Beer52 July 2014

Beer52 July 2014

 

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Exclusive discount: Use the code BOTTLE10 to get £10 off your first box  plus two free beers* (cancel any time). *Customers must accept the ‘Claim 2 extra beers’ during sign up. If this is not activated during sign up, you will receive an 8 pack

Reviewed by Beth Barham


If you’re a fan of craft beers, or just fancy trying something a bit different to the usual three or four brands at your local pub, then this box is excellent value. For £24 a month, Beer 52 will send eight bottles of limited edition beers. £3 per bottle doesn’t sound bad for something that isn’t pumped full of chemicals, right?

So, one rather fun evening, we gathered in a group of five, armed with a scorecard, to see what we thought.

In the interests of full disclosure, I should add that two were non-beer drinkers, one occasional beer drinker, and two beer fans.

The theme of the box we tested was ‘Scotland’, and featured bottles from all over. The nice people at Beer 52 had also included a small taste of Scottish fare – some shortbread and oatcakes.

Below are the scores we gave each bottle:

beer8Definitely NOT the official beer of… – 0.5/5

Bow Fiddle Blonde – 1/5

Homecoming Scotland – 1.5/5

Hollyrood – 2.5/5

Top Out Schmankerl- 2/5

Crail Ale – 4/5

Jarl 1/5

The great Cosmati – 2/5

There was no tasting guide included in the box, but on the Beer 52 website (and I had to find this myself) there is a PDF magazine with an introduction to the current theme, and a little about each microbrewery featured that month.

Of course, this review is for the subscription service, not so much the beers themselves, so if you are a beer fan, it’s definitely worth a closer look. The quality of the beers included is high, and a lot of care is taken over the presentation. There is even a handy ‘snack guide’ on the side of the box, telling you what food would be the best accompaniment for different types of beers. 

In conclusion, a good quality service, and if you decide not to open all eight bottles at once for a boozy tasting session, it might well last you most of the month!

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Reviewed by Steve Quinn

Beer52 allow people to receive various ales in a box from as little as £24 a month, but is it worth it?


Well, I don’t think it is.

The first box I received from them had the incorrect info on beers, the info and the beers were very different…I know mistakes happen occasionally so I emailed them and even listed the beers I had received so that I could get this review ready but it was ignored, I waited a week and tried again but it was roughly 3 weeks before they rectified this.

When the 2nd box arrived it had clearly been tampered with. I notified them about this and it didn’t bother them that much. They seemed more concerned that the contents were all present and correct. It soon became apparent that I had
received an incorrect beer again, I had info for one named ‘Single Hop Citra’, the beer I actually received was called ‘Pale Ale Citra’ which according to the beer’s manufacturer and the various online reviews the 2 are very different beers. Yet Beer52 continued to tell me I was wrong.

Beer52, as with most subscription boxes allows you to pay via various ways such as on a month by month basis. It works out cheaper depending on what package you choose.


In the box you are given 8 bottles of various ales, along with a leaflet that gives you info on each beer letting you know where it came from and how it’s made which is great but I really can’t see how they charge £24 p/m for what you receive.

If you enjoy ales that leave some kind of residue at the bottom of the glass and you have a spare £24 a month to pay for such things then by all means order yourself a box.

After trying all 8 I can safely say I only enjoyed 1 or 2 of them. 1 of the more memorable ones is named ‘Summit Wellbrew Ale’, it has a similar taste to the Newcastle Brown Ale, which doesn’t cost £4 and doesn’t seem to leave anything at the bottom of the glass. At first I thought it could be down to the beer but I opened another bottle named Rooie Dop and that did the same, and another named ‘Pale Ale Citra’ did the same. 

Over all I am unhappy with the Beer52 experience and will not be using them myself again as I didn’t enjoy the beers and didn’t think they were value for money.


If I had signed up to Beer52 on a yearly, or even quarterly payment option I would be furious and would definitely not reorder from them. The beers are not worth the money and you would be best heading to a supermarket and buying Ales from there. It’s a great idea if you want to try different ales but I just can’t see a reason as to why they charge so much for what I think is very little.

 
Beer52 search the globe and work with the best microbreweries to deliver unusual, small batch and unique beers to your door.

With the help of their included ‘Meet the Brewers’ booklet in every box and their online community and the You Tube Channel, you get to hear from the people behind the bottles.

You’ll get 8 new and exciting craft beers each month delivered to your door for just £3 a beer. They’re fans of mixing it up so you’ll pleasantly surprised each month!

A simple pricing plan!

£24 a month with free delivery. That’s just £3 a beer!

Exclusive discount: Use the code BOTTLE10 to get £10 off your first box  plus two free beers* (cancel any time). *Customers must accept the ‘Claim 2 extra beers’ during sign up. If this is not activated during sign up, you will receive an 8 pack

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Comments

  • Cat

    Don’t buy they gift voucher for someone as they get caught up in monthly subscriptions and credit cards details. It only leaves a bad taste as it so poorly managed!!!

    • Inês

      Wow, thanks for letting people know about this Cat!

  • Rob

    Hey Cat,

    We do try to make it very clear in our terms and conditions how gift card’s work but I understand there can be some confusion from time to time.

    For us, a bad taste just won’t do. Our whole team strives to ensure our members have a positive experience with us. With that in mind, I’d like to make this right for you. If you could email rob@beer52.com please.

    Thank you

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