Beer of the Month Club Reviews - Post 5If you’re interested in getting a monthly beer club you need in-depth beer of the month club reviews.

…Because with so many options, finding the right beer of the month club can be tough.

I understand your struggle. Which is why I decided to put together my own beer of the month club review… to help men like me find a club that they’ll look forward to receiving every month.

I’ve picked 5 clubs that I think stand out above the rest in every aspect. Of course, they have their negative points but those are few and far between and most are only issues that depend on your personal preferences.

So take a look at these 5 great beer of the month clubs and hopefully you’ll find the perfect one for yourself or to give as a gift:

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In-Depth Beer of the Month Club Reviews: 5 Monthly Clubs You Should Know About

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These 5 great beer of the month clubs have one important thing in common: Variety.

If you’re anything like me, you recognize the importance of individual tastes and profiles…

…and each of these 5 beer clubs selects beers from brewers that employ these creative methods of combining both.

Check out our 5 beer of the month club reviews:

1. Hop-Heads Beer Club

by The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club
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Cost:
$32.95 @ The Hop-Heads Beer Club

Delivery Frequency:
Monthly, Bi-monthly, or Quarterly

# of Bottles:
12

# of Beer Styles:
3

About the Hop-Heads Beer Club

Indian Pale Ales (IPAs) have become enormously popular in the past decade with countless craft breweries pumping out their own take on the nearly forgotten style.

In light of this popularity, the Hop-Heads Beer Club was newly created as an IPA of the Month Club for a more narrowly targeted group that can’t get enough hops.

The Brewmasters and beer judges for The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club have rated over 7,500 beers since 1994 and only choose the finest IPAs and Pale Ales to ship in the Hop-Heads Beer Club.

What’s Included in a Membership

The Hop-Heads Beer Club includes:

  • Twelve hand-crafted, high quality, hoppy 12 oz. beers (some will be cans while others are bottles, which depends on the brewery)
  • 3 different beer styles at 4 bottles per style (IPAs, Pale Ales, Imperials, IPLs, and Red Ales to name a few)
  • A monthly newsletter with suggested food pairings, tasting notes, beer profiles, and brewery histories
  • A personalized gift note (if you choose the gift option)

Recent Beer Selections

Some of the Hop-Heads recent beer selections include:

Primátor IPA (IPA) – Náchod, Cech Republic

Hop Whoopin’ (American IPA) – Plover, WI

Wooha Brewing IPA (IPA) – Kinloss, Scotlandf

The Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • High quality, hoppy beer from independent craft brewers who care about the taste of their beer.
  • Currently the only IPA beer of the month club on the market.
  • Excellent customer service with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an A+ rating from the BBB (they’ll replace or refund your order if there are any problems).
  • The club’s beer judges and Brewmasters have over 100 years combined experience in the industry (so they know their beers).
  • Only the best selections from around the US and the World chosen through blind taste tests (tasting blindly ensures no factors other than how good the beer is are taken into account)

Cons:

  • Getting only hoppy beers every month might get old after a while.
  • Averages out to $4 per bottle (not the cheapest, but still not the most expensive club)
  • Only 3 styles of beer per month.
  • Doesn’t ship to all States (more details below)

Shipping and Final Thoughts

Shipping

The Hop-Heads Beer Club ships to all U.S. States except Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re buying a beer subscription box for yourself or you’re looking for the perfect beer gift, the Hop-Heads Beer Club is your best choice if you want excellent quality, delicious hoppy beers every month. It’s fairly priced and full of interesting and tasty finds.

Become a member of the Hop-Heads Beer Club by clicking here.

2. Rare Beer Club

by The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club
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Cost:
$35.95 @ The Rare Beer Club

Delivery Frequency:
Monthly, Bi-monthly, or Quarterly

# of Bottles: 
2, 4, or 6 750 mL bottles

# of Beer Styles:
2

About the Rare Beer Club

The Rare Beer Club is my personal favorite beer club on this list.

Created by Michael Jackson, “The World’s Leading Beer Critic” according to the Wall Street Journal, his goal was to fashion a beer club that every man who considers himself a beer connoisseur could be proud to be apart of.

The Rare Beer Club selects only the hardest-to-find, artisanal craft beers that come from small, independent breweries from around the US and the World who use proven brewing techniques and innovative combinations of barrels (oak, wine, & bourbon), Brett, and unusual ingredients.

What’s Included in a Membership

The most unique beer club on this list, a membership includes:

  • Two 750 mL bottles of hand-selected, extremely rare beer styles from the highest grade breweries in the world.
  • The Malt of the Earth monthly newsletter.
  • A personalized gift note (if you choose the gift option).
  • A monthly email that allows you to customize your order before it ships (more details below).

Recent Beer Selections

Some of the Rare Beer Club’s recently featured beers include:

Ambratta Barriquée (Oak Barrel-Aged Sour Amber Ale) – Torrechiara, Italy (Only available in the US through the Rare Beer Club)

The Ground is Shaking! (Flemish-Inspired Sour Brown Ale aged in Vin Santo Wine Casks) – Tulsa, OK (A Rare Beer Club Exclusive)

Black Malts & Body Salts (Imperial Black IPA w/ Coffee) – Copenhagen, Denmark (Only 150 cases allocated in the US in 2017)

The Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Only the rarest and most sought-after artisanal beers are included in The Rare Beer Club.
  • An email will be sent each month before your subscription ships, allowing you to add more bottles, replace one or both bottles with a past selection, decide you only want one beer this month, or skip this month entirely.
  • The 750 mL bottles are often corked or wire-caged for an elegant look.
  • Many selections have a high enoug ABV and malt content that you can age them.
  • Club pairing options are (wine, chocolate, cheese, or flower) available.
  • Each month you’ll receive suggested food pairings, tasting notes, beer profiles, and brewery histories.
  • Limited releases and Rare Beer Club Exclusives are often shipped.
  • Reordering beers can be accomplished whenever you please.
Cons:
  • Limited release means you might not be able to get your favorites again.
  • Two 750 mL bottles only equals about 3 pints (but it’s definitely worth it).
  • The price may be a bit steep for some.
  • Limited shipping options (see below).

Shipping and Final Thoughts

Shipping

The Rare Beer Club ships to all U.S. States except Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah.

Final Thoughts

The Rare Beer Club is a fantastic beer of the month club and is ideal for anyone who enjoys exceptional, hand-crafted beer from the world’s leading microbreweries. With many selections you won’t find anywhere else, it’s wonderful to buy for yourself in a beer subscription box or to give as a beer of the month club gift.

You can purchase the 2-bottle option of The Rare Beer Club by following this link.

3. Craft Beer Club

by The Original Craft Beer Club
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Cost:
$42.00 @ The Original Craft Beer Club

Delivery Frequency:
Monthly, Bi-monthly, or Quarterly

# of Bottles:
12

# of Beer Styles:
4

About the Craft Beer Club

The Craft Beer Club, founded in 1992, is the flagship craft beer club and offers the most exceptional craft beers from small, independent breweries from around the US.

It offers a supreme, constantly rotating stock of beers that are created with the consumer in mind.

The Membership

As a member of The Craft Beer Club, you’ll receive:

  • Twelve 12 oz. bottles or cans of high-quality made-in-the-USA beer
  • 4 styles of brews at 3 cans per style
  • Up to 3 bonus gifts (a bottle opener and coasters)
  • The Microbrew New newsletter, highlighting the beers’ stories, where they came from, and what pairs with them

Recent Beer Selections

A few of the Craft Beer Club’s recent brews are:

Dick Danger Ale (English Dark Mild Ale) – Chehalis, WA

3rd Wave Sandstorm (Classic Belgian Tripel) – Delmar, DE

Phelan Irish Red (Irish Red Ale) – Bay City, MI

The Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Seriously delicious, high quality craft beers from all over the US.
  • On your first shipment, you have the option to receive up to 3 bonus gifts.
  • Free shipping (with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Cans are featured 3x per year to spice things up.
  • Gift 1-12 shipments and receive an additional $25 bonus with your order.
  • Access to recipes perfect for pairing with your beers.
  • The cheapest option on this list.
Cons:
  • If you cancel before paying for 3 months, you will be charged $19.90 for the bottle opener and coasters.
  • Only US beers, which may not be for everyone.

Shipping and Final Thoughts

Shipping

The Craft Beer Club offers free shipping to everywhere in the US with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii

Final Thoughts

If you or someone you know likes finely-crafted beers from the top independent breweries from around the US, then this is the beer club for you.

Become a member of the Craft Beer Club by clicking here. You can select whether it’s a gift or for yourself.

4. US Microbrewed Beer Club

by The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club
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Cost:
$27.95 @ The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club

Delivery Frequency:
Monthly, Bi-monthly, or Quarterly

# of Bottles:
12

# of Beer Styles:
4

About The US Microbrewed Beer Club

The US Microbrewed Beer Club is another club that puts the spotlight on the best microbreweries from around the US.

Using the same selection process as all Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club clubs, they take pride in their beer selection process and you can be sure you’re getting quality, hand-selected beers every month.

The Membership

A membership to the US Microbrewed Beer Club includes:

  • Twelve 12 oz. finely-crafted beers from small microbreweries around the US
  • 4 beer styles at 3 cans per style
  • The Malt of the Earth monthly newsletter.
  • A personalized gift note (if you choose the gift option).

Recent Beer Selections

Vicious Circle Amber Ale (American Amber) – Athens, OH

Spencer Trappist Ale (Belgian Pale Ale) – Spencer, MA

Mudshark Porter (American Porter) – Athens, OH

The Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Fantastic and hard-to-find selections from the finest microbreweries around the US
  • Custom pairing options with other clubs
  • The club has an A+ rating from the BBB.
  • Cancel or change your subscription whenever you like.
  • Flexible payment methods (you can pay for your entire subscription up front or pay monthly)
  • Bottles and cans to mix things up.
Cons:
  • More expensive than the Craft Beer Club
  • US breweries only
  • Limited Shipping (see below)

Shipping and Final Thoughts

Shipping

The US Microbrewed Beer Club ships to all U.S. States except Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah.

Final Thoughts

The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club is featured on this list for good reason. They’ve gotten beer of the month clubs down to a science and with the US Microbrewed Beer Club, you can rest easy knowing you’ll receive a beer subscription box worth drinking (or gift a beer of the month club worth receiving).

5. International Beer Club

by The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club
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Cost:
$34.95 @ The International Beer Club

Delivery Frequency:
Monthly, Bi-monthly, or Quarterly

# of Bottles:
12

# of Beer Styles:
2

About the International Beer Club

The International Beer Club is another beer subscription service by The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club. Using the same blind taste test as the others, the club’s beer judges choose only the finest award-winning hard-to-find beers to ship to your door.

My favorite part of the International Beer Club is in its name: International Beer.

The club highlights craft beers from only international breweries so you can transport yourself (or someone you care about with a gift subscription) to another country by simply having beer delivered to your (or their) door!

What’s Included in a Membership

A subscription to the International Beer Club includes:

  • Twelve 12 oz. hand-crafted beers from the world’s top international breweries.
  • 2 different beer styles with 6 bottles of each style
  • The Malt of the Earth monthly newsletter
  • A personalized gift note (if you choose the gift option)

Recent Beer Selections

Pickled Santa (Winter Warmer) – Oxfordshire, England

Primátor Maibock (Maibock) – Náchod, Cech Republic

Köstritzer Schwarzbier (Schwarzbier) – Bad Köstritz, Germany

The Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Delicious, hand-selected, rare beers from international breweries you’ll be lucky to find locally.
  • Flexible payment options (pay in one installment or per shipment).
  • 98% of members surveyed have been satisfied with the club.
  • Blind taste tests ensure the beers selected for the International Beer Club are rated on one condition: How good they are.
  • You can reorder past selections if you find a beer you really enjoy.
  • Fantastic customer service (your order will be replaced or refunded if there’s a problem)
  • Food pairings, tasting notes, beer profiles, and brewery histories in the monthly newsletter.
Cons:
  • Only two styles per month (which might be good for you if you don’t need much variety each month)
  • One of the more expensive clubs with the average beer cost a little over $4
  • Limited shipping (see below)

Shipping and Final Thoughts

Shipping

The International Beer Club ships to all U.S. States except Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah.

Final Thoughts

The International Beer Club is a great option for those who want to expand their beer horizons to a more worldly plane. With world-class, award-winning beers from the finest international breweries, a subscription to the International Beer Club is the perfect gift for someone who loves trying new and unusual beers.

You can become a member of The International Beer Club by following this link.

Beer of the Month Clubs with Specialty Shipping

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Unfortunately some states still have remnant laws and statutes from the days of illegal alcohol. Others are just more challenging or expensive to ship to.

If you’re worried about shipping beer to your State (the main ones are Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, Minnesota, Utah, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii), take a look at our list of beer clubs that ship to specific states to find a club that will ship to yours.

Beer of the Month Club vs Beer Subscription

Beer of the Month Club Reviews - Beer Of The Month Club Vs Beer Subscription

Beer of the month clubs and beer subscription boxes are very similar but with one major difference:

A beer subscription box is what you buy for yourself while a subscription to a beer of the month club is the perfect gift for someone else.

In Conclusion

So there you have it:

Our 5, in-depth beer of the month club reviews. These will hopefully help you make a more educated purchasing decision whether you’re buying a beer subscription box for yourself or a beer of the month club for someone you love.

Happy drinking I(or gifting)!