Could there be anything better than beer arriving in the mail? Sure beats boring bills, doesn’t it?
While drinking to forget your bill paying responsibilities should never be advocated – surely a few frothy beverages delivered direct to your door can only aid in easing the monotony of your typical morning post?
Worked for me anyway, as receiving an unexpected package – courtesy of Ponto from TA Brews – certainly aided in brightening up a dull September morning.
Beer in the post will likely come as a surprising curiosity to our Canadian readers, who unlike consumers in the UK or US are unable to purchase beer online. I’m unsure of the complete details, but as far as I’m aware – online mail order of beer is pretty much impossible in most Canadian provinces due to state control of liquor distribution. Shame, as the same laws also prevent the sale of beer in most grocery stores – resulting in a lack of competition, higher prices, and less consumer choice – perhaps a topic for another day! Ahem, Ponto, cough…
Below I’m going to share a brief overview of what comes in a Beer52 package, and would like to invite you to share your experience of mail order beer services in general. Do you use them; did you like them; how do they compare?
Based up in Scotland, Beer52 is a craft beer discovery club. Basically, a team of experts taste test some of the best small batch beers available and hand-select 8 – 10 different brews for you to try each month. The delivery is free, you can cancel at any time, and you can even send boxes as gifts – just like my delivery.
What comes in the box?
Each box comes with 8 – 10 (depending on preference) of the freshest beer hand selected each month. To sweeten the deal even further, you also receive their printed magazine, Ferment, and a bonus snack, which I greedily gobbled on opening.
This month’s beers
BOM Brewery: Bomb (Developed exclusively for Beer52)
A fruit beer made from twenty-one different ingredients including roasted blueberries, blackberry juice, sour cherry juice, coriander, juniper berries, Saphir and Topax hops, orange peel, lemon peel, and more. (Sounds intense, doesn’t it? – looking forward to this one).
Mad Hatter: Nightmare on Bold Street
A milk stout, which means it’s brewed with lactose during the initial boil. Interestingly, they also infuse the beer with freshly roasted coffee, which should make for some interesting flavor combinations when taking the lactose into consideration.
To Øl: Reparationsbajer
A fascinating Pale Ale for two reasons 1) They don’t own their own brewery; instead opting to brew beer at other brewers locations and referring to themselves as a “gypsy brewery”. 2) The beer is gluten free. All-in-all I like the sound of Nomad brewers making tasty gluten-free beer. To use that ambiguous word from the wine world, it makes for some interesting and diverse “terroir” across their entire range.
De Molen: Hop & Liefde – American Pale Ale
As you’ll note from the pictures, I’ve already partaken in enjoying this beautifully crafted American style pale ale from the Netherlands. Watch this space for a full written review, and expect plenty of citrus character from the liberal use of Citra hops alongside subtle pine and grassy notes.
Alvinne: Ich bin ein Berliner Ryesse
Brewed with 30% rye and 20% wheat and fermented with a fascinating mixed yeast culture this beer is said to offer interesting dry and sour notes.
Emelisse: American Pale Ale
An American classic with a twist, this Dutch APA is brewed with pale malt, rye, and oats for a different take on the style. The ABV of 3.5% also promises to make it super sessionable.
Brewed by a Scottish based Belgian-inspired brewery, Wanderlust is their take on a classic Belgian Wheat beer brewed with orange and coriander seed.
Espiga: Blonde Ale
Another gluten free beer – this time from Spain. As a nation not typically known for its beer – let alone craft beer – I look forward to sampling this. It’s always interesting to see how brewers make beer palatable without gluten; it’s even more fascinating when you have family members with a mild intolerance.
BrewDog: This is lager
Flying the flag for canned beer in this pack of 10, BrewDog’s “This is Lager” aim to bring “real” German style Pilsner to a nation otherwise practically barren when it comes to quality bottom fermented beer. I’ve noticed this beer popping up in a growing number of bars, and this will be my first sample.
Panda Frog Project: Allelic Drift
Created by the experimental arm of North East English brewers, Mordue – Allelic Drift is described as a “New World Golden Ale with floral pine and citruce with clean bitterness”.
To sum up, I’m really impressed with the presentation and diversity of beer in this months box and I’m definitely tempted to sign up for a rolling subscription.
Let us know if you’re a fan of mail-order beer clubs and how this compares to your subscription. Also, if you’ve tried any of the beers in this months selection – give us your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next beer, cheers!