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.

2019-2020 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 2019-2020 “Year Three” membership period will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Due to the nature of the beers being offered, we cannot predict the offering date for the first round of beers.  

The 2019-2020 membership is $100.00 and includes the following:

  • Two (2) Afterthought membership glasses (to be provided at the end of the period around the member party).
  • One (1) Afterthought membership shirt (to be provided at the end of the period around the member party).
  • 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 $10-15 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.


Please note that while members are our first priority for the bottles that will be offered, we do intend to sometimes 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 possibly make appearances at festivals, competitions, and similar events.  Finally, to the extent that there are leftover bottles after the member sale, those bottles will 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 the pickup window (7-10 days) 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 and are a new member, in addition to paying the PayPal invoice, please also email providing your full name, address, age (simply confirming 21+ is acceptable), and shirt size.  If you a renewing member, please only email this information if it has changed from 2018-2019. If you will be using a trustee, please provide your trustee’s full name, address, and age (simply confirming 21+ is acceptable).  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. 

If you are a new member or an existing member not in the group, please also let me know if you would like to be added to the private Blended Barrel Facebook group. 


Mike & Amy

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 2019-2020 (or as extended to match the promised volume).  2019-2020 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.