This past November, beer aficionados Rob Banzhaf and Marc Atnipp started the Texas Craft Beer Club. Atnipp says the idea for the Woodlands-based company was inspired by his visits to Texas craft breweries. “There have always been beer drinkers, but for these little companies to start in a garage and within a few years build a loyal following is an amazing feat," he said.
Once a month, Texas Craft Beer Club ships 12 bottles to customers, showcasing two beers each from two different breweries. This past month, the shipment featured Infamous Brewing Company in Austin and Four Corners Brewing in Dallas. “We realize not everyone is going to travel across the state to visit a brewery,” said Atnipp, “so we do our best to try and bring it to them.”
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They’ve also started a podcast called “Life By The Gulp” in which they discuss the month’s offerings and talk with the brewers.
Banzhaf and Atnipp are also redirecting $1 to $2 for every box sold to a worthy cause, the Will Herndon Fund for Juvenile Batten Disease Research. Batten disease is a rare, genetic, neurodegenerative disorder that attacks vision, cognitive skills, memory and speech. Victims ultimately become incapacitated and die prematurely, usually in their teens or early twenties.
A three-month membership for 12 beers a month (a total of 36 beers) costs $150, and a six-month membership (72 beers total) is $300. People who sign up for the six-month membership get a branded Texas Craft Beer Club T-shirt, bottle opener and pint glass at no extra cost. Three-month members get the bottle opener and a koozie, or can pay an extra $25 to get the T-shirt and pint glass instead of the koozie. Check out all three membership levels at the Texas Craft Beer Club website.