Thursday, August 16, 2018

Beer Clubs: Compare


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Our Awards
Overall Score
62%
77%
73%
Pros
Good variety of domestic microbrews; no minimum membership requirements; interesting/educational newsletter; archives some newsletters/beer selections on website; sends the 1st shipment right after order is placed; bonus gifts; can ship to AK and HI (but not for free)
Variety of great domestic craft beers; rigorous selection process; flexible membership; no minimum commitment; reordering discount; fun and informative newsletter; club customization program
100% satisfaction guarantee; awesome craft beer (domestic and imported); rigorous selection process; club customization program; flexible membership; educational and fun newsletter; archives all beer selections; longstanding reputable business (BBB-accredited)
Cons
No satisfaction guarantee; no control over which craft beers you receive; no reordering discounts
No input into what craft beers you receive; only some previous beer selections archived on website; doesn't ship to AK or HI; gift shipments aren't sent out immediately
No input into what craft beers you receive; doesn't ship to AK or HI; doesn't offer gift notification by traditional mail; no reordering discounts; gift shipments aren't sent out immediately
Pricing
$37.75 or $71.73
$38.95
$44.95
Shipping Included
Shipping Included (with the exception of shipments to AK or HI)
Shipping Included
Shipping Included
Bottles per Shipment
Choice of 12 or 24 bottles (12oz)
12 bottles (12oz)
12 bottles (12oz)
Business - 20%
Beer - 25%
Membership - 25%
Gifts - 10%
Shipping - 10%
User Feedback - 10%
Business Founded
2010
1994
1994
BBB-Accredited
No
No
Yes
Newsletter
Yes, members will received The Micro Brew News, a monthly newsletter with tasting notes and background information on the selections.
Yes, all shipments contain "Beer Expeditions", a monthly newsletter with information on the beer selections and reordering discounts.
Yes, members of the U.S. and International Variety Beer Club will receive the Brew Harvest Review: Malt of the Earth in each shipment. This newsletter will provide tasting notes and additional background on the featured beers.
Reviewing Previously Featured Beers
Some of the past newsletters are archived on the public website.
Clubs of America only lists some of its previous beer selections on the public website.
All previously featured beers from the U.S. and International Variety Beer Club are publicly archived on www.beermonthclub.com.
Satisfaction Guarrantee
No
Yes
Yes
Domestic or International Beers
Domestic
Domestic
Domestic
International
Variety
Shipments include 4 styles of beer (3 bottles of each) from 2 different US microbreweries.
Shipments include 4 styles of beer (3 bottles of each) from 2 different domestic microbreweries.
Shipments include 4 styles of beer (3 bottles of each) from a US and an international microbrewery.
Selection Process
The club's tasting experts choose featured microbrews. Potential breweries are selected after careful consideration of their history, local reputation, variety of beer styles, specialty brews, any awards they have won and their distribution.
A panel of beer experts conducts taste tests to select featured beers each month.
For each of its beer clubs, MonthlyClubs.com has a panel of beer experts conduct a blind taste test of over 500 beers a year. Less than 20% of beers they taste will be considered for use in the clubs.
Reordering Your Favorite Beers
Yes
Yes (at a discount)
Yes
Membership Minimum
No minimum
No minimum
2-shipment minimum
Discount For Buying in Bulk
Yes
Yes
No
Bonus Gifts
Yes, new customers could receive up to 3 free gifts in their 1st shipment based on their membership commitment.
No
No
Customization
N/A
Yes, the "Mix Your Clubs" feature allows members to choose which of the 8 different clubs they want to try during each month of their membership.
Yes, the "Design Your Own Club™" program allows members to combine any of the company's six monthly clubs that they want to try.
Gift Notification Options
Email (instantly or on a scheduled day)
Printable Card
Traditional Mail ($2.99 charge)
Email (instantly or on a scheduled day) Printable Card Traditional Mail
Email (instantly or on a scheduled day)
Printable Card
Shipping Options
Monthly
Bimonthly
Quarterly
Monthly
Bimonthly
Quarterly
Monthly
Bimonthly
Quarterly
Shipping Schedule
Your 1st shipment will arrive within 7-10 days, and then monthly shipments will arrive during the last week of every month (depending on location).
Shipments should arrive during the 3rd or 4th week of the month.
Shipments are sent between the 15th and 25th of each month and arrive within 7-10 days.
Shipping Restrictions
UT
AK, HI, and UT
AK, HI and UT
Approximate Cost Per Bottle
$2.99*
$3.07*
$3.75*
 
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