Everyone wants to feel included. In the beer community, memberships are a great way to grow your connection with your favorite suds factory and feel included in its development.
Many craft breweries and beer stores offer some kind of membership option, whether it’s a simple rewards payback or a growler subscription, and these memberships often come with additional perks like free beer and exclusive members-only events. Here’s how some of Chicago’s finest beer-makers reward their customers’ loyalty and build a fan base.
Join the Revolution (rewards program)! For every 300 points earned, aka dollars spent, at the brewpub, Kedzie Avenue taproom, or online store, you’ll receive a $20 credit. Plus, you’ll get a free beer on your birthday and a 5-ounce pour of its new releases on Wednesdays.
Solemn Oath – The Old Order 2020
This Naperville brewery’s membership program entitles its participants to 16 exclusive beers to be released on six dates throughout the year. For $225, you’ll get some of the brewery’s most creative and fussed-over beers available only to members of the Old Order.
These guys built out their brewery based on the concept of the Community Supported Brewery (CSB) membership. Basically, participants can sign up for six- or 12-month memberships and receive one or two growler fills a month. Also, members get a 20 percent discount on merchandise and additional beer purchases, access to members-only events, and that special feeling that they’re helping keep the gears spinning on the Begyle machine.
Half Acre – Keg Club
How cool would it be to tell people you’re in Half Acre’s Keg Club? Not only would it demonstrate that you’re a big fan of these Chicago brewing legends, but you’d also get to reserve sixtels of their speciality beers and get a Keg Club punch card, an official Half Acre tap handle, and a rad members-only Keg Club T-shirt. All for $150, and only $100 to renew.
Noon Whistle – Continuum Club
Noon Whistle’s Continuum Club offers you beer—growlers upon growlers of beer! Plus, discounts on merch and a draft beer on your birthday. Sign up as an elite member and it will reserve a bottle of its barrel-aged releases for you, and you’ll get an invitation to a members-only elite party. Sounds swanky, right?
Sketchbook – CSB
Evanston’s Sketchbook has also nurtured its fan base with the Community Supported Brewery membership. Slide into its intimate taproom for prepaid monthly growler fills and merch discounts; plus, get invitatations to its exclusive in-brewery parties.
Une Annee – Le Grand Monde
Receive multiple beer releases throughout the year with this annual membership, including several sour beers and Le Grand Monde, Une Annee’s barrel-aged wild ale. Plus, the brewery will be moving into a much larger space in 2020, and members will get the red carpet treatment with exclusive events and VIP tours.
Want to track your points earned, see available rewards, and access info? The Beermiscuous rewards program has an app for that. Not only will you receive points for purchases at both Beermiscuous locations, but the store also reserves bottles of many of the most sought-after beers (i.e., Proprietor’s Bourbon County) for purchase by rewards members only.
The Beer Temple
The Beer Temple, a craft beer retailer in Avondale, offers two ways to worship. First, you can join the loyalty program and earn points for purchases at both the bottle shop and the taproom. Second, purchase a Beer of the Month subscription and receive a curated selection of some of the world’s most praise-worthy beers.