Save money on beer from the likes of Brewdog, Beer52 and more.
Craft beer is no longer something you have to hunt around or pay over the odds for (though you easily can). Most supermarkets will stock some decent beers that are actually drinkable and there are subscription clubs and specialist beer shops that are worth checking out too.
I’ve shared how to I get my craft beer in my How to get cheap craft beer article, but this page is dedicated to special offers, sales and vouches which will help you get already cheaper beers for less, or make rarer and more expensive small-batch beers more affordable.
There is a £6.95 delivery charge so you need to buy enough to make it worthwhile, though it’s free if you order a certain amount (roughly 48 cans).
Personally, I’d avoid the staples such as Punk and Elvis Juice as they’re often cheaper in the supermarkets, but it’s a good place to pick up one-offs.
Brewdog loyalty scheme: Free beers
Brewdog has launched Planet Brewdog, a loyalty scheme where you can get rewarded with free beer after certain orders.
- Free 4 pack of any Headliner beer on your next order (min £30 spend)
- Free 4 pack of Punk IPA on next order (min £30 spend) after two orders
- 10% discount for a week if you order four different core beers
You need to sign up to the scheme and you can find it if you click “my account” on the Brewdog website. You’ll need to activate it to qualify for the first offer, and complete other tasks or make further purchases for other savings.
Brewdog Beer Club: 8 beers for £1.95
Brewdog’s new beer club ‘Brewdog & Friends’ is launched in April with 8 beers delivered each month. You can get the first month free as an introductory offer. You do however need to pay £3.95 postage.
If you want to cancel after the first box then do this before the start of the next month when you’ll be charged for a new box. Fail to do this and you’ll pay £19.95 plus £3.95 for the next box of eight.
And if you go via TopCashback you can currently get £2 cashback, making that first box just £1.95. Not used TopCashback before? Get a £10 welcome bonus here.
Brewdog: Up to 12% cashback
First-time users of the Brewdog online shop can get around 12% cashback on orders via Quidco or TopCashback. Returning customers will get around 4.5%.
Plus if you’ve never used either cashback site before you can get an extra new member bonus of up to £17.
Brewdog: 10% off first orders
There are often codes to save on your first order at Brewdog. The latest I’ve seen is WELCOME10 though I don’t know if this still works (let me know in the comments if you use it!).
I really like Honest Brew’s selection, including my fave brewery’s Kernel and Cloudwater. There is a £5.95 delivery charge for orders under £50.
Honest Brew: £10 off your first order
Sign up to Honest Brew via this referral link and you’ll get £10 off your first order. Minimum spend £35.
Honest Brew: Membership discount
If you become an Honest Brew member you’ll get up to 15% off beers, £5 credit after your first order and express delivery.
It’s free to join, but from the second month onwards you do need to put £10 into the beer bank each month (though you can pause this). That money can then be spent on beers.
Personally I’d be careful about having too much in there as it’s not protected if the website goes bust.
Beer52 is a monthly subscription box full of beers and there are always deals out there to save on your first box. Alternatively you can also buy individual beer as you please via an online beer shop.
Also, from time to time Beer52 also offer heavily discounted boxes of beers that are close to or just past the best before date. They’re still good to drink, and I once picked up a fantastic Stone Brewery box with 8 beers for about £12. I’ll add any of these deals I spot below.
Beer52: £5 or £10 off the beer shop
You can use the following codes to get discounts on your beer shop order at Beer52. For £5 off a £25 spend use code BEER52AFFIVE and for £10 off a £35 spend use the code BEER52AFTEN.
Beer52: Free delivery on beer shop purchases
You can choose instead to just get free delivery from the Beer 52 beer shop with the code AFBEERDELIVERY.
Beer52: Free beer box trial (pay £5.95 postage)
If you’ve never used Beer52’s monthly subscription box before then you should be able to get a free box of 8 beers for just the cost of postage (£5.95).
If you don’t want to keep getting beers in subsequent months, which will be charged at the full price, you’ll need to cancel. You can choose to take holidays if you’d rather where you miss the odd month.
Beer Hawk deals
Another decent online craft beer shop, based near me in Yorkshire. True fact: I nearly bought the house of the guy who founded it!
There are often bundle deals and flash sales.
Beerhawk: 10% off first orders
I’m not sure this is still valid but it’s worth a try. Sign up to the Beer Hawk newsletter and you’ll get 10% off your first order.
Other beer shops
Cloudwater: £3 in Tesco
My favourite craft beer is made by Manchester brewery Cloudwater – and it’s not cheap, with cans generally £5 or £6. But you can now get four different IPAs from them in Tesco stores, costing either £3 or £3.50. This is alongside the collaboration with Brewdog costing £3.
Goose Island: 10% off
You can now buy Goose Island beers direct from the brewery. Sign up to the newsletter to get 10% off your first order and news of future offers
Green Bottle Shop: 15% off your first order
I’ve blagged an exclusive code for you to save money. Use CLEVER15 at checkout to save 15% off your first order.
Green Bottle Shop is a new online craft beer business set up to take excess stock from breweries and sell it at a discount and prevent it going to waste. Apparently it’s not uncommon for them to overproduce certain beers and sometimes this surplus pints are thrown away.
The beer should have a decent amount of time left before the Best Before Date, which I’ve been told will soon be added to the descriptions of the beers on the website.
When I looked there were decent discounts of up to 41% on beers from Thornbridge, Salt, Wild Card and London Beer Factory. The ones I checked listed at lower prices than direct with the breweries.
Free delivery is on order over £35 (increasing soon to £40), otherwise pay £4.99
Flavourly: £5 off your first order
Flavourly is another site which offers a subscription or a bottle shop. I’ve not used it myself but they seem to have decent beers listed.
Use the referral code ANDREWFKQ at the checkout the first time you use Flavourly to save £5. You’ll be able to get your own referral code to share with friends too.
Beerwulf: £5 off first orders
I’ve not used Beerwulf, but it stocks beers from the likes of Brewdog, ForePure, Magic Rock and Beavertown.
If you order 16 beers you’ll be eligible for free delivery as this makes up a full box.
I’m not sure if this offer is still running, but it’s worth trying if you are going to use Beerwulf. Sign up to its newsletter and you’ll get £5 off your next order.
BBNo: 12 beers for under £30
Groupon is offering 50% off Brew By Numbers’s “Brewer Selection” pack. You get 12 beers for £24 rather than £48, though there’s a £5.99 delivery charge on top.
Plus, as always with Groupon, there are often voucher codes bringing the cost down further. This is a “local” deal so you’ll need one that covers these.