Posted tagged ‘Craft Beer’

Equity for Punks BottleBox Club

June 19, 2016

This year I took the opportunity to invest in BrewDog via Equity for Punks IV. I love what BrewDog are doing in the craft beer arena and am happy to support them. Besides which being a shareholder comes with a few perks such as discounts in BrewDog bars and on their online store.

A further benefit is the opportunity to join the EFP specific BottleBox club. The EPV BottleBox club is a subscription service which delivers a box of 12 BrewDog beers either monthly or bi-monthly.

I deliberated over joining for a couple of weeks primarily because I was not sure exactly what to expect from the club. I was most interested in getting a good selection of different BrewDog beers with some rarer and/or special beers to lay down for a later date.

Finally I just went for it and chose the annual up-front payment which got me one of the monthly boxes for free. So for a £385 investment I would get 12 boxes of beer at £32 each (including postage).

My BottleBox was delivered via ParcelForce. Personally, as someone who works, I am not a fan of ParcelForce as I find their weekday, working hours only delivery service to be too inflexible. However, I had a word with a BrewDog staffer and they told me that Doddle and CollectPlus pick-up delivery options are in the pipeline.

Via ParcelForce I opted for a delivery to my local post office and picked up my first box of beer from there. It was well packaged and arrived undamaged:

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Here’s what I found in the June BottleBox:

  • Monk Hammer – can
  • Jack Hammer – can
  • Dog D – bottle
  • Bourbon Baby – bottle x 2
  • Kingpin – bottle
  • AB:19 – bottle
  • Dead Pony Club – bottle
  • Jet Black Heart – bottle
  • Arcade Nation – bottle
  • Black Hammer – can x 2
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By my reckoning that is £44 worth of beer (I’ve used cheaper supermarket prices for those the beers that are normally available there). Not bad for £32. Plus I get the chance to try many Brew Dog brews I have not sampled before.

Of this selection I have previously tried Jack Hammer (albeit in bottle form), Dead Pony Club, Jet Black Heart and Arcade Nation (a personal favourite of mine).

In addition to those beers I received a bottle of the newly released lager Kingpin, some aged Dog D, a bottle of AB:19 and two bottles of Bourbon Baby (one I have very much enjoyed and the other I have laid down).

To round off the box there were a selection of three Hammer Heads cans. The Black Hammer about blew my mouth off with its 200+ IBUs (which was actually a welcome thing). The remaining Black Hammer and the Monk Hammer will be saved for a rainy day.

As well as the beers you get tasting notes…

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…which give details of all the beers in the box:

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That was my first BottleBox which I am very happy with. I’ll be appending to this post as I get each delivery detailing what is in it so that anyone thinking of subscribing has an idea of what they could get.

July 2016 BottleBox

  • Black Eyed King Imp – can
  • Kingpin – can
  • Paradox Islay – bottle
  • Candy Kaiser – bottle
  • #Mashtag 2016 – bottle x 2
  • Electric India – bottle x 2
  • Elvis Juice – bottle
  • Ace of Chinook – bottle
  • Hop Fiction – bottle
  • Jack Hammer – bottle
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August 2016 BottleBox

  • Electric India – can
  • Albino Squid Assassin – can
  • Ship Wreck – bottle
  • Hardcore IPA – bottle
  • Kingpin – bottle
  • Dead Pony Club – bomber
  • AB:20 – bottle
  • Hello My Name is Ingrid – bottle x 2
  • Barrel-Aged Albino Squid Assassin – bottle
  • Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents – can x 2
  • BrewDog Crest Bottle Opener
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September 2016 BottleBox

  • Elvis Juice – can
  • Kingpin – can (although it should be Hop Fiction according to the tasting notes)
  • 5am Saint – bottle
  • Ace of Citra – bottle x 2
  • Dog E – bottle
  • Paradox Islay – bottle
  • Jack Hammer – bottle
  • Vagabond Pale Ale – bottle
  • Electric India – bottle
  • Black Hammer – can
  • Black Eyed King Imp – can
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October 2016 BottleBox

  • Neon Overlord – can x 2
  • Chilli Hammer – can x 2
  • Pumpkin Kin – bottle
  • AB:21 – bottle
  • Paradox Islay – bottle
  • Candy Kaiser – bottle
  • Jet Black Heart – bottle
  • Punk IPA – big can
  • Kingpin – can
  • Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents – can
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November 2016 BottleBox

  • Electric India – can
  • 5am Saint – bottle
  • Zeitgeist – bottle
  • Hello My Name is Ingrid – bottle x 2
  • AB:20 – bottle
  • Beatnik Brewing Collective, Imperial Read Ale – bottle x 2
  • Hardcore IPA – bottle
  • Dog E – bottle
  • Elvis Juice – bottle
  • Black Eyed King Imp – can
  • BottleBox Beer Club Patch
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December 2016 BottleBox

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  • Jack Hammer – bottle
  • Cocoa Psycho – bottle
  • Hoppy Christmas – bottle x 2
  • Casino Rye Ale – bottle
  • Tokyo* – bottle
  • Santa Paws – bottle x 2
  • Ace of Equinox – bottle x 2
  • Jet Black Heart – bottle
  • Flat-Pack Fruit Bat – can
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January 2017 BottleBox

  • Rye Hammer – can x 2
  • Tokyo* – bottle
  • Elvis Juice – bottle
  • Candy Kaiser – bottle
  • Vagabond – bottle
  • Hardcore IPA – bottle
  • Punk IPA – bottle
  • AB:21 – bottle
  • Jack Hammer – can
  • Self Assembly Pope – can x 2
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  • Hop Shot – 110ml bottle
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February 2017 BottleBox

  • Hop Shot – 110ml bottle x 2
  • Cocoa Psycho – bottle
  • Hardcore IPA – bottle
  • Elvis Juice – bottle
  • Zeitgeist – bomber x 2
  • Punk IPA – bomber
  • Jet Black Heart – bottle
  • Rye Hammer – can
  • Jack Hammer – can x 2
  • BottleBox Bar Blade
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March 2017 BottleBox

  • Kingpin – can
  • Hop Fiction – can x 2
  • Punk IPA – bottle
  • Jack Hamer – bottle
  • Coffee and Cigarettes – bottle x 2
  • Dead Pony Club – bottle
  • 5AM Saint – bottle
  • Skimmed Occultist – can x 2
  • Zeitgeist – can
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