We’ve had a few US based ‘Beer of the month’ club links here at The Brewclub, but here in Blighty they’ve been thin on the ground.
I even investigated starting one myself, but couldn’t get funding, ah well.
I received a leaflet the other day for Beer52.com a British ‘Beer of the Month’ club, that sends a mixed case of eight (or ten for an extra fiver) brews each month, so I figured it was worth investigating.
They’re called Beer52.com and they claim to source beers from ‘over 12,000’ microbreweries.
To quote their website:
“Gone are the days of watery, fizzy, tin cans of nothingness. Craft beer is rebellious, anti-establishment and witty. A good craft beer takes ingenuity and imagination to brew.
An army of thousands are tinkering and tweaking. Inventing, discovering and creating. Strong beers, fruity beers, hoppy beers, all for you to discover.
- Free yourself from big beer brand slavery.
- Drink the freshest beer.
- Send your tastebuds on the ultimate craft beer road trip.”
That sounded good to me, so I signed up.
The first mixed case arrived a few days later, and fascinating it looks too, including a Beer52 bottle opener, a packet of salted peanuts, a newspaper type publication about the various brews and brewers and a rather nice softback book.
It’s reasonable to assume that the bottle opener and softback book are ‘first case freebies’ but the newspaper ‘Ferment’, which runs to 24 pages is reminiscent of the free papers you get in student bars, kinda funky with matte pages, but really interesting articles by well respected beer writers.
The book is ‘A Craft Beer Road Trip around Britain’ written by Martin Cornell – the curator of the excellent Zythophile beer blog and the author of the rather excellent ‘Amber Gold & Black’ which is probably the definitive history of British Brewing. It features articles about nearly forty British ‘Craft’ breweries; there are some gaps, heck we have some thirty craft breweries in Essex alone these days, but it all bodes well. I hope they revise and reissue it, maybe annually?
So to my first case, which I’ll be reviewing in coming weeks. It includes a brew from Milkeller, one from Weird Beard, one from Evil Twin, and craft brews from Spain, Belgium and Scotland.
It’s going to be an interesting journey.
One of the nice touches about Beer52 is that members are encouraged to invite their friends to join. Invite three members who each save a tenner on their first case, you also get a free case yourself.
It might be stretching ‘friendship’ a bit, but Beer52 suggest that if you’re a ‘social butterfly with 1,000 friends’ then that’s free beer for 28 years!
Anyway, if you’re a UK based Brewclub reader and fancy joining me on this particular journey, fancy saving a tenner on your first case, and helping towards yours truly getting free craft beer, then you can sign up here.
In the meantime I’ll be working my way through my first case in coming weeks and will report back.