I've started a group at my work, where most of the members are/were very novice in craft beers but enthusiastic about trying different beers (myself included). The way it works is we have about 13 to 14 members, each member contributes $10 at the beginning of a "session". Each week, a person is the purchaser and goes out and buys 18 beers (of the same beer), for which they are refunded. Each member is given 1 beer and the rest are sold off for their unit price to those who want an extra one (when more members want the extras than we have, a lottery is done to see who gets to purchase). This extra money goes back into the general fund. At work we have to keep this all on the DL, so when distribution is occurring we keep it all in brown lunch bags. Then, everyone takes their beer home and drinks it at their leisure. We have a website set up where members can submit their reviews (the scoring is modeled after BA's scoring). The "session" lasts about 7 weeks/beers. At the point when the general fund is depleted, it's renewal time and if you want to get in for the next "session" you throw in your $10. As a rule we discourage beers that are produced by InBev or MillerCoors, not so much an anti-capitalist thing, but a pro-craft thing. There has been some beers that we have purchased which were unknowingly owned by them but only once or twice (leffe, pilsner urquell). Also, we encourage exploration both geographically (finding beers from different countries) and stylistically (trying beers from the various 104 categories, according to BeerAdvocate). We're on our 20th beer and it's been a lot of fun. As I've said before, most of us are novice but I think our tastes are quickly maturing.