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Old 01-28-2008, 08:42 PM   #11
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Reposted from another post of mine:

Essentially, it's not legal, but it boils down to which agency of the government you want to run afoul of and what is the liklihood of enforcement, siezure, or civil or criminal fines.
1) It is against Federal law to ship alcohol via the USPS.
2) It's against policy to ship alcohol via Fed Ex, DHL, UPS unless you are a valid shipper of alcohol. If your package breaks, they may turn your package to your state's alcohol control board or they may return it to you, or they may dispose of it, or they may re-pack it and ship it. You are at the mercy of that employee.
3) It's undoubtedly against state law (UT inparticular) to ship beer. I read on realbeer that UT's ACB has siezed likely alcohol shipments. Google it.
4) It's against the law to ship alcohol to minors.
5) It's against the law to ship alcohol to another country without using a customs approved shipper. See beertown.org for information about their world beer contest.
So don't do #1 or #4 or #5. If you do #2, make sure your package is bulletproof. Don't identify the contents as alcohol. Dont' get insurance, etc.
#3.... just move.
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:32 PM   #12
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Haha, sorry, I found that part funny.
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:50 PM   #13
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There must be some accepted way tpo send samples to AHA competitions ...

I think I read to label "Yeast samples for evaluation"

What does AHA tell contestants to do ??

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Old 01-28-2008, 11:57 PM   #14
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I've never shipped beer, I've only shipped "jars of jelly" I also box the "jelly" myself so the workers are even more clueless.

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Old 01-29-2008, 12:22 AM   #15
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I know it's not legal to ship beer via the USPS, so I don't condone that at all. I think you can argue yourself into a "gray area" with UPS/FedEx/DHL. I tend to ship beer in those fancy new aluminum bottles, most commonly found originally containing Bud Light, at least around here. That way I avoid any breakage, and leakage is only a hazard if the package is REALLY mishandled. I just package them well and usually ship via UPS. I have only been asked once about the contents of the package, and I responded, "live yeast samples."

Surely this blurs the line of morality for some, and I know there are some folks around here with very strict views on ethics (read the threads about kegs, milk crates, and soda containers). To those people, I say: don't ship your beer.

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Old 01-29-2008, 12:40 AM   #16
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[quote=Yuri_Rage]I tend to ship beer in those fancy new aluminum bottles, most commonly found originally containing Bud Light, at least around here. That way I avoid any breakage, and leakage is only a hazard if the package is REALLY mishandled. quote]

Hmmm... I haven't thought of that before. I'm guessing that they take caps pretty well then?

I may have to pick up the aluminum bottles the next time I pick up some swill for SWMBO.

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Hmmm... I haven't thought of that before. I'm guessing that they take caps pretty well then?
Yes, but you need a bench capper. They don't have the "lip" below the crown top that wing cappers grab for leverage.
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:03 AM   #18
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Yes, but you need a bench capper. They don't have the "lip" below the crown top that wing cappers grab for leverage.
Meh, there's always a catch. I'll just have to continue packing the heck out of everything, I'm not about to go out and buy a bench capper.
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I have some homebrewed beers I want to ship for evaluation and to send to family. I am stationed in Germany and can only use USPS. If I go on base and ship them illegally---my a** is grass!


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Old 12-09-2008, 04:24 AM   #20
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use PET bottles. They don't break.

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