Delicious new beers from craft breweries delivered straight to your door: we review the best beer delivery services of 2022
The best beer subscriptions: beer crates from BeerHawk, Honorly and Beer52
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Beer subscription services have become an integral part of the beer drinking scene and, much like the beer industry itself, the industry has undergone many changes in recent years.
There are new entrants boasting unique beer offerings; other services are no longer missed or eaten up by the big beer brands; while of course the range of beers available to them continues to multiply.
What do I have to look out for with a beer subscription?
If you’re looking for a regular selection of delicious beers delivered to your door, it can be tempting to settle for the one that offers the best beer-per-pound ratio, but it’s well worth dwelling on look out price.
Some services go to great lengths to source the newest, rarest beers, making them more expensive than others; some feature finely tuned beer profiling mechanisms that create unique cases to your taste; some focus on topics that allow you to further expand your knowledge of the beer world; while others have more of a club feel that brings membership benefits beyond the bottles and cans in each box.
Why take out a beer subscription?
- They are great for expanding your beer knowledge and usually feature beers not available at your local pub or supermarket and from craft breweries from around the world.
- The best ones come with tasting notes, magazines, or even podcasts to explain what beer you’re drinking, what brewery it’s from, and how it was made.
- Many subscriptions are available at discounted prices, making them more cost-effective than going to the bottle shop — especially with introductory offers.
- The best curated delivery services offer a diverse beer selection tailored to your taste – from pale ales, session IPAs, 500ml bottles to crispy pilsners, hoppy small numbers and award-winning British ales.
- Being such a (ahem) saturated market for beer subscriptions, beer crates come in a variety of sizes, with the choice of beer, the price you pay and the size of each month’s crate varying based on need. Some of them even offer live online tastings to guide you through their beers.
To help you choose the right subscription box service, we’ve profiled seven of the best, each offering something different.
Check out what each offers, weigh up the price (don’t forget to add postage), and then sit back and enjoy the massive selection of delicious beers each brings.
BeerBods by BeerHawk
8 beers every 8 weeks, £24
BeerBods are now the wise old sages of the world of beer subscription services, with their unique form of social drinking during lockdown more valuable than ever.
The model is simple: join their club and get 8 beers delivered every 8 weeks.
Drink them when you like, or make reservations on Thursdays at 9pm when social media channels are buzzing with chats about this week’s beer, often with the brewers.
The beer is of a high standard and alongside the occasional classic, the Bods are constantly discovering new treasures.
Introductory offer: £10 for a four week trial (four beers) and a BeerBods glass.
Delivery is free. Beers are shipped within 48 hours of ordering.
£44.90 for 30 beers, either monthly, bi-monthly or every three months.
If you’re looking for a bargain head to Flavourly, where you can get eight beers, an exclusive magazine and a snack for under £20.
Breweries featured include some of the best names in the contemporary beer scene, including Fuller’s, Burning Sky and Lost & Grounded, along with many lesser-known small-batch brewers and even the occasional rarity.
Delivery is free and the beers are dispatched within two working days.
£10 per month (HonestBrew membership), 6 beers £22.90; 9 beers £29.90; 12 beers £36.90, monthly
Sign up for a Honest Brew subscription service and not only will you get regular shipments of the latest craft beers from some of the world’s most exciting independent breweries, you’ll also be able to raid the Honest Brew store at discounted prices.
The team behind the scenes excels at filling crates with the very best beers. Honesty Boxes is a classic, curated subscription box handpicked for you. Choose a mixed case of lagers and darks, or just IPAs and pale ales – it also offers discounts on any beer you buy online.
Prefer to build your own box? No problem – select the drop in any desired quantity. And if you’re worried about the £10 membership fee, rest assured it’s redeemable as credit towards any beer you buy.
Delivery is free for Honesty Boxes subscribers, £4.99 for orders under £50 from the online store.
£27 for 8 beers, monthly
Beer52 takes its subscribers on a beer tour around the world, packing their cases with booze from a different country each month.
Preferences are limited to ‘mixed beers’ or ‘light beers only’ and from there you’re in the hands of the breweries from every country they visit, but the standard is generally quite high.
To help you learn more about what you’re drinking, subscribers also get a copy of Ferment – one of the best beer magazines around – and they throw in a snack too.
BrewDog & friends
£19.95 per month plus £3.95 shipping or £59.85 quarterly and free shipping. 8 beers a month
A love-or-hate proposition among beer aficionados, the fact remains that BrewDogs fans are legion – and thrilled in their loyalty.
BrewDog is committed to sustainability – they promise their beers are carbon neutral and have started planting a 9000 hectare property in Scotland with a forest designed to offset the carbon production of BrewDog’s factories.
Their subscription boxes are available at a monthly or quarterly price, and you get 8 330ml cans per month, made by BrewDog and its partner breweries.
Comes with a monthly magazine with information about the beer included.
Introductory offer: 50% of your first box plus a £10 gift card to spend in their online shop
Delivery: £3.95 per box on monthly plan, quarterly free.
Hops burn and black
£49.95 for 12 beers, monthly
Hop Burns & Black’s All Killer, No Filler Subs boxes cater to those who take their craft beer drinking a little more seriously than most and source some of the UK’s most desirable beers.
You’ll find limited-edition beers, small-batch collaborations, highly-anticipated releases, and hard-to-find international beers, all served with comprehensive tasting notes and food pairing suggestions.
Each beer is of premium quality and will help its recipients become the kings and queens of beer nerds.
Dry drinker direct
£20 for 8 non-alcoholic beers, monthly
The non-alcoholic beer market has evolved so rapidly that you can now get monthly shipments of the stuff without ever getting a repeat product.
Dry Drinker is the stock retailer you can turn to for that promise, and with breweries like Beavertown and Adnams now producing alcohol-free beers alongside non-alcoholic specialists like Big Drop and Nirvana, you can be assured the quality is always high.
Delivery: Free, shipped to DHL within seven working days and then delivered by DHL as soon as possible.
£15.50 for 3 bottles per month, £28.50 for 6, £26 for 2 premium 750ml bottles. Delivery not included.
You’ll likely either react to the inclusion of a cider subscription box on this list as sacrilege (it’s not beer!) or be happy that the crunchy dram has an outing. And boy do Crafty Nectar do what they do.
Curated by their savvy experts, you’ll receive a monthly case of different styles and flavors of cider. Choose from a three-bottle mini tasting box, a six-bottle craft cider discovery box, or a fine cider tasting box consisting of two unique, dedicated 750ml bottles.
This isn’t your teenage scrumpy: it’s really tasty stuff. We were extremely pleased with the introduction they gave us to the world of rosé cider and tart homebrew rhubarb cider.
Introductory Offer: £5 off your first box.