Batch Austin is a regional subscription box that delivers the very best that Austin has to offer. What started as one exclusive “Batch” (Batch Nashville) has expanded to batches featuring Memphis, Charleston, Austin, and soon Atlanta. Each different Batch includes handcrafted goods from a variety of local artisans and chefs. From regional honey, to homemade chocolates and everything in between — each Batch has a little something for everyone.
Batch Austin is $34.99/month, or you can purchase a seasonal 3-month sub for $99. Annual and gift subscriptions are also available. Shipping is always free.
April’s Batch Austin is the first in their special 6-month “Tour of Texas” series that includes Batches from 6 different Lone Star cities. You can purchase a single city ($40 each) or the spring for the whole tour ($200).
So let’s see what’s in April’s Batch Austin box!
I kinda forgot to take a photo of the box itself, but here’s a look inside. (It’s just a big ol’ brown box… you didn’t miss much. 😉 ) The sticker says “Good things come in all Batches”. Cute!
April’s theme is “On the Veranda” and features “all the fixins for a great get together”.
The info card lists all of the items included, as well as a little background on the companies that produced them.
Jaime’s Spanish Village Hot Red Salsa ($4.39) – The recipe for this salsa has been the same since 1931. It was first made by the Tames family to serve in their little Tex-Mex restaurant — Jaime’s Spanish Village — located near the Texas State Capital. The restaurant closed its doors in 2010, but the family still sells this homemade salsa for all to enjoy. I’ll definitely make it a point to pick up some tortilla chips soon to try this out!
Liber & Co. Texas Grapefruit Shrub ($8) – I had no idea what a “shrub” was until I received this… well, besides a bush. From what I’ve read, a shrub can be used in the same way as orange juice to add a tarty, sweet flavor to your alcoholic beverage of choice. This bottle has enough shrubbage (ha) to make 10-17 cocktails. I don’t drink very often, but I do love anything grapefruit flavored so I’ll have to give this a try.
Great Bean Chocolate ($4) – Two mini chocolate bars were included: “Bliss” Vanilla & Nibs and “Love” Figs & Cinnamon. Great Bean produces handcrafted chocolate bars that feature beneficial ingredients to “boost your health and uplift your mood”. All of their bars are free of GMO’s, preservatives, soy, and gluten. The flavors that I received also appear to be vegan. Woo!
Yellowbird 100% Natural Habanero Sauce ($5) – We actually just ran out of hot sauce, so this came at the perfect time. Yellowbird sauces are made using 100% natural ingredients, without adding any artificial flavors or preservatives. It’s both vegan and gluten-free. This will be great for slathering onto some meatless “chicken” fingers. Mmm!
Batch Austin did a nice job highlighting some of Austin’s smaller businesses. Everything ended up being vegan-friendly, which was obviously a great plus for me. However, value-wise, it kinda fell off the mark. The total retail cost of the items comes to $21.39, which is considerably less than the monthly price of the subscription. I was pretty bummed when I added it all up because the items themselves were great and I kind of expected them to be pricier. Ah well. It’s still a fun box if you like to try out small batch, regional goods (and don’t mind paying a bit more for it!).Browse more Regional Boxes in my Subscription Box Directory
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.