If you’re a craft beer lover but have exhausted the options in your local area, you need to look further afield. There are so many beers to try, brewed differently across the world – and thanks to the internet, you can sample them from your own home.
We’ve rounded up some of the best sites online to order interesting and unique beers from, so you can find something to refresh your taste buds.
Tips for Buying Beer Online
- First tip: in the United States you must be 21 years of age or more. Many companies will require you to verify that you are older than 21 to access their website; and the delivery person will ask to see some ID when they bring your package.
- Before you buy, be sure to look to see if there are any shipping restrictions. Some companies only ship to certain locations within the US. There are likely some restrictions no matter where you purchase from, so just check to make sure your state is on their approved list.
- You also want to watch for shipping rates. Beer is liquid and therefore heavy, so the rate to ship can sometimes be too outrageous to justify such a small haul. It could be more cost-efficient to buy in bulk or simply look for a new site.
- Always compare prices, just like you would at a store. Different companies can offer different prices for the same product, so don’t be afraid to browse around and look for a sweet deal. You should compare other things as well: similar brews, alcohol content, and calories in beers.
Where to Buy Beer
There are thousands of sources on the internet, including some breweries, that sell beer on the web. But which are the best? Here are just a few of the most talked-about and popular online beer sellers.
CraftShack is only five years old, but the company has made a big name for itself. When you visit CraftShack, you’ll find unique brews like the Stillwater/Aslin Recess collaboration or the Pasteur Cyclo Imperial Chocolate Stout.
You can also find some brands that are tried-and-true, like Cigar City’s Jai Alai. CraftShack is run by a small team of beer aficionados who work with bottle shops to fulfill orders. If you’re looking to buy from them, making a bulk order of varieties you want to try is recommended to save on shipping. CraftShack ships to almost every state, except UT, MN, KY, AR, AK.
Drizly is known for their super quick delivery. If you want your beer as soon as you order, this is the site for you. Drizly is basically UberEats for beer. You can buy other liquor and wines on Drizly as well, meaning you can decide for yourself on the old wine vs beer debate.
You order, and they promise to deliver your beer straight to your home in under an hour. The selection from Drizly is limited because it’s based on the liquor stores in your area, but it’s a great way to find beers near you that you weren’t aware of. The delivery time usually varies from 20 minutes to an hour. Drawback: Drizly is currently only available in 70 US cities and some parts of Canada.
Best Damn Beer Shop
The Best Damn Beer Shop is based on the West Coast in San Diego. This means two things: locals can order their favorite and strongest beers for same-day pickup, and others in the US can experience the craft beer from California. They offer some exciting selections, such as Brouwerij West’s Starfish.
While they have an interesting variety, you have to have six bottles in your cart to check out. Unfortunately, thanks to alcohol shipping laws, they can only ship to around 30 states at the moment. But, if you’re living in AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MI, MO, NC, NE, NM, NV, OH, OR, SC, TN, VA, VT, WA, WV, WI, or WY then you can enjoy the taste of what BDBS has to offer from the West Coast.
The Bottom of the Bottle
The possibilities for beer lovers are expanding as technology advances and more people come into the fold. While it’s an exciting time, always remember to drink responsibly. Happy shopping!