Best beer subscription boxes for craft beer lovers
A regular delivery of craft beer will keep you in healthy supply of interesting brews, hand-selected by experts. Read our round-up of the best beer subscription boxes.
Supermarket now sell big ranges of beer and it's easy to stock up while you're doing your grocery shop. However, this means you may miss some more unusual beers – the bottles and cans you don’t often see on the shelves.
This is where beer subscription services come in, making sure we can enjoy the craft beer experience from our own front rooms. In the same way as ever popular gin subscriptions or wine deliveries, a beer subscription means your fridge can always stay stocked with an interesting bottle or can. Branch out from your usual Peroni or Corona and discover a whole new world of independent breweries, unique flavours and new favourite ales, lagers and beyond. Plus, if you've got a beer fan in your life, a beer subscription makes a brilliant gift.
As well as the convenience of having beer delivered direct to your door, a beer subscription also helps you find the best beers to suit your tastes. Different subscriptions offer different USPs: whether you're looking to try new British beers, want IPAs only or support small craft breweries. Some offer customisable boxes so you can rule out any styles you're not such a fan of, whilst others offer a real community element to find likeminded beer heads. We've even included a cider subscription if that is more your style.
Our drinks expert Brendan Hodrien is a lifestyle writer who specialises in drinks reviews and has tested the best beer subscriptions and deliveries to buy. He has previously written about the best drinks for The Independent, The i and Evening Standard, more often than not waxing lyrical about Islay whiskies.
So whether you're a fan British ales or new world craft beers, we’ve found a service that works for you. From big boxes of Belgian beer to small deliveries of the weird and wonderful, there’s a whole world of beer subscriptions out there – what are you having?
Best beer subscription boxes at a glance
- Best overall beer subscription: Beer52, from £27 a month
- Best large beer subscription: Flavourly Beer Club, from £44.90 a month
- Best for small batch beers: Brew Republic, from £35 a month
- Best beer subscription for IPAs: Standard Brew Co, £20 a month
- Best beer subscription for a community experience: BeerBods, from £24 bi-monthly
- Best exclusive craft beer subscription: Hop Burns & Black All Killer No Filler, from £49.95 a month
- Best beer subscription for homegrown brews: Best of British Beer – Beer for a Year, £155 for a year
- Best for craft beer purists: Brewser, from £38 a month
- Best cider subscription: Crafty Nectar, from £15 a month
Best beer subscription boxes to buy 2023
Best overall beer subscription
- Available from Beer52, from £27 a month
Beer52 is one of the biggest names in the beer delivery game at the moment and deservedly so. It does absolutely everything right. Month to month the theme changes, taking subscribers on journeys to Korea and Estonia, California and Ireland.
Beer52 send experts around the world to discover the best beers each country has to offer. You can choose whether to receive 8 or 10 beers a month and can decide whether you want a mixed box (light and dark beers) or just light. Along with your beers you will also receive a magazine and a quirky snack. Delivery options are easy to personalise and adjust as well. We can't fault it.
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What to expect in a Beer52 box:
Ireland dominated our trial box: there was the Salted Caramel Pastry Stout from White Hag Brewery in Sligo, a bottle of Irish Stout by Heaney and the award winning Knockmealdown Stout by Eight Degrees. Aside from the dark stuff there was O’Hara’s White Haze IPA and Eight Degrees’ Bohemian Pilsner.
Flavourly Beer Club
Best large beer subscription
- Available from Flavourly (from £44.90 a month)
It is hard to argue with the value presented by the Flavourly Beer Club. Subscribers are delivered a whopping 30 beers per delivery for £44.90 – working out at less than £1.50 per beer. Delivering on sheer quantity doesn’t mean a sacrifice on quality, with beloved favourites finding a home alongside hidden gems.
Obviously it’s tough to fill each case with 30 different beers every single month but Flavourly guarantees that each case will never have more than four of the same beer, with the selection carefully curated by an in-house panel of beer experts – there’s worse jobs out there, right?
In addition to the delicious beers, subscribers are also treated to a tasty snack and a bit of light reading to accompany your beverage. If 30 beers is too daunting a delivery, Flavourly recently launched the Sub and Save Club, a model which delivers 24 craft beers a month with the price of your subscription dropping over time to reward loyal customers, and savings max out after six deliveries.
What to expect in a Flavourly Beer Club box:
A generous helping of fine craft beers. This is more than enough to keep you going throughout the month and with some left over for friends and family to join in. The inclusion of an artisanal snack is a pleasant addition, broadening horizons and palates in different ways. And the Flavourly magazine is a welcome touch, allowing subscribers to deepen their knowledge of the industry and the people in it.
Sign up to Flavourly (from £44.90 a month)
Best for small batch beers
- Available from Brew Republic (from £35 a month)
Brew Republic pride themselves on having their eyes, ears and tongues everywhere in the craft beer world.
They’ve got contacts at the best independent craft breweries in the land and as such their boxes are always full of the highest quality small batch beers you can find.
Subscribers have three cases to choose from, each made up of 12 craft beers. The classics case focuses on traditional styles, the discovery option throws up some more adventurous offerings - tangy sours and the like, whilst the premium box is the cream of the crop, featuring the craftiest of craft breweries at the top of their game.
Your first case comes with a free glass, all the packaging is recyclable and each box features helpful tasting notes. It’s also super-easy to amend your order should you want to skip a month or try something new.
It’s a big thumbs up from us for this flexible, straightforward and tasty subscription.
Standard Brew Co
Best beer subscription for IPAs
- Available from Standard Brew Co (from £20 a month)
Standard Brew Co is a brand-new, customer-owned, subscription-based brewery, shipping out new and exclusive small-batch IPAs every month. Each subscriber will receive shares in the business and become an owner with Standard Brew Co, while enjoying delicious and easy-drinking beers.
Made for people who love IPA and who want to be part of the business of brewing, Standard Brew Co awards shares every year to anyone who completes a year-long subscription. All you have to do is drink the beer!
Each month, Standard Brew Co creates a different small-batch IPA, making everything from TIPAs (triple-hopped brews) to SIPAs (session beers) and everything in between.
What to expect in a Standard Brew Co box:
For £20 a month you will receive a six-pack of tank-fresh IPA straight from the brewery; plus, for a limited time, the first month of your subscription is free. Standard Brew Co will be brewing a plethora of IPAs throughout the year, so you can guarantee no two brews will be the same.
Best beer subscription for a community experience
- Available from Beerbods (from £36 a month)
Let’s be honest, half the fun of craft beer is being able to impress your friends with your in-depth knowledge of the obscure tipple in front of you, regaling them with details of how the can was inspired by the brewer's childhood dog's love for strawberries and mint.
The Beerbods subscription makes sure you're armed with the knowledge you need to enjoy your beer to the fullest. You are delivered 8 beers every 8 weeks and every Thursday you receive an email talking you through the beer of the week – you can even join in with the weekly live tastings.
What to expect in a Beerbods box:
Beerbods’ eclectic mix took us to Bristol with Wiper and True’s much adored Kaleidoscope Pale Ale and Arbor’s C Bomb. We also headed to Southwark with Brew By Numbers’ Session IPA and all the way up to the Toon with Newcastle's very own Repeater Session IPA by Full Circle Brewing Co.
Hop Burns & Black All Killer No Filler
Best exclusive craft beer subscription
- Available from Hop Burns & Black (£49.95)
Hop Burns & Black’s All Killer No Filler box really puts its money where its mouth is. The premise of the subscription service is that the boxes will never be padded out with anything drab or ubiquitous – its all killer, no filler.
Each month you receive 12 beers, the box filled with small batch collaborations, international rarities and beers exclusive to Hop Burns & Black. You are also furnished with reviews, tasting notes and suggested pairings written by expert beer and food writers. Get in there fast, membership is capped in order to ensure they can fulfil their ‘all killer’ promise.
What to expect in the Hop Burns & Black box:
Hop Burns & Black followed through on the no filler promise. There was an elaborate can by Tottenham based Pressure Drop and a Brown Ale by Kernel (suppliers to Yotam Ottolenghi). There was also room given to Polly’s Brew Co from Mold with its well balanced Pines IPA in the box. We were bowled over by the South Coast’s Burning Sky Brewery – its Out of Vogue West Coast Pale is incredibly moreish.
Best of British Beer – Beer for a Year
Best beer subscription for homegrown brews
- Available from Best of British Beer (£155)
There’s no prizes for guessing what Best of British Beer is all about. However, it does deserve a prize for its variety, as the company offers an array of different subscriptions – but our choice has to be the Beer for a Year edition.
Over the course of 12 months, subscribers are sent four boxes filled with 12 different 500ml bottles, with the odd 330ml can or bottle in there if it’s something extra special. One of the most inviting aspects of this proposition is that subscribers can pick which dates throughout the year they want their deliveries – want some for an anniversary? Pencil it in. A birthday? Sorted.
What to expect in a Best of British beer box:
This offering does what it says on the side of the box. There were treats from Manchester’s Wildside Beers, a full bodied stout by Shrewbury’s Monty Brewery, a pilsner from Westerham, and a fruity pale from Cornwall based Firebrand Brewing Co.
Best for craft beer purists
- Available from Brewser, from £38 a month
One of the nation’s fastest growing beer subscription services, Brewser is making a name for itself fast. The focus here is on deep dives into the very best independent breweries these British Isles have to offer.
Brewser supports more than 120 independent breweries, and each month you are invited to pick out a brewery of your choosing, and it will hands down be the most difficult decision you have to make each month. Craft beer enthusiasts will have to decide between celebrated Mancunian brewery Cloudwater and producers of the much beloved Steady Rolling Man, Cheltenham-based DEYA, among other stalwarts and rising stars.
Sure, we’re all here for the beer but there’s a sustainability point to be made for Brewser as well. Beers are sent to subscribers direct from the brewery, meaning there are fewer travel miles involved and no repackaging; something of a unique feature for beer subscription services, so you can feel smug as you sip.
What to expect in a Brewser box
The highest quality independent craft beers in the country. The amount of beers may vary month to month but the value for money does not. This is a no-nonsense subscription for the craft beer purist who doesn’t need snacks, bells, whistles and reading along with their beer. It’s all about trying the very best beers from the nation’s very best breweries – if that’s what you’re after then Brewser is second to none.
Sign up to Brewser, from £38 a month
Best cider subscription
- Available from Crafty Nectar (from £15.50 a box)
Life would be boring if we were all the same. If you are one of those people who would rather kick back and relax with a cider rather than an IPA then there’s no better place than Crafty Nectar to get your fix.
Crafty Nectar have a team of experts who curate their craft cider selections, putting together boxes full of different styles and flavours. Subscribers can choose from a Mini Taster Box of three bottles, a Craft Cider Discovery Box of six bottles or a Fine Cider Taster Box made up of two particularly special 750ml bottles.
Forget that nasty experience you had with White Lightning when you were a teenager and enjoy the world of craft cider.
What to expect in a Crafty Nectar box:
Crafty Nectar introduced us to a world of cider we never knew existed, from the delectable SASSY Rosé Cider to their very own rhubarb cider. We also couldn’t get enough of the Laidback Lumberjack Cider by Against the Grain.
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This review was last updated in October 2022. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at email@example.com.
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