections include hard ales, sour ales, IPAs, stouts, lagers and more. They offer a wide variety of subscription/gift options, with a minimum of two shipments to get started.
All of the Rare Beer Club selections come in 750 ml bottles, and most are cork finished and wire caged. You receive two separate beer selections in every shipment. The four bottle option includes two of each selection, and the six bottle option has three of each. See all plans.
|Number of Bottles Per Shipment||2 Bottles||4 Bottles||6 Bottles|
|Price Per Shipment||$35.95||$53.95||$70.95|
|Shipping Fees Per Shipment||$14||$16||$19|
Our number two pick for the best beer of the month club is the U.S. and International Variety Beer Club, from the same corporation that runs the Rare Beer of the Month Club. This company and its expert tasting panel know what they’re doing when it comes to fine brews. With this club, you’ll receive hand-crafted beers from both U.S. craft microbreweries and International breweries — 12, 12 oz. bottles from two different U.S. microbreweries and two different microbreweries from overseas (three bottles each). This beer club is the company’s most popular package for the variety of beers you receive and less expensive subscription fees compared to their Rare Beer Club pricing.
U.S. and International Variety Beer Club sends you four different beer styles, three of each style.
- $32.95 per month for 12 beers
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The Original Craft Beer Club takes our number three spot as the best craft beer subscription service. Like our top two clubs, the Craft Beer Club has a panel of experts that sample hundreds of beers per year to give you the highest quality craft brews. They select a wide variety of beers, including ales, lagers, stouts and porters, from independent American brewers that produce small batches. The downsides to this craft beer of the month club are fewer subscription options and ongoing charges to your credit card, so you have to remember to cancel if you no longer want their beer boxes. But the Original Craft Beer Club offers competitive pricing and free shipping.
The Original Craft Beer of the Month Club offers monthly, every other month or quarterly shipping options with automatic renewal. Shipping is free.
- $42 per shipment for 12 beers (4 styles, 3 of each)
- $80 per shipment for 24 beers (4 styles, 6 of each)
- See all plans
Other Beer of the Month Club Reviews
Below are our reviews of a few more popular monthly beer clubs. They didn’t make it into our top three but are worth considering.
Amazing Clubs offers 40 different subscription clubs, everything from beer to teddy bears. And it seems that they’ve spread themselves too thin to offer the highest quality and variety of products, at least when it comes to their monthly beer box. You do get 12 quality beers (ales, lagers, stouts, porters, etc.) from award-winning breweries around the U.S. with every shipment, but they’re not unique or hard-to-find brews. And beer enthusiasts will likely find the lack of an informative newsletter about each beer and minimal website resources disappointing.
- $39.95 per shipment ongoing until you cancel (delivery every month or every other month)
- $116.85 for 3 Month Club (delivered every month or every other month; $38.95 per shipment)
- $155.80 for Seasonal (4 Month) Club (delivered every 3rd month; $38.95 per shipment)
- $227.70 for 6 Month Club (delivered every month or every other month; $37.95 per shipment)
- $443.40 for 12 Month Club (delivered every month or every other month; $36.95 per shipment)
- See all plans
Clubs Galore seems to be another mega-specialty box subscription company that doesn’t specialize in beer. Their beer subscription box is on the expensive side, but they offer more variety and fun beer facts than Amazing Clubs. And you get four different selections (three of each) every shipment including hard-to-find, award-winning beers from U.S. and International breweries. Like many other clubs, they provide a variety of beer types and an informational newsletter about each beer you’re receiving. Clubs Galore is a decent choice if you don’t mind paying more than similar clubs.
Clubs Galore gives you the option of purchasing anywhere from 3-12 months of boxes with delivery monthly, every other month or every third month.
- $49.99 per shipment for 12 beers (4 styles; 3 of each kind)
Clubs of America Beer of the Month Club has delivered more than 3 million shipments since its founding in 1994 — a testament to the reputation and popularity of this club. Every beer subscription box includes only the finest, award-winning beers from small American microbreweries. They seem to be a bit heavy on ales, but they also deliver pilsners, IPAs, stouts and lagers. With a money-back guarantee and free shipping, this Club can be a great option, unless you want international beers or if you mind the occasional can instead of a bottle.
Clubs of America offers one to 12 months options with a $25 discount if you opt for the 12-month subscription. You can choose delivery every month, every other month or every third month.
- $42.95 per shipment for 12 beers (4 styles; 3 of each kind)
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Guzzle or Gift It?
These beer of the month subscriptions are a great way to indulge in your own brew interests, but they also make a perfect gift for fellow beer enthusiasts. Any of the beer boxes we’ve reviewed here would make great gifts, especially since these libations could keep on giving for a few months beyond the initial celebrations! And if you’ve ever had the inkling to brew your own beer, be sure to check out our home brewing kit comparison article.
What do you want out of a beer club monthly delivery?