As dedicated beer lovers, we are always looking for ways to try new beer. Unless you are one of the blessed that has access to a high-quality bottle shop, you can very quickly run out of new beer to try. This is where a beer subscription service can prove useful. Beer subscription services, such as Beer Drop, will send you unique craft beer from all over the United States. In this article, we will talk about Beer Drop’s services, how you can sign-up, and our overall impression of the company. We have also included a tasting review of the beers we received in our last Beer Drop order. Without further ado, let’s get started.
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Beer Drop – How It Works
Beer Drop was founded in 2016 and has a lot more flexibility than many of the other similar services. The first step when ordering is to choose the package size that works for you. There are three options – 6 beers starting at $33, 8 beers starting at $40, and 10 beers starting at $44. Each beer comes as a pair, so for the 6 beer option you receive 3 different styles, for the 8 beer option you receive 4 different styles, and for the 10 beer option you receive 5 different styles.
Once you decide on your package size, you can choose your favorite styles of beer. The categories they divide the beer into are hoppy, sour, dark, light, Belgian, malty, fruity, and top picks. From here they will automatically choose beer from each style to fit your preferences. Once they generate their recommended list, you can swap out their recommendations with any beer from their library. Some of the beers cost more than others, which can increase the overall price of your shipment. Shipping is a flat rate of $7.99, and you will need to provide age verification upon delivery.
You can choose to subscribe to their service and receive a shipment every month, or order a month at a time. If you subscribe, you can easily cancel at any time. You can also bump your shipment a week if you are out of town, or skip the whole order entirely if none of their choices interest you any given month.
We have been using Beer Drop since February of 2023. Overall, we have been satisfied with their services. There have been beers that we found to be disappointing, but we have also found new favorites. We signed up for the 6 beer / $33 package and pay on average $47 with shipping and beer upgrades. We have our positives and negatives listed below.
- Easy to manage your subscription
- Superior selection to other similar services
- Their beer library rotates monthly, so there is a steady stream of new beers to try
- Relatively expensive, costing between $40-$50 for effectively a 6-pack of beer
- Sometimes you may not like any of the available beers
Overall, if it is in your budget, we would recommend trying it. If it wasn’t so easy to check their options before deciding if you want that month’s shipment, we may have had a different opinion. It is expensive, but no more than similar services. As of August 2023, if you use the coupon code BEERDROP10 at checkout, you can save $10 on your first order. You can visit their website here if you are interested in ordering. Now that we’ve gone over Beer Drop as a company, let’s go through one of their drops.
Beer Drop Review
We wanted to preface this review by stating that it was by far our favorite shipment. We have had a couple come close, but every beer in this selection is solid. This particular order was the 8-beer option. The following came in this shipment:
- Bierstadt Helles from Bierstadt Lagerhaus
- Gnommegang from Ommegang
- 617 Lager from Lord Hobo
- Super Session IPA from Lawson’s Finest Liquids
The Helles is one of our favorite beer styles because it lets you know the quality of the brewery you are dealing with. The delicate malty flavor will refuse to hide any brewhouse flaws. Bierstadt is an excellent brewery, which is very clearly depicted in this Helles. It was a crystal clear gold with a lingering white head. There was a light, grainy sweetness in the aroma. The taste was the same as the smell, with a light malty sweetness, a balancing bitterness, and a soft, dry finish. It was very refreshing, and we wish we could have ordered a whole case of it.
Overall: 4.67 / 5
This was a bit of a risk for us, as Belgians are not normally our first choice, but we are thrilled we tried it. It was a hazy gold with a very long-lasting white head. The aroma was filled with bubblegum and clove with a subtle accompanying maltiness. The flavor was similar, with the Belgian spices dominating, but not overpowering. The spice lingers into the aftertaste. Even though this Belgian-styled Blonde Ale came in at 9.5% abv, it drank like a much lighter beer. While it still isn’t our favorite style, we can respect this for what it is.
Overall: 4.25 / 5
Next up from Beer Drop was the 617 Lager from Lord Hobo. It had a slight haze with a quickly fading white head. There was a light grainy sweetness in the aroma with hints of bread. The flavor was very similar, with a light grainy sweetness up front and a clean, crisp finish. There was a nice lingering malty finish. This is a solid American lager that we would recommend trying if you see it.
Overall: 4 / 5
Super Session IPA
Last, but certainly not least, is the Super Session IPA from Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Lawson’s is known for several fantastic beers, and this one is no different. It had a hazy golden color and a quickly dissipating white head. The aroma was loaded with citrus flavors, coming from their Mosaic and Lotus hop additions. The flavor was very similar to the aroma and was loaded with wonderful tropical fruit flavors. There was a good balancing bitterness, but it was not high enough that it took away from the citrusy flavor. We loved this beer, and desperately need Lawson’s to distribute down into Virginia!
Overall: 4.33 / 5
Overall, we think Beer Drop is worth trying if you are desperate to try new beer and have some extra money to spend on it. With the cheapest option costing around $45 it is expensive, but we really enjoy checking their library every month to see if they have any good options. Again, if you are interested in trying one month of Beer Drop, make sure you use the coupon code BEERDROP10 at checkout. A trial run of $35 is a little more palatable. You can find a link to their website here. If you try Beer Drop, please let us know what you think! Cheers!