Last year, my wife purchased me a three month subscription to the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, and I have to say it was a bit of a disaster. You see, she chose the “Original” option and I was more than a little underwhelmed with what arrived each month. After sharing my disappointment here on the blog, Brett Olsen from BOTMC responded, saying perhaps my lovely wife had chosen the wrong option for a geek such as myself. It turns out that this was good advice, which my wife took to heart.
This year, my wife once again signed me up for the Beer of the Month Club, but this time she selected the “Rare” option, and that seems to have made all the difference in the world. Sure, the “Rare” club costs more and provides you with fewer ounces of beer for your money, but the difference was obvious the moment I opened the box. Inside were two 750ml bottles of corked goodness – a Bink Grand Cru from Brouwerij Kerkom and a 2009 Cellar Reserve Sheep Eater Scotch Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co. That’s more like it! I hadn’t heard of or had either of these beers, and both were instantly intriguing.
I cracked open the Bink Grand Cru on Saturday night and it was a remarkable brew. It was sweet and a bit boozy (at 13% ABV this makes sense) with wonderful fig and raisin flavors capped with an earthy chocolate aftertaste. It got better and better as it warmed, and it was so satisfying and complex, it was the only beer I needed that evening. I haven’t tried the Sheep Eater Scotch Ale yet (why rush through my goodies?) but it looks like a winner as well. I’m looking forward to seeing what other treats arrive in the coming months.
As our regular readers know, I have a knack for making mistakes that others can learn from, and my experience with the Beer of the Month Club is no different. If you’re a beer geek or, like my wife, are considering giving the Beer of the Month Club to a beer-obsessed person in your life, be a hero and click the “Rare” button. For me this difference turned a disappointment into a triumph of beer geekery. In my book, there really is no other choice.