Afterthought Blended Barrel is our membership club.  Members receive specialized clothing and glassware in addition to having the first right to purchase member beers, which will typically stay reserved for members only.  These will include smaller-batch beers and one-off experiments.

Membership in the 2017-2018 club runs through June 2018.  Membership is now CLOSED for the period running from July 2018 to June 2019.  If you are interested in joining the waiting list for next year, please contact us at

2018-2019 Blended Barrel Information:

The Afterthought Blended Barrel membership program will offer members the right to purchase smaller-batch beers that are created with our members in mind.  Members will have the initial right to purchase these beers. The 2018-2019 “Year Two” membership period will run from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.  Due to the nature of the beers being offered, we cannot predict the offering date for the first round of beers.  Since we are not willing to rush these beers in order to meet any artificial deadlines, to the extent the number of beers listed below is not offered during the initial period, the membership will run further into 2019 at no additional cost.  

The 2018-2019 membership is $100.00 and includes the following:

  • Two (2) Afterthought membership glasses.
  • One (1) Afterthought membership shirt.
  • The right to purchase at least eight (8) 500mL members-only bottles (or equivalent volume), of which at least four (4) of the 500mL (or equivalent) bottles will be a unique beer.  Prices for 500mL are expected to be $12-15 per bottle, depending on the beer.
  • A members-only party at some point during the membership period, offering pours of some of our favorite beers.  Note, however, that due to space limitations, the party will be for members only and will not accommodate trustees or guests, even if the member is unable to attend.  The event location will hopefully be The Beer Cellar but, due to space limitations, it's possible the event will be in two "sessions" each of which will have the same beers available.

Please note that while members are our first priority for the bottles that will be offered, we do intend to offer limited quantities of these beers to local bars and restaurants that support our brewery on an “on premises only” basis (whether draft or “on site” bottles).  Some of these beers will also likely make appearances at festivals, competitions, and similar events.  Finally, to the extent that there are leftover bottles after the member sale, those bottles may be sold to non-members on a “to go” basis.

Because the brewery cannot accommodate public visitation at this time, members will have two options for obtaining their purchased beer: (1) picking beers up in person at The Beer Cellar in Glen Ellyn or (2) having an identified trustee pick up beers in person at The Beer Cellar.  Neither we nor The Beer Cellar can ship beers.  When bottles are ready for sale, members will be offered the opportunity to purchase the allotted amount using an electronic system.  Once the pickup window starts, members (or their trustees) must have their beers picked up within one (1) week or will forfeit their rights to those bottles.  Because of space constraints at The Beer Cellar, there will be no exceptions to this rule.

If you wish to join, please contact providing your full name, address, age (simply confirming 21+ is acceptable), and shirt size.  If you will be using a trustee, please provide your trustee’s full name, address, and age (simply confirming 21+ is acceptable).  If you are a renewing member, it is okay to just so that the information is the same as last year.  Trustee information need not be provided at the time of signup, but must be supplied prior to when you wish to have a trustee pick up your bottles.  Upon receipt of this information, we will send a PayPal invoice to those who receive slots in the membership program.  Following receipt of payment, you will receive a message confirming your place in the 2018-2019 Blended Barrel membership program as well as an invitation to join a Facebook group for members where we will provide updates on the status of member beers, events, and other happenings.

NOTE: By joining the Blended Barrel membership program, the member certifies that he or she is at least 21 years of age.  Proof of age will be required to pick up membership bottles at The Beer Cellar.  If using a trustee, you consent to the release of your beers to the identified trustee, at which point neither Afterthought Brewing Company nor The Beer Cellar take any responsibility for the actions of that trustee in delivering the beer to the member.  No refunds will be granted due to change in circumstances, lack of trustee, or any other reason.  As detailed, this membership program is for 2018-2019 (or as extended to match the promised volume).  2018-2019 members will have the first opportunity to join subsequent memberships, but Afterthought Brewing Company makes no guarantees as to the existence or structure of future membership programs.