Our Craft Beer Selection Process

Our Mission Statement and Commitment to You

We want to help you explore and develop your appreciation for craft beer by removing the challenge of consistently finding the best that's out there, beers you might not have discovered on your own.

Here's how we do it:

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Over 100 Collective Years in the Brewing Industry

Our panel of Brewmasters and Beer Judges has over 100 collective years of experience in the craft beer brewing industry, from judging at the Great American Beer Festival and other national competitions to heading brewing operations at BJ's Brewhouse, a 100+ location brewpub chain. We're knowledgeable and passionate about beer and we've got your back.

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A Variety of Beer Bottles

We Rate Over 500 Beers Each Year from Breweries Around the World

To bring you exceptional selections each month, we rate each beer's appearance, aromatic profile, body and balance, mouthfeel, finish, and of course, its overall character, flavor and appeal. We're looking for subtle odd notes that would indicate issues with the brew or recipe as well as mild contaminations that may not be offensive to most now, but will progress with time in the bottle. Less than 20% of all beers we rate are ever considered to be shared with you.

Our Panel Members Travel to Top Beer-Making Regions

Our panel keeps busy attending, judging and submitting beers at prestigious festivals, creating collaborative beers with other microbreweries, meeting with brewers and importers, and most importantly, trying new beers.

Panel member Alex Puchner with Brouwerij Bavik brewer Yves Benoit at his brewery in Belgium
Beer club president Kris Calef with Rudi Ghequire of Brouwerij Rodenbach

We Build Strong Relationships with Breweries and Importers

Absolutely critical to discovering outstanding and innovative beers that are either limited production or have not even been introduced to the U.S. market are the relationships we've built over the years with microbreweries and cutting edge importers such as Vanberg & DeWulf and Shelton Brothers. We help them launch new products and you get to try them first.

Exclusive Selections With Direct Imports

Strong brewery and importer relationships enable us to offer you beers that have either been exclusively imported for us, such as Lefebvre Brewery's Abbaye De Floreffe, a 7.5% Belgian Triple as well as U.S. craft beers that have been brewed exclusively for our members, like Saint Somewhere's Cynthiana, a 9% Strong Dark Farmhouse Ale.

Limited Production Seasonal Beers Throughout the Year

We pay special attention to seasonal beers such as Dopplebocks, Bavarian Hefeweizens, Oktoberfests, and Spiced Winter Ales made in small production batches and brewed only once a year.

Rick Lyke from Pints For Prostates
Panel Tasting Notes

Blind Ratings Ensure No Pre-existing Biases Interfere with Our Rating Process

Our beer panel members are told only what beer style they're rating and not the country of origin or brewery that made it. Occasionally, we'll toss in a beer brewed by a panel member just to keep them honest... and humble! Read our craft beer tasting notes from previously featured breweries.

Quality Control. We know What to Ship & When to Ship It

This one’s big when you’re working with a living product like unpasteurized beer and our selection process ensures that you’ll receive each beer as the brewer intended you to drink it.

We focus on beers with higher hop acidity, higher ABVs and generally more durable styles in the warmer months so they'll travel better. Some artisanal beers are aged like wine and others are meant to be enjoyed fresh out of the fermentation tanks. Rest assured that every non-aged beer featured is brewed to order for us just weeks before you receive it.

Random samples are evaluated again after we've taken delivery to ensure freshness and consistency with what was approved by our panel.

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We're passionate about beer and we hope to share that passion with you.

Prost!

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Sincerely,

Kris Calef

President and Founder

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98% of Our Customers Highly Recommend Us

For more than 20 years, we've differentiated ourselves in many ways, striving simply to offer the best service in the market. And we're confident that you'll agree we've met that goal. Here's why.

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Unmatched Variety by Style, Brewery & Country

Unmatched Variety by style, brewery & country

Choose from Five different Beer Clubs offering unmatched variety by brewery,
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