New to the beer subscription game, Avalon Beers launched in the summer of 2021. It aims to channel its experience in craft beer wholesaling into bringing you the best British beers from independent and microbreweries. It makes two promises: you won’t find anything in its boxes on sale in a supermarket, and it won’t sell you anything its employees wouldn’t happily drink themselves.
This straightforward approach is echoed in its subscriptions. Choose from four different options: pale ales, IPAS and sours; lagers, IPAs and pale ales; lower-ABV session brews; or a variety box. This was our favourite element of the subscription – allowing you to tailor the box to what you specifically like to drink. Upon sign up, Avalon sends you a box of 12 different beers each month (the boxes are also available for one-off purchase). The variety box subscription is £45 a month, while all others are £50 a month (with an offer for £10 off your first order).
Our variety box arrived in fully recyclable, plastic-free, sectioned cardboard packaging. We were impressed with the diversity of beers on offer, with several from breweries we hadn’t come across before. The box included brews by Kernel, Howling Hops, Partizan and Hammerton. Highlights included Brew By Numbers’ fabulous triple-fruited gose, Solero (which tasted exactly like the ice cream, with a pleasing salty edge) and Three Hills Brewing’s Cannolo, a seriously decadent 10% ABV hazelnut and banana cannoli-flavoured pastry stout.
- Available from Avalon Beers, from £45 monthly