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bellmtbbq 10-20-2012 10:00 PM

Competition shipping question

(Note this question is totally hypothetical.)

I am debating entering my most recent brew in a competition (my first one)! My hypothetical problem is that I may only have access to USPS for one reason or another. Competitions rules outlay that shipping alcohol via USPS is illegal, but doesn't say it's against the rules.

If I were to ship bottles to a competition, using USPS, and I wasn't caught, would a competition organizer accept them or toss them out? Couldn't you just consider them yeast samples (which is legal)?


Brewskii 10-20-2012 10:18 PM

If it states in the rules "no USPS" then that's that.

Mongrel 10-20-2012 10:39 PM

The fact that they're telling you that it's illegal should give you a clue.

duboman 10-20-2012 11:18 PM

This is common in all competition, they are just warning you that it is illegal to ship via USPS but they will still accept your bottles. They just want you to know that If for some reason the bottles don't arrive or you get in trouble it's not their problem.

bellmtbbq 10-20-2012 11:21 PM

I thought it was just a warning also

jonmohno 10-20-2012 11:25 PM

I accidentally did it once. I told them it was glass and fragile. Shipped to my brother ok. If they arrive,there not going to send them back,as they are safe and sound. It is a law though. Im not shure if they are that anal about not accepting it. I would make a run to the nearest ups or fed x if possible.

bellmtbbq 10-20-2012 11:34 PM

Would it be smart to not put a return address on it and include my address for the organizer inside? I'd probably just buy a flat rate box so I could do it anonymously and quick.

jonmohno 10-20-2012 11:45 PM

I think unless you drop it off,they will ask for it.They are nosey too kind of, they kind of ask what it is,at least fed x did, usps asks if there is anything potently dangerous or flammable or something like that.

Phunhog 10-20-2012 11:51 PM

I wouldn't worry about it....I am sure alcohol(homebrew and other) gets shipped all the time via USPS. Worse case scenario is that it breaks in transit and makes a mess. They aren't going to come afte you....especially since it is unmarked bottles. How do they know it's alcoholic beer and not non-alcoholic beer? Like someone else said you could always not put a return address on it but I wouldn't worry.

Brewskii 10-20-2012 11:52 PM

I've successfully sent via USPS several times but I would never do it for a comp. I don't know how event people are about it, but if I were an event coordinator I would be fearful of promoting illegal activities and getting fined for it. Additionally, as an entrant I would fear DQ for not following the rules but that's just me. I think they would be well within their rights to do so.

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