With so many pockets of amazing brewing all over the world, the FOMO associated with not being able to taste them and find a new favorite beer is real. It seems as if there’s always a new beer to try. Enter beer boxes: Whether you’re hunting 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. A beer subscription box is hands down the best way to try beers you can’t find in your local shop.
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 love hoppy IPAs, lager, ale, sours or silky porters — or you just crave a little beer merch — there’s a beer subscription box that’ll keep you happy, month after month. Unless, of course, you and , but we’ve got you covered there too. Check out our picks of the best beer subscription box for every type of drinker. We’ll update this list periodically as new options arrive.
Craft Beer Club
Craft Beer Club is arguably the most popular beer subscription box out there for the craft beer enthusiast and for good reason. It 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.
If hops make you happy, this is the monthly club for you (or another hoppy beer lover you’d like to treat). The HopHeads Beer Club sends three different hops-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.
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: The Beer Drop brews are all canned, so you’ll never have to worry about a broken bottle.
The US Microbrewed Beer Club
This club dates back to 1994 and features high-quality, rare beer and award-winning artisanal beers from around the country. Each month, a team of experts tastes over 500 brews, including IPA beer and more in consideration for that month’s shipment, with only 20% of those beers making the cut. This is the perfect beer subscription box for a true beer snob working with a hypersensitive palate. In addition to the US Microbrewed Beer Club, there are four more membership options including an International Beer Club starting at $30 per month plus shipping.
Rare Beer Club
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 bottle picks 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.
Beer Across America
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 Beer Across America brewery and tasting notes for each bottle. 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.
First Sip Brew Box
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 $21 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.