Bacon and The Rare Beer of the Month Club

Bacon and Beer of the Month Club

Intuitively, some things just go together. You don’t have to think much about whether or not you should have a Chicago Dog or three at a Cubs game, or whether or not an expertly crafted, hand-rolled cigar should be fired up when you’ve got a nice piece of salmon on the smoker and Slow Hand playing in the background.

Bacon and beer is another one of those things that just seems to be a natural fit, and not just because they’re my two of my favorite things to consume. Quite a few others feel the same way. In fact the Beer and Bacon Classic is a festival held in 8 different cities around the country that pairs creative bacon inspired creations from local chefs like bacon brownies, sushi-wrapped bacon, spice-jerked bacon, of course several different chocolate coated bacon confections, and much more, with fine local craft brews. I’m trying to imagine just how my Saturday afternoon gets any better than that.

For some fine swine, rubbed and smoked in a variety of flavors and methods, know that Bacon Freak’s Bacon of The Month Club has got you covered with 1 or 2 packages delivered right to your door for 3, 6, or 12 months.

Now for the beer, you’ll find rare, limited-production craft artisanal beers, often sounding like they were created exclusively for you from The Rare Beer Club®. They’ve been sending members the world’s best beers like Jolly Pumpkin’s Biere de Goord, an oak-aged spiced saison and Elevation Brewing Company’s Prostator, an 8.5% Bamberg-style smoked dopplebock since 1994. They work with the world’s hottest craft breweries like Cigar City, Lost Abbey, De Molen, Rodenbach, Mikkeller, Fantôme, Anchorage Brewing, Valiant Brewing and The Bruery to bring you their latest creations, often months before they’re available only in local markets.

The Personalized Shipment Program™ ensures that as a personal member of The Rare Beer Club® you’ll receive only the beers you want to get. You’re in complete control of what you receive every month and can rest easy knowing you’ll never get a beer you didn’t want to get. No other beer club offers that kind of flexibility.

 

Monthly Clubs Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club Review

Monthly Clubs Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club Review

Monthly Clubs Microbrewed beer of the month club

The interest in microbrewed beers is rapidly rising not only in the US, but around the world. With the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, you don’t need a microbrewery near you to enjoy these artisanal brews. You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your couch as they are delivered right to your door. It’s the ideal way for any fan of quality beers to be able to sample a wide selection of microbrews from across the US and around the world. Genius!

The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club from Monthlyclubs.com is the ideal gift for any beer fan who will appreciate the opportunity to sample a wide variety of beers from different breweries. For over 20 years, their panel of brewmasters and beer judges have been selecting hand-crafted microbrews from over 1,000 US and International breweries. Nice work if you can get it! I received the following beers in my shipment:

-Four 12 oz. organic pilsners from Butte Creek Brewing
-Four 12 oz. organic porters from Butte Creek Brewing
-Four 12 oz. Dirty Blonde Pale Ales from Adirondack Pub & Brewery
-Four 12 oz. Beaver Tail Brown Ales from Adirondack Pub & Brewery

I also received a helpful, cleverly-named newsletter (Malt of the Earth) detailing tasting notes, beer specifications, brewery profiles, suggested food pairings, and more. I appreciated that 6 of the beers I received were organic. I was also thrilled that 6 out of the 12 beers I received are beers that I gravitate towards: medium to dark beers like brown ales, stouts and porters. I’m not usually a pale ale drinker and was going to save these for company. Then we had an unusual hot spell and I found myself craving a lighter ale that hit the spot perfectly on an unexpectedly hot day.

The organic porter from Butte Creek was by far my favorite. It was everything a great porter should be: creamy and smooth with a hint of bitterness to balance out the richness of flavor. I detected some heady caramel and coffee tones. Yum! My next favorite was the Butte Creek pilsner. This deep golden pilsner reminded me of some of the brews I sampled while traveling in the Czech Republic.

The tasting guide that I received had extensive information on all the beers including IBUs, alcohol content, serving temperature suggestions, and which types of hops and malts were used. It even included suggestions for foods to pair it with. Most impressive! After reading it, I found that my beer vocabulary had improved, something that will come in handy the next time you find yourself debating the merits and weaknesses of a beer with a microbrew-loving friend.
The many choices available for this beer club ensures you can find one that is suitable to your own particular preferences. Options include:

The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club
-The U.S. and International Variety Beer Club
-The International Beer Club
-The Rare Beer Club

The Rare Beer Club sends 750 mL bottles of microbrewed beer and is available in 2 bottle, 4 bottle and 6 bottle options. Any one of these selections is sure to delight the microbrew fan on your shopping list.

Monthly Clubs Microbrewed beer of the month club

Monthly Clubs Microbrewed beer of the month club

Monthly Clubs Microbrewed beer of the month club

Monthly Clubs Microbrewed beer of the month club

Monthly Club’s Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club – Review

MC-beer-review3Monthly Club’s Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club: Review

12 bottles.  1 judge. This month, domestic and international microbrews faced off with a little help from Monthly Clubs. Beer fans know, this US v. International beer rivalry has long been brewing.

The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club actually offers 4 choices in beer clubs (if you only like rare beers, for example). But for January, I sampled the US and International Variety. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to answer the age-old question: which beer is best?

Before the results, I strongly urge you sign up for this club. If you’re a regular beer-drinker, you already spend more on beer in a month than the cost of a membership. And chances are, you get way less quality. The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club offers hard-to-find craft beers along with tasting notes, food pairings, and A+ customer service.

Cut spending, start drinking. It’s  that easy.

 January’s Beer Club Challenge: Domestic v. International

First up, the US Beers:

Our first competitor hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and boasts a 7.5% alcohol content. Weighing in at a solid 12-oz, it’s the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company Emancipator Doppel Bock! Called “The Emancipator,” this malty favorite is ready to party like it’s 1938. This celebratory beer marks the 75th anniversary of prohibition being appealed in Ohio. Has it really been that long? Who knows! We’ve been drinking, not counting.

Monthly Clubs Beer Club BoxI tried the beer according to the newsletter’s serving suggestion and thoroughly enjoyed the caramel MC-beer-review2flavor. The Hersbrucker hops and 5 different malts give the beer notes of everything but the kitchen sink . Not like that’s a bad thing.

Second, the Baltimore’s own Clipper City Brewing Company Heavy Seas Über Pils! This beer makes up for its slightly lower alcohol content with a surprising 48 IBUs. This dry brew’s herbal aroma and floral malts marry well with its 6 different type of hops. Overall, this copper brew is a perfect marriage of bock and pilsner styles. So far, it’s in first.

Now on to the International Brews:

Two different styles of EKU Brauerei: EKU 28 and EKU Pils. (As an FYI, EKU is a German abbreviation for the First United Kulmbacher Brewery).

The EKU 28  has a whopping (and belly-warming) 11% alcohol content and spends 9 long months lagering. And it’s Über-thick, as Bavarian brewers might say. With its concentrated flavor, this secret German recipe has stolen the lead.

Finally, the EKU Pils has some good notes to end on. Unfortunately, this light golden beer’s got nothing on it’s darker competitors. That being said, I give it last place.

As you can probably tell, the outcome of this Us/International beer tasting was less than conclusive.  Guess it all brews down to a matter of taste.MC-beer-review4

The real winners today? Members of The Gourmet Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club (or in this case, me. Thank you Monthly Clubs!). Select your own beer club or send someone this brewed-up gift today.

Another Craft Beer Club Review

Another delicious shipment of microbrewed beer from the Craft Beer Club. You can see for yourself what we got. Such a nice variety.

Wouldn’t this make a great gift for someone special this holiday? Visit the Craft Beer Club website to learn more.

Indica IPA from the Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka, California:

Alleycat Amber Ale from the Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka, California:

Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing in Washington, D.C.:

Dominion Ale from Old Dominion Brewing in Washington, D.C.:

Visit the Craft Beer Club website to learn more about this beer of the month club.

Craft Beer Club: Review

We got to try The Original Craft Beer Club for the first time last week. Boy, were we impressed!

The Original Craft Beer Club includes 12 beers (4 different varieties) from small-production, independent brewers.

What we really liked about this Beer of the Month Club were the extra gifts — the beer opener, the nuts, and the set of four tasting glasses. It adds a really nice touch when giving this as a gift. This is something you won’t find in other Beer Clubs out there.

Here is a breakdown of what you need to order to get the free gifts:

  • 2 – 5 month memberships: Free beer bottle opener
  • 6 – 11 month membership: Free beer bottle opener + four packages of tasty nuts
  • 1 year membership: Free beer bottle opener + four packages of tasty nuts + four tasting glasses (and you save $25)

All four varieties beer were really tasty. I mean, they were really tasty. Sometimes microbrewed beer can have a bitter after tastes. But every one of these beers was super smooth. Here are the four different varieties included this month:

The next photos will give you an idea of the different colors of each beer.

Southern Pecan from the Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company:

Oktoberfest from the Lancaster Brewing Company:

Reb Ale from the Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company:

Hop Hog from the Lancaster Brewing Company:

And we also put one of the tasting glasses to work as a dish for the tasty, flavored nuts.  These were yum-my in between beers.

Also included in the package was a helpful newsletter describing all of the beers we received.

All in all, this is a very cool club. I know lots of guys (and gals) who would be totally psyched to get this gift.

To learn more or place your order online, visit the Original Craft Beer Club website.

This Month’s Beer of the Month Club Selections…

Great American Beer ClubWe received another shipment of beer from Clubs of America. This month’s selections were very “seasonal.”

Two of the beer selections were from the Atwater Block Brewery in Detroit, Michigan:
* Atwater Michigan Lager from
* Atwater Vanilla Java Porter

And two were from the Bison Brewery in Berkely, California
* India Pale Ale
* Organic Gingerbread Ale

Beer of the Month Club

Can’t wait to try them out!!!

This Beer of the Month Club is $36.95 per month (includes shipping). There is no minimum number months you must join. You can choose which month the membership should start. And you can even choose to have beer delivered every other month or every third month (quarterly).

To learn more, visit Clubs of America.

The Great American Beer Club from Clubs of America

Great American Beer ClubCheck out the Great American Beer Club from Clubs of America. 12 beers. 4 different types of beer. 2 different breweries. Heaven!

We enjoyed a dark London Porter and Hampshire Special Ale from Geary’s Brewery in Portland, Maine. And we savored a light Paradise Ale and dark Oatmeal Stout from Hub City Brewing in Stanley, Iowa.

All 4 beers were distinctly different in their taste. A very nice variety.
Beer of the Month Club
This Beer of the Month Club is $36.95 per month (includes shipping). There is no minimum number months you must join. You can choose which month the membership should start. And you can even choose to have beer delivered every other month or every third month (quarterly).

To learn more, visit Clubs of America.

An Old Favorite: Beer of the Month Club

Of all the different Gift of the Month Clubs out there, the most popular is still the Beer of the Month Club. Gourmet Monthly Clubs offers a fantastic Original Microbrewed Beer Club which includes 12 bottles of beer every month. Each month you receive 4 different types of beer (3 bottles of each). So you get to try a huge variety of different beers. What could be more fun???

Beer of the Month Club from Gourmet Monthly Clubs

This month’s beer selections included 2 types of beer from the Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia and the Sprecher Brewing Company in Milwaukee.The selections from Yards were the Brawler and a Philadelphia Pale Ale. The Brawler is a clear medium brown color. The flavor is mild, but ample. The Pale Ale is a medium straw color with a big hoppy aroma.

Great Beer of the Month ClubsSprecher offered a Winter Brew and a Dunkle Weizen. Winter Brew is a Munich-style bock beer that pours a very dark brown chestnut color and a pale tan head. A wonderful German-style beer! The Dunkle Weizen is a dark wheat beer, deep caramel in color. To really enjoy this beer, drink it while eating a German smoked sausage!

Widen your beer-drinking horizons. Or send someone you know a Beer of the Month Club as a gift this holiday. They will surely thank you for it!

Gourmet Monthly Clubs offers 3 different Beer Clubs:
1. The Original Microbrew Club (discussed here)
2. The International Beer Club
3. Or a combination of the two: International & Domestic Variety Beer Club

Visit the website to learn more…

Another Beer of the Month Club Review: Amazing Clubs

Amazing Clubs Beer of the Month Club once again included 4 different types of beer from 2 different breweries.
Beer of the Month Clubs from Amazing Clubs

The first brewery, Pennsylvania Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, included 2 German-style beers: Penn Gold and Penn Weizen. Penn Gold is light-colored and Penn Weizen is a bit heavier with a tangy clove flavor, typical of a weizen style beer. I really enjoyed the Penn Weizen. I wasn’t as crazy about the Penn Gold.

The second brewery, Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich, Massachusetts, offered a Stone Cat ESB (Extra Special Bitter) and Stone Cat Blonde Ale. I didnt’ care for the Stone Cat ESB at all. Offered a bottle to a friend, and he didn’t go back for a second. Asked another friend to try the third and final bottle, and he didn’t care for it either. Thought it was just me – perhaps not liking the bitterness – but 3 for 3 said “no go.” Oh well, we enjoyed the Blonde Ale.

The beer arrived in sturdy packaging and all bottles arrived perfectly in tact.
The Beer of the Month Club from Amazing Clubs

And from the 1-page flyer, we learned that Mercury Brewing Company produces 47 different beers as well as 19 soft drinks. And Penn Brewery is both a brewery and restaurant. They use only the 4 classic ingredients to ensure their beer complies with the German beer purity law: malted barley, hops, water, and yeast.
The Beer of the Month Club Newsletter from Amazing Clubs

For more information on this Beer of the Month Club, visit the Amazing Clubs website.

Check out a previous review of the Amazing Clubs Beer of the Month Club

Beer of the Month Club Review: Amazing Clubs / Flying Noodle

We just received our first monthly shipment of beer from Amazing Clubs (also the parent company to Flying Noodle). The monthly beer selections included 4 different types of beer from 2 different breweries.
The Beer of the Month Club from Amazing Clubs

The first brewery, the Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine, included Prelude Special Ale – a full-bodied ale with a deep amber hue – and Longfellow Winter Ale – a hybrid between a Porter and a Scottish Ale. Both look to be hearty beers.

The second brewery, Sherwood Forest Brewers Limited in Marlborough, Massachusetts, offered the Archer’s Ale – similar to an English Pale Ale – and Maiden’s Blueberry Ale – described as “a colored pale ale with the subtle flavor and aroma of fresh blueberries.” Hmmm… we’re not quite sure what to think about that one, but will find out soon enough!

As you can see, the beer arrived in sturdy packaging and all bottles arrived perfectly in tact.
The Beer of the Month Club from Amazing Clubs The Beer of the Month Club from Amazing Clubs

There is also a 1-page flyer that tells a little about the breweries and each of the beers. It’s nothing fancy – just an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper that looks like it was photocopied (and some of the ink is smeared). The backside just contains sales info.
The Beer of the Month Club from Amazing Clubs

We have not sampled the beer yet. Will post again once they get nice and cold! Stay tuned…

For more information on this Beer of the Month Club, visit the Amazing Clubs website.

Beer of the Month Club Review: International & Domestic Beer Club from Gourmet Monthly Clubs

The first official review for FindGiftClubs.com is for the International & Domestic Variety Beer Club from Gourmet Monthly Clubs. It’s always exciting when a package arrives – but even more so when that package contains 12 bottles of domestic and imported BEER!
Beer of the Month Club from Gourmet Monthly Clubs

The shipment arrived secured in impressive packaging to ensure none of the bottles broke during transit.

Sturdy packaging and the newsletter right on top!

Upon closer examination, we discovered four interesting selections of brews…

  • Butt Head Bock from the Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs, Colorado
  • Red Rack Ale from the Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
  • Hobgoblin Strong Dark Ale from the Wychwood Brewery in Central South England
  • Golden Pheasant – made from 100% barley – straight from the Slovak Republic


What a fabulous assortment of beer we would probably never buy for ourselves from the local liquor store

While we waited for the beer to chill in the fridge, we perused the newsletter to learn a bit more about the tempting beer selections that awaited us. They packed in quite a bit of info into a little newsletter!


All in all, we were impressed with the quality of beer included in our Beer of the Month Club. It would certainly make great gift. Keep it in mind when the holidays arrive and you just can’t think what to get dad, or brother, or boyfriend… or sister… and so on. Anyone who enjoys a cold brew now and then is going to LOVE this special gift!

Get more info and pricing for the International & Domestic Variety Beer Club or check out more great Gift of the Month Clubs from Gourmet Monthly Clubs