Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Hops to Home
Subscription services can be hit and miss – specifically when it comes to libations. However, beer clubs with subscription models are mushrooming, with the obvious advantage for the customer being about time and convenience whereby you are receiving something you need on a regular basis to your door, i.e. one does not have to place an order and it just turns up.
Now, the better ones have an element of curation, personalisation and exclusivity, ideally with products that you cannot easily get elsewhere and different each time. Subscription services that make an effort avoid becoming boring by offering more than dull commodity items and treat their clients like true VIPs with money-cannot by-treats, special access to new products and collaborations are rare.
Enter Hops to Home.
Acknowledging that taste preferences are individually different and ever changing along with the credo that every fruit in the ever increasing variety of the beer garden should be tasted at least once, Hops to Home offers the opportunity to explore fresh new beer expression on a monthly basis.
Hops to Home’s Fresh Can Beer Club offers five different beers every four weeks, ranging from India Pale Ales, Pale Ales, Session IPAs, Porters, Sours, NEIPAs and Stouts with the guarantee that all of their limited release beers have been specifically canned and sourced directly from the respective Australian independent brewery.
Each delivery is accompanied by detailed tasting notes shedding light on both the beers as well as the breweries and subsequently, mid-month backed up by reviews of the beers in each pack by Quarantinnies and Aussie Beer Explorers.
The April pack won me over instantaneously with an exclusive collaboration with Hop Nation (an exquisitely piney, red IPA, a tour de force of hops with stone fruity citrus highlight); a West Coast IPA courtesy of Ocean Beach Brewery with Chinook hops taking the centre stage as well as my fist exposure to Bondi Beach brewery with their IPA marrying an array of seven hop varieties. The offering is flanked by an American style Pale Ale by Boomerang Beach Brewery and the Australian styl, sessional Newy Pacific Ale.
Word around the campfire has that Hops to Home next offering will feature exclusive collaboration with Bodriggy Brewing as well as Tallboy and Moose, both of which we have covered as part of this series.
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