Rare Beer Club Review
Michael Jackson’s Rare Beer Club is a unique beer of the month club. It focuses on more extreme craft beers from all over the world. Instead of the typical 12 pack of 12 oz. bottles you get in most beer club memberships, in this club you get two 750ml bottles. I’m a member of the Rare Beer Club and highly recommend it.
Here’s more info:
- Two 750ml bottles per month: $31.95 per month plus $13 shipping and handling
- Four 750ml bottles per month: $51.95 per month plus $15 shipping and handling
- Six 750ml bottles per month: $68.95 per month plus $18 shipping and handling
What you get:
Two different beers, each a different style. They are delivered between the 20th-27th of every month in well-packed boxes made especially for holding 750ml bottles. The package also comes with a paper description for each beer. They are double sided include the beer and brewery description, stories related to the beer’s background, proper glassware and serving temperature, and food pairing ideas.
Having tested a bunch of beer of the month clubs, the rare beer club is my favorite and the only one I’ve stayed subscribed to after the testing period ended. For me to spend the extra money, a beer of the month club has to provide additional value compared to what I can get at the local beer store.
The other 12-pack clubs did not provide that. They were too expensive and the quality of beer did not justify the price. I could obtain better beer locally for much cheaper.
The Rare Beer Club is different because I could not normally get most of these beers. Many of them are from breweries I would have never even heard of if it wasn’t for the Rare Beer Club. Not only is the beer excellent, but I’m now aware of these breweries and will keep them on my radar for more good stuff down the line.
Let’s talk price, since that was the biggest barrier to me staying a member. $45 is not cheap for two bottles of beer. For a Bud drinker it is unheard of, but even fore myself it’s more than I usually pay for two bottles. It’s not crazy though.
One of my favorite breweries, Odell, sells 750’s locally for $20-$25. I know the beer is top notch, so I buy it. Not all of the Rare Beer Club selections are top notch, but they are rarely less than very good and if you consider that 750’s often sell for around $20, then the $45 becomes easier to justify. Factor in shipping, the well-written newsletters that come with the package, and the chance to taste beers normally unattainable, and it becomes very easy to justify $45/month.
Of course $45 is still $45, so you might want to test it out for a couple months rather than paying for a longer term plan right off the bat. Personally, I have cut back on my local beer purchases to make room for this club.
If the quality of the beer ever declines or I start getting mass-distributed beers that I can easily get locally, then I will drop the club. For now though, I’m a happy member and look forward to getting these boxes from the UPS man every month.
Hey, it’s Billy Broas from BillyBrew.com, and I’m doing a review of the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club. So it’s a beer of the month club, and I’ve been a member for about five months now. But it’s a little different than most clubs. I’ve been a member of a bunch, but in those you pay a certain amount, and you get a 12-pack every month of three or four different beers, 12-ounce bottles.
This one is cool because you get two bottles of two different beers, but they’re rare beers, as the name states, and they’re 750s. In fact, this one’s even bigger, so I’m pretty excited about that.
So you get these 750 milliliter bottles, and like the name states, they’re rare. These are not beers that you’re going to get in your normal market. They’re usually really exotic, and limited in production, and often the only way you can get them is through the rare beer club. So the way it works is you pay $45 a month and you get two bottles, two different beers.
You can pay more and get more of each type of beer, but I just get the two. It comes in this cool box here, really well packaged. I’ve never had any issues with the bottles breaking. These covers are made especially for these bottles, so they fit really well. A bonus about this thing is that I always re-use these packages for doing beer trades, so it’s pretty cool.
The beer comes between the 20th and the 27th every month, so during that week. It’s just really great to come home and see this package on my doorstep and know that there’s great beer inside of it.
As for the beers, there’s a lot of variety, and that’s what I really like about it. Not only in the styles, you get two different styles every month, but you also get a lot of international beers too. I’ve had beers a lot from Belgium, Italian beers. I got one last month from the island of Corsica, which is part of France, and then of course a lot of domestic ones too.
Like this month, I have Sheepeater’s Scotch Ale. This is from Idaho. Then I have a Belgian Gran Cru, from Belgium. So prime example, some other great beers I’ve had in the past, I’ve had the Brewery’s Three French Hens, the Corsican beer was great. I got Odell’s Saboteur from Colorado, which I loved. So really great beer selection, and like I said, usually you can’t find these in your local market.
Another cool thing about the club is that you get these newsletters every month, and you get one for each beer, and they really pack a lot into these. You get a background on the beer, not only the beer but also the area that it came from. They just tell you everything you want to know about it. They tell you the ideal serving temperature and glassware, and they give you food pairings. So this is their newsletter, and I usually hang on to these, and read them as I’m drinking the beer. So that’s really great to have, and it’s really good beer writing. You can tell that they know what they’re talking about.
Drawbacks; I’d say the main one is the price. It is $45 a month, which is significant. So I don’t add this on top of my other beer purchases. This comes out of the beer budget, so I do have to cut back in other areas, but I think it’s worth it. $45, I often spend at the store upwards of $20 on bottles like these, so if you factor in that you can’t normally get these beers, and it’s being delivered to me, and it’s just cool to be part of this club, then I think it’s worth it.
I definitely think it’s better to be part of this club than the 12-pack clubs. Usually the selection in those isn’t that great, because they fill so many orders that they can’t get beers from smaller breweries. They have such a large demand that they can only go to big regional breweries. So the selection in those 12-pack clubs is not as good as this club.
All right, so that’s my Rare Beer Club review, and I do recommend it. I’ve been a member of a bunch of clubs, but this is my favorite by far. So if you want to learn more about it, click the link down below. Also check out my YouTube videos where I review the beers that I get every month, and if you have any questions about it, feel free to contact me on the Billy Brew contact page.
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