The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club that Really Delivers

by Madi M.

Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club offers several options to beer enthusiasts looking to get their hands on new microbrews. You can opt for The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club and receive a 12-pack that includes four different kinds of beer, all brewed right here in America. You can also take your taste buds on an overseas adventure with The International Beer Club. Every delivery also includes 12 beers, but they come from two different international breweries. If you just can't decide, get the best of both worlds with the The U.S. and International Variety Beer Club. Each shipment has a mix of 12 beers from both international and domestic breweries.

We had the pleasure of receiving a shipment from that last club - the "Variety Pack," if you will. We will, we did, and we certainly would again. Getting a package in the mail with a notice plastered on the front that there's alcohol inside is usually a cue to drop whatever you're doing and open that puppy up.

This was no exception, and we eagerly pulled the paper and packaging aside to get a glimpse at what the Variety Pack beer membership had in store for us. It definitely did not disappoint, as we received 12 beers from three different breweries -- two from the United States and one from Iceland. Below is what our haul included:

Boulder Beer Company (Colorado) - Emergent White IPA

Sand Creek Brewing Company (Wisconsin) - English Style Special Ale

Einstök Ölgerð - Icelandic Pale Ale

Einstök Ölgerð - Icelandic Toasted Porter

We love that there is something for every type of beer drinker in this shipment. Even if you can't pronounce the name of the Icelandic brewery, all you really need to know is their mascot is a Viking and their beer is delicious. The Arctic Pale Ale hits all the right notes for a pale ale. It's not too strong, but has pleasing and pleasant flavor that can be enjoyed any time of the year with just about any food.

The Toasted Porter, on the other hand, definitely stands out from the crowd in this shipment. It pours very dark and has a distinct, smoked coffee aroma that mixes will with the smooth, rich taste of this porter. Dark beers are not for everyone, but we're sure that you know someone who will dig this brew.

On the U.S. side of things, we tried the English Style Special Ale first. Getting past the slight irony that one of the domestic brews is an English-style ale, we found this to be the least popular beer from the shipment. That's not to say it wasn't a good beer, but when stacked up next to three other great beers, it doesn't take much to be the weakest link. It's a brown ale, and while we couldn't quite put our finger on it, the overall flavor seemed to be lacking character.

We saved the Emergent White IPA for last, and it was an excellent beer to round out our tasting. It seems like every brewery is jumping on the rise in popularity of the IPA (India Pale Ale) with their own take on this type of brew. Boulder Beer Company has nailed the flavor, and the Emergent White IPA is a testament to why the IPA has been put on a pedestal in the beer community. It has plenty of flavor with nice hints of citrus and, like an old flame, just the right amount of bitterness to keep you intruigued and coming back for more.

On that note, cheers to you, and cheers to The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club for introducing us to this wide variety of microbrewed beers. We can't wait to see what is included in our next shipment. To learn more or sign up for your own beer club membership (or give a gift to a friend), visit today!

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