Well, what a July it's been so far... I hope you all managed to enjoy the heatwave before the lightning storms hit! In keeping with the extremes of weather, this month's Beer Club includes a beer which we think is a fitting juxtaposition of dark and light - yes, it's BrewDog Libertine Black! Whether you fancy some sharp, fruity hops or chewy dark malts, Libertine ticks all the boxes with pine, citrus and blackcurrant notes contrasting with intense plain chocolate and roasty bitterness.

Headlining July's Beer Club is Caldera Brewing Company from Oregon. Meaning 'cauldron' or 'cooking pot', the brewery is named after the Newberry Caldera, a deep cauldron-like dip in the local landscape caused by the Newberry Volcano. In 2005, Caldera became the first West Coast brewery to brew and can their own beer; how's that for ahead of the curve? Both Normal and Strong subscribers will get their hands on Ashland Amber, a well-balanced amber ale full of the aromatic citrus and pine notes

Well, what a July it's been so far... I hope you all managed to enjoy the heatwave before the lightning storms hit! In keeping with the extremes of weather, this month's Beer Club includes a beer which we think is a fitting juxtaposition of dark and light - yes, it's BrewDog Libertine Black! Whether you fancy some sharp, fruity hops or chewy dark malts, Libertine ticks all the boxes with pine, citrus and blackcurrant notes contrasting with intense plain chocolate and roasty bitterness.

Headlining July's Beer Club is Caldera Brewing Company from Oregon. Meaning 'cauldron' or 'cooking pot', the brewery is named after the Newberry Caldera, a deep cauldron-like dip in the local landscape caused by the Newberry Volcano. In 2005, Caldera became the first West Coast brewery to brew and can their own beer; how's that for ahead of the curve? Both Normal and Strong subscribers will get their hands on Ashland Amber, a well-balanced amber ale full of the aromatic citrus and pine notes of Centennial and Cascade hops, and Pilot Rock Porter, smooth with milk chocolate, roasted coffee bitterness and caramel - that is, unless you prefer your Normal selection Light, in which case we've picked out their full-bodied IPA for you in place of the Porter.

Keeping with the West Coast vibe, members of the Beer Club: Strong are also getting beer from Headlands Brewing Company in San Francisco. Their attitude to beer is summed up in a statement on their website: "Our beer comes in 16 ounce cans, because if you make great beer, you might as well have more of it rather than less of it." We'll drink to that! The brewers have a deep connection to the Marin Headlands, actively getting involved with trail maintenance and restoration, and their beer names often reference points of interest in the local area. In the Strong case you'll find Hill 88, an aggressively-hopped double IPA named after the former Nike Missile launch pad in the Headlands, and Groupe G, a Belgian rye IPA named for a Belgian resistance group who fought the Nazis in WWII.

Flor De La Vida and Hoptimista from Edge Brewing in Barcelona are also included in both the Normal and Strong cases this month. This American-run brewery is going from strength to strength, opening their doors to the public in popular Friday night taproom events and teaming up with breweries from all over the world to brew collaborations; it's no surprise that in 2014 RateBeer named Edge Brewing Top New Brewer In The World. We love Edge (especially Hoptimista!) and we think you will too.

That's it for the sneak preview of July's Beer Club - we hope you enjoy drinking the beers as much as we enjoyed choosing them. Until next time, cheers!

- Rowan