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If you’re looking for the best beer club or beer subscription box in 2020, these are all worth a try.
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A beer subscription box is hands down the best way to try beers you can’t find in your local shop—of which there are always many new beer options to try. With so many pockets of amazing brewing all over the world, the FOMO associated with not being able to try them is real. Enter beer boxes: Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift for a craft beer lover in your orbit or you are the beer enthusiast and want to try new, rare and hard-to-find offerings, look no further than the subscription box craze.
Any craft-beer-glugging, “I wish this IPA were hoppier” suds fiend will surely appreciate a subscription to one of these popular beer clubs, designed especially for beer enthusiasts. Sign up for a beer box subscription and you can expect monthly boxes of carefully selected brews and featured beer picks in a range of styles, made using unique ingredients—along with some inspired beer-themed accessories.
Whether you (or they) like ale or lager, IPA or porter, sour styles—or just crave a little beer merch—there’s a beer subscription box for everyone. Unless, of course, you prefer wine and wine clubs, but we’ve got you covered there too.
Check out our picks of the best beer subscription box for every type of drinker:
Craft Beer Club is arguably the most popular beer subscription box out there—and for good reason. This no-frills club sends out monthly shipments of exceptional craft beers from around the country. Many of the craft brews have limited distribution, meaning a subscription to CBC might be your only shot of tasting those specialty brews. They also put a premium on fresh beer, with their selected breweries making a fresh batch just before boxes go out. The Craft Beer Club is $43 a month and features 12 carefully curated and hard-to-get beers in each box shipment. Buy Now
If hops make you happy, this is the one for you (or another hoppy beer lover you want to treat). The Hop-Heads Beer Club sends three different hop-centric beers—four of each—every month so you can get your fill. While this is, unsurprisingly, heavy on IPAs of various styles, it also makes room for hoppy pale ale and red ales. These aren’t just super-bitter hop-you-over-the-head beers though; the club also spotlights “the many hop flavors and aromas available to today’s brewers amidst the ever-expanding supply of new hop varieties,” and includes imports as well as American selections. Pricing starts at $35 per month for three months. Buy Now
Some of the beer subscription boxes on this list don’t leave much of the beer selection up to you but not so with Beer Drop. This beer delivery box startup offers different plans, but with all of them you can select the specific beer styles that go into your monthly shipments. That includes IPA beer, fruity-forward beers, Belgian beer and others. Monthly drops of microbrewery offerings start at $39 per month and your subscription can be canceled anytime. Also notable: These brews are all canned, so you’ll never have to worry about a broken bottle.Buy Now
This club dates back to 1994, and features high-quality, rare, and award-winning artisanal beers from around the country. Each month, their team of experts tastes over 500 brews in consideration for that month’s shipment, and only 20 percent of the beers make the cut. This is the perfect beer subscription box for the true beer snob working with a hypersensitive palate. Buy Now
The Rare Beer Club is the most selective of them all, featuring only two 750ml bottles of beer a month. It sends two separate styles per month and no two months will see the same ones at your door (unless you request or reorder). Don’t be discouraged by the limited choices; it’s quality you’re here for and these beers are carefully curated. You have three buying options: two 750ml bottles per month ($39 plus shipping); four 750ml bottles per month ($55 plus shipping); or six 750ml bottles per month ($73 plus shipping). You’ll often receive beers that use rare production techniques and ingredients, like aging through blending or in bourbon and cedar barrels. Plus, you’ll get super-rare brews from all over the world, including from up-and-coming breweries in Brazil, Japan, and Scandinavia. Buy Now
The original monthly beer club, founded in 1992, Beer Across America is dedicated to highlighting great craft brews from across the country. Each beer shipment includes 12 bottles—four varieties of beer from two craft breweries per month, curated by a panel of beer experts. As with many such clubs, you’ll also receive a monthly newsletter with more information about each featured brewery and tasting notes for each beer. Plans start at $40 per month with free shipping, making it one of the least expensive options on this list, and you can cancel at any time. Starting with the second shipment, you can review each month’s beer selections. If you see something you don’t want, you can skip that shipment and wait for different beer next month—you’ll still receive the total number of shipments you signed up for. You get a bonus bar-style beer opener too. Buy Now
Each box features merchandise like T-shirts, mugs, and sunglasses from one amazing craft brewery every month, plus optional extras like beer-infused baked goods and beer-scented candles. With three subscription levels, starting at $20.99 per month, this is a great way to immerse yourself in the creative world of craft brewing and appreciate one brand at a time. It even offers a beer-themed box for your pet. Buy Now