Last minute beer gift idea number 2: Beer Club

Really, it’s all any beer lover wants: beer.

Back in the mid-90s, I was contacted by a company that wanted to give me a membership to something called a beer of the month club. I did not object. Every couple of months a box of beer showed up on my doorstep. Not just any beer, but beer from breweries that I’d never heard of. Beers from distant lands likes California and Colorado. Simply put, it was awesome. That company still exists and (along with the entire craft beer industry) has grown into something really cool: The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club.

There are several reasons why  people like me and Adam Nason (BeerPulse.com) recommend The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club. First, this club has been around since 1994. They know what they’re doing and the company does not appear to be going away any time soon.

Another great thing is the flexibility that allows you to build your own program. You can choose to include only American craft beer or a mixture of domestic and international beers. You can choose the number of total shipments and the delivery schedule. What’s more, as a member, you actually have some say in what beers they ship you. This all means that the cost if flexible.

Next, The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club uses a panel of experts to select the beers and they do a really good job. Kris Calef has been President of the company for nearly 20 years. Back in 1994, Kris assembled a panel of experts to choose what beers to offer. The same people still make those decisions today. Can you imagine how many beers they’ve tried over the years?

I don’t need to go into too much more detail. It has been a long time since I was a member, but I’ve done some research on this one. This seems to be the club that most experts recommend. Search the internet and try to find someone saying anything bad about The Mircobrewed Beer of the Month Club. You won’t. Suffice it to say that the beer lover in your life would be thrilled to receive any kind of membership as a gift.

Pricing? Here’s an example of pricing. Remember, you can construct your own plan.

Let’s say we want to give our friend Bob a 12-pack of U.S. craft beer once every three months for one year (total of four shipments, shipped quarterly).

The cost would be $155.80 for the year.

Once every four months Bob would get a 12-pack of U.S. craft beer along with the company’s newsletter which includes information about each brewery and beer.

I encourage you to go to the website and get more details if you’re considering this kind of a gift. I am not sure, but I think that if you do it now, you can still get in on December’s shipment. I know this for certain: receiving beer delivered to your doorstep is awesome. Getting beers that you typically cannot get around here is a big bonus.

Disclosure: I did not receive anything for recommending this club. Well, not since way back in the 90s, anyway.



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