They’ve been around a while, and there’s now a vast array of clubs delivering boxes of craft beer on a regular basis to thirsty beer geeks.
One of the latest created was Brewodg’s Fanzine, which sends three cans of limited edition beers every two weeks.
I’d never signed up to a beer subscription before, and six new beers a month seemed a drinkable amount, so I signed up.
It was not long before I found the first box on my doorstep.
It’s pretty simple. Each week you get a small box with the beers and an information card.
I’m now on the 3rd week so have a reasonable impression of the service and the beers received.
Fanzine Week 1:
- Zephyr V1 – Citrus Tart Edition
- Jet Trash V1 – West Coast IPA
- Nebula – Russian Imperial Stout
I think the stand out in week one was Nebula – a complex and rather excellent imperial stout. Very smooth, boozy with lots of silky chocolate flavour.
I also enjoyed the Jet Trash V1 – which was an approachable and balanced West Coast IPA. I will look forward to more versions of this one.
Fanzine Week 2:
- Fool’s Gold– Dortmunder Export Lager
- Jinx – Pale Ale V1 – Washington Hop Edition
- King of Eights V1 – East Coast IPA
This week had a selection of very drinkable beer. None of these lasted long and proved ideal for the surprisingly warm weather.
Fanzine Week 3:
- Zephyr V2 – Lime Gose Edition
- Ten Ton Truck – Espresso Edition
- Pulp Patriot – NEIPA
Week three included a fruit bomb 9.5% New England IPA and a new version of Zephyr.
I’ve not drunk much Gose before, but it’s certainly something I need to try more of. I prefer this to the Zephyr V1.
Getting more familiar with different, rarer styles is one of the reasons I signed up to the box, so I am happy so far with what I’m getting.
Here’s a few thoughts summarised.
- Fresh, news beers, but not an overwhelming amount
- Their online system is good
- Easy to stop/start subscription and change address
- A good mix – Has some sour styles, stronger dark beers and lots of different IPAs
- It should be interesting to compare versions – if you can remember them!
- If you don’t like Brewdog then you’ll get sick of it pretty quickly.
- Not something you are going to share often.
- Not going to be your regular supply of go-to beers.
- If you really like something it would be hard to find it again (could always get something similar though)
Price: £11 every fortnight. Available direct from Brewdog.