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Craft Beer Club

Drinks in a box are no longer relegated to children's lunchboxes. Adult-beverage subscriptions are a great way to sample new and hard-to-find products, and they also make great gifts. While wine is the most popular option, craft beer and liquor subscriptions are available as well. Here are a few of our favorite local and national clubs.

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Imbibe Wine Club
Imbibe Wine Club

What you get: The Premier Cru tier features two bottles, typically a red and a white, from a particular region. You can get a more in-depth look at a region's wines with a Grand Cru membership, which offers six bottles a month from a specific area. The mimosa fan in your life will love the opportunity to expand his or her knowledge of sparkling wine through the Bubble Club, which each month offers one bottle of grower Champagne produced in France's Champagne region on the same estate as the grapes it's made from, and one bottle of sparkling wine from elsewhere in the world that is considered high in quality as well as value. Members also receive 5 percent off bottles and 15 percent off cases throughout that month.

Who will love it: People who want to try new wines that they can continue to purchase locally.

What you pay: $29/month for Premier Cru; $99/month for Grand Cru; $69/month for Bubble Club. There's no joining fee. Members are charged on the first of every month, and can let the store know they'd like to cancel or skip the following month when they pick up their wine.

Where to get it:1616 Broad St. or imbibechattanooga.com

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Mouth craft gin, vodka, bourbon or whiskey of the month clubs
Mouth craft gin, vodka, bourbon or whiskey of the month clubs

What you get: A monthly full-size bottle of the spirit of your choice — vodka, bourbon, whiskey or gin — from a small-batch American distiller. Vodka subscribers get an infused vodka every other month in place of regular vodka.

Who will love it: People looking to stock their home bar with full-size bottles of hard-to-find small-batch spirits. You might discover a whiskey that derives its unique, sweet, rich flavor from New York wheat; an unfiltered, organic grain-to-bottle bourbon; a unique barrel-aged gin; or vodka developed by scientists in Brooklyn.

What you pay: $75/month for bourbon or whiskey; $60/month for vodka or gin. One-, three-, six- and 12-month subscriptions available, and discounts are offered for six- and 12-month options. Those who pay monthly can cancel or pause at any time.

Where to get it:mouth.com

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Craft Beer Club
Craft Beer Club

What you get: A dozen beers (four styles, three each) delivered either monthly, bimonthly or quarterly. Examples of beers in past shipments include an American amber and a chocolate oatmeal porter from Madison, Alabama's Blue Pants Brewery; and an American pale ale and a tripel from 3rd Wave Brewing Co. in Delmar, Delaware.

Who will love it: People who want access to craft beer from obscure breweries across the country that don't distribute to area stores.

What you pay: $42 per shipment

Where to get it:craftbeerclub.com, or call 1-800-200-2959

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Mashbox
Mashbox

What you get: Three handpicked bottles of small-batch spirits shipped quarterly from artisanal distillers and independent bottlers. Boxes could include whiskey, vodka, gin, tequila or liqueurs. Each box is a learning experience, including information about the distillers along with detailed tasting notes. Should you happen to take a liking to any of those hard-to-find varieties, don't fret: The company offers subscribers a discount on full-size bottles from its online marketplace.

Who will love it: People who are adventurous with their spirits, looking to expand their palate and who want access to obscure small-batch varieties.

What it costs: $99 for a yearlong sampler subscription (four shipments)

Where to get it: mashandgrape.com

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Winc
Winc

What you get: Answer six questions about your preferences — such as "How do you like your coffee?" — and Winc will use your responses to select four bottles of wine tailored to your tastes to be delivered to you each month. The experience gets better over time as you rate the wines you receive and the club adjusts your selections accordingly.

Who will love it: Anyone who loves wine, especially those who aren't sure what they like and want to experiment.

What it costs: Prices start at $13/bottle

Where to get it: winc.com

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Bitters+Bottles Cocktail Box
Bitters+Bottles Cocktail Box

What you get: Four to six full-size bottles of cocktail ingredients, including spirits, along with five classic cocktail formulas and 10 cocktail recipes. Similar to food subscription boxes, this club makes mixing cocktails easy by gathering everything you need together and delivering it to your door each month. Plus, you'll never receive the same bottle twice.

Who will love it: People who want to make delicious, bar-quality cocktails at home and stock their home bar.

What it costs: $79/box, plus $9.99 for shipping, with one-, three-, six- and 12-month subscriptions available

Where to get it: cocktailboxdelivered.com

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