The Beer Connoisseur Club

BCClubLogoIt’s about time someone recognized the need for a club of beer aficionados.  The folks at The Beer Connoisseur® have been in the beer scene for about five years now – publishing a great magazine, keeping us up-to-date on the industry, and telling us of beer events around the country.

Their latest venture – The Beer Connoisseur® Club, is an extension of that passion for beer in that they want to, in their words, “…become the world’s most common place where people meet, share, learn, and organize around beer!”  It will be a national club, complete with membership cards and magazine subscriptions.

Membership is only $35 per year and the membership benefits, should you choose to take advantage (and you should), can save you more than the membership fee in discounts on brewery apparel, dining, homebrew equipment, event tickets, other club memberships, beer tours, and more.  There will be members-only events and brewery tours, and even a concierge service you can employ as a member when you travel to arrange for VIP treatment at some of the club’s global partners!

The Beer Connoisseur® Global Network of Partners includes Allagash Brewing Company (ME), Red Brick Brewing Co (GA), Breckenridge Brewery (CO), Asheville Brewery Tours, and many others.

So why not?

Right now the club is trying to raise the initial funds to cover “…the fulfillment of the member’s magazine issues and membership cards, and to support the club staff and start-up costs for live events around the country.”  There currently is a Kickstarter project to do just that, and you can help by backing the project.  Here’s what you can get by

Pledging $1 or more:

They’ll raise a glass to you and nod their heads as a “Thank You!”

Pledging $35 or more (Founding Member):

You’ll become a founding member and receive a one-year membership in The Beer Connoisseur Club, 12 months of FULL ACCESS to the new BeerConnoisseur.com, including Beer School!  You’ll get special recognition in the Fall 2015 edition of the magazine – your name will be printed (you can opt out of this)!

Pledging $60 or more (Founding Connoisseur):

Same as the $35 level, but doubled!  Two years of membership and magazine subscriptions, plus the founding member perks!

$100 or more (Founding Sponsor):

Five-year magazine subscription and membership!

$315 (Group Level):

Ten one-year magazine subscriptions and Website access, membership cards for everyone, and lots of street cred for giving the gift of membership to at least nine people!

Right now (June 24, 2015), there are 166 backers who have pledged a total of $10,594 toward the goal of $35,000.  So c’mon – let’s see more card-carrying card carriers!

Read more about the club and the Kickstarter project here.

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