Your beer choices are no longer limited by the selection available in your neighborhood! Craft Beer Club is a monthly subscription that delivers a twelve pack of select microbrews right to your home. Picked from across the U.S. and Canada, each selection has received acclaim and is very popular within its distribution area – but CBC lets you enjoy them wherever you may be.
Every shipment includes relevant issues of the Micro Brew News.
DEAL: When you subscribe or give it as a gift, the subscription will come with bonus items – no coupon code required!
The Club delivers a mixed twelve pack each month which includes three cans or bottles of each of four varieties (they also have a case option) – though our beer came in cans this month, most month’s selections come in bottles. Each box has had two offerings each from two featured microbreweries.
Two separate volumes of Micro Brew News were included, one for each Brewer. They include information on the history and philosophy of the featured breweries, as well as details on the style, stats, and composition of each brew.
The back of each sheet had a recipe designed to pair well with the beer selections (or in some cases, actually use the beer in the recipe!), as well as some beer-related trivia. The trivia is very instructive, covering some facet of brewing or brew culture in depth. It’s a great way to casual expand your beer IQ.
All the great beer we received in this month’s box!
Our two selections from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company in Fort Worth, Texas. The current Brewery opened in 2004, reviving a family brewing tradition dating as far back as 1847.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company The Fort Worth American Session Ale: The use of actual lemon and lime during brewing is evident in the nose and bright flavor of this session beer. It is light and easy drinking, with a flavor similar to a lime-spiked Corona, but lighter and cleaner on the palate.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company Ugly Pug Schwarzbier: This black lager has the light and refreshing body of a lager, but it has the roasty, chocolate and caramel notes of a much heavier beer. The chocolate flavor is particularly vivid.
And two offerings from South Chicago’s Baderbrau Breing Company.
Baderbrau Brewing Company South Side Pride Munich Helles: A straight-forward beer made with all-barley malts. The flavor is potent and pure, but the beer remains medium-bodied. No funny flavors, just good beer taste!
Baderbrau Brewing Company High Noon Hefeweizen: I loved the intense flavor of this wheat beer! It has a bit of a spicy note from the high concentration of wheat – think of rye whiskey versus ordinary whiskey.
It is brewed with over 90% wheat malt!
Very lovely beers this month. Apart from the deep caramel of the ugly pug, they were each a beautiful golden color, with the wheat beer being just a tad tawnier in tone.
I really loved that this selection contained relatively light beers – many breweries seem compelled to contribute a porter and an IPA, and the aggressive malting and hopping, respectively, can get monotonous. These choices were perfect for Summer, yet they also provided a diversity of flavor profiles. That’s the best part about this of-the-month style subscription – I like trying different styles of beer and being able to taste the different flavor imparted by ingredient choice. Craft Beer Club does a great job of picking beers that have an interesting hop selection or pronounced malts, and they definitely came through this month with weather-appropriate fare.