A Guide to Gifting a Beer Club Membership

still life with different bottles glasses and mugs of beer drinksBeer clubs make excellent gifts for spouses, family members, friends and even business associates. But, when you go shopping for the perfect beer club gift membership, you may be overwhelmed at all of the choices. Luckily, there are ways to narrow down the selections and find the perfect beer club for your gift recipient – and perhaps, even within the gifting budget.

Beer clubs are highly personalized experiences, so do not be afraid to take your time and sift through all of the options out there. This guide will help you narrow down the choices, but only you know your recipient.

One-Time or On-Going?
The first thing you will need to decide is the type of membership you are gifting. Will you be giving them a one-time (one month) membership or will you sign them up for an on-going three, six or even one-year membership? You will want to pay upfront for the cost of that membership too, but just make sure the recipient knows to cancel once their “gift” period is over – otherwise the membership may keep sending out selections at the recipient's expense. The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club offers gift memberships exclusively and at checkout you can select if you are gifting the membership. If so, you will get to add a free, customized announcement for the membership.

What Type of Beer Drinker are They?
Not everyone is a beer connoisseur. When you are selecting a beer club membership as a gift, you will want to consider their beer drinking type. For example, do they know what microbrews or craft beers are? Are they new to exploring limited production and rare beers? The goal of gifting a membership is to expose them to something new, but not something that is too far out of their comfort zone. For the beginner beer drinker, you may want to stick to a more basic membership, like the U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club by the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club or Clubs of America Beer of the Month Club. Both of these have great varieties of beer and will help your recipient explore the types out there.

Where They Live
Unfortunately, not all states will accept beer of the month shipments. Make sure the club you are considering will ship to the recipient's state and realize that some states will not be included in beer clubs what-so-ever, such as Utah.

Your Budget
Every gifter has a budget. Some clubs are more affordable than others and include free shipping – so you aren't paying more than expected. If you don't have a budget, then don't be afraid to impress your recipient with a membership to something like The Bruery Society or Craft Beer Club. But, if you are on a tight budget, there are plenty of others that won't break the bank and still offer great beer selections.

Giving the gift of a beer club can really show your appreciation and give someone something unique rather than the “usual” gift options. For clients, a beer club gift is the perfect opportunity to impress them and let them know they are more than just a number. With so many options out there, you can certainly find the perfect club to give as a gift this year.

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