First, I don’t define myself as a beer snob (though my wife and brother would probably beg to differ). I don’t know the OG (original gravity) in all my beers, and can’t have detailed conversations about malt origins and hop varieties. But I do enjoy the complexities that craft and microbreweries conjure up in their breweries. I don’t drink mass-produced beers (i.e. Budweiser), yet I happen to be someone who can still feel fine with breweries whom others think have “sold out” by selling to the big boys (i.e. 10 Barrel, Goose Island, Elysian).
Some of my favorite breweries throughout Oregon happen to be ones that I just stumbled upon. For example, Portal Brewing in Medford, Dragon’s Gate Brewery in Milton-Freewater, and Fire Mountain Brewing in Carlton all came upon random stops and my tasting experiences there are some that I still remember most fondly today. I love the views of Pelican, the old town feel of Prodigal Sun, and the new-age excellence of Pfriem and Crux. I just like beer. Even when I travel out of the state, I do my best to sample local places. In the last few years, I have sampled multiple breweries in California, Washington, Utah, DC, and Chicago. Shoot, I remember when I was in Chicago that Not Your Father’s Root Beer was nothing more than a local-Chicago brewery that only delivered to a handful of restaurants in the Windy City. Now it’s everywhere!
So the Craft Beer of the Month Club is right up my alley. There is nothing I like more than celebrating a successful and/or completed race than with a cold craft brew. My first box came with 12 bottles – 4 kinds, 3 bottles each, from 2 different breweries. There were four CraftBeerClub.com taster glasses and a bottle opener as well. The packaging was top-notch and there were brochures for each of the breweries that talked about their companies, as well as the beers inside.
This month’s samples were from Erie Brewing Company out of Pennsylvania and Free State Brewing Company out of Kansas. The diversity of the styles was great, with an Altbier, Oatmeal Stout, Blonde, and American Pale Ale to sample. For those of you who love beer as much as I do – and love sampling different kinds – I highly recommend this box.
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