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Old 06-23-2011, 06:31 AM   #1
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I want to ship some homebrew to my father who lives across the country. Has anyone done this before? Is it even legal?

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Old 06-23-2011, 06:34 AM   #2
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THere are a couple legal ways to do it, if declared, yada yada.

I personally ship using USPS flat rate boxes, very well wrapped in bubble wrap and peanuts. Super firm packing. NO problems.

My business ships out thousands of gel caps filled with fertilzer(for aquarium use) every month and usps doesn't look twice. It has to look odd.... Usually have a case of them in my car and have been pulled over with them in there, hard to explain.... but I've got a card, a website and normally wear a uniform(paramedic) too, so I can get by.


If you aren't trying to ship kegs or the like, I doubt anything will ever happen.

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Old 06-23-2011, 07:23 AM   #3
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No it isn't legal to ship via USPS. Ship at your own risk, not sure what the penalties are although I doubt you would do hard time. LOL

You can ship Fedex, but you have to fill out certain forms, etc. Possibly the same with UPS although I never checked.

I'm guessing that 99.9% of home brew that is shipped is done by reckless lawbreaking criminal brewers who don't care whom they harm. Right now in some postal warehouse a postal employee is getting drunk off of some confiscated HB and then who knows what he is going to do.

I would never do such as thing!

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Old 06-24-2011, 12:34 AM   #4
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I have read on several forums that the easiest thing to declare is "glassware". Which is pretty clever, I think.

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If they even were to ask me (which they never have), I'd just tell them it's barbecue sauce. Technically, no, you are not supposed to just ship them, but it's not uncommon whatsoever.

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I've shipped yeast samples in medium before, but only by UPS since it is illegal to ship by USPS.

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I've shipped yeast samples in medium before, but only by UPS since it is illegal to ship by USPS.
One time the lady working at UPS asked "what are we shipping today?"

I replied "Zymurlogical Samples".

She paused for a moment with a look of "uh..... what?" and proceeded to not ask any more questions.
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One time the lady working at UPS asked "what are we shipping today?"

I replied "Zymurlogical Samples".

She paused for a moment with a look of "uh..... what?" and proceeded to not ask any more questions.

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Shipping beer via USPS is illegal, shipping beer via UPS and FedEx is against their terms of service.

I'm not sure what UPS and FedEx's policies are on shipping yeast suspended in liquid, however. I would read their terms of service carefully to make sure you are on the up and up.

Also, there is an excellent sticky in the DIY section on shipping beer. Check out the thread and you should find all the answers to your questions:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/tuto...ng-beer-93042/

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Old 06-24-2011, 09:25 PM   #10
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Also be careful on the state you are shipping too. For example, Tennessee has its own laws on alcohol being shipped into the state and they may keep a more stringent eye than say, good old Colorado. But, I've shipped beer via UPA and Fed Ex several times without any issue (other than one instance of bottle breakage).

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