image001.jpgAs we’re all pressed to find gifts in the last few days before Christmas, how about a beer of the month subscription?  Nothing says, “I love you” like having new beer being delivered to your loved one’s door every or every other month.  But with the number of different beer clubs out there, which are the good ones?  These are the two clubs I could recommend:

Michael Jackson is arguably the person who put craft beer back on the map in the United States and even all over the world.  While he may be gone, his Rare Beer Club remains.  This club places the emphasis on as the name says, rare beers.  As the website states, “Most of these beers have never been in distribution in the United States, and in some cases they are bottled exclusively for the Rare Beer Club by these passionate artisan brewers.”  Here’s a list of last year’s selections, just to give you an idea of what your recipient could be in for.

It may be too late to be a Sinner, but luckily it’s not too late to be a Saint.  The Lost Abbey in San Diego, CA brews some of the most unusual and creative Belgian style beers in the world.  Winners of numerous medals, the beer are fantastic but difficult to get outside a few select areas in the country.  The Saints club not only offers two 750ml bottles every other month but also a Lost Abbey Dickies Work Shirt.  This is a great club and will be my second year of being a member.

If you’re looking for a more local Christmas gift, be sure to check out my list of St. Louis beer gifts that I put together last year.