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Old 03-20-2006, 01:31 PM   #1
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Hello, I'd like to send my friend in South Carolina some homebrews I've made recently. I live in New York...
1) Does anyone know if I can legally do this?
2) What precautions should I take to this?\
3) Are there "beer friendly" shippers out there?

Thanks for any tips, hints, or info..

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Old 03-20-2006, 01:42 PM   #2
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Ship via UPS, and mark the packages as "glassware", or "live yeast samples - for analysis only".

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Or, like a friend of mine who kept a batch too long in primary: "Dead yeast samples -- for autolysis only!"

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Old 03-20-2006, 03:17 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by adegiulio
Hello, I'd like to send my friend in South Carolina some homebrews I've made recently. I live in New York...
1) Does anyone know if I can legally do this?
2) What precautions should I take to this?\
3) Are there "beer friendly" shippers out there?
Keeping it simple, yes for the most part it is illegal to ship alcohol. There is a work around for this. I have shipped both UPS and USPS for several years without any issues. I have always marked my packages as "Yeast samples suspended in solution" This tends to fly right over any USPS worker, and UPS could care less what is in the box

Be your own beer friendly shipper.
I would highly recommend packing the bottles yourself. Get some bubble wrap, clear packing tape and plain brown box. Bubble wrap the bottles real good, and secure with the packing tape.

You should be able to fit about 8-10 22 oz. bottles in the box. Don't overpack with bottles. The last thing you want is the shipping company calling your buddy to come get a box off their loading dock because they are refusing to handle a box leaking a mysterious liquid.

It should cost between 20.00-30.00 to ship it via ground. Ship it on a Monday so it arrives before the weekend.

I would also contact your friend and let him know the tracking details of the package as well as contents " Yeast samples" and not beer cause it's illegal to ship alcohol.
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:24 PM   #5
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i don't think it is legal, but to make sure, send me some before your friend. If I get ehm okay, it will be fine to send some to your friend.
















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Old 03-20-2006, 04:09 PM   #6
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yeah, it's not illegal to ship alcohol. It's illegal in most jurisdictions to sell alcohol without a license, but as long as you aren't receiving money for the shipment, you should be good.

Probably the better question is what is needed to get UPS, etc. to actually send it, or if they care. I'd probably go with the live yeast samples thing.

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yeah, it's not illegal to ship alcohol. It's illegal in most jurisdictions to sell alcohol without a license, but as long as you aren't receiving money for the shipment, you should be good.

Probably the better question is what is needed to get UPS, etc. to actually send it, or if they care. I'd probably go with the live yeast samples thing.
Not illegal? I'm not sure on that. Against most shipper's rules? I'm pretty sure on that one. I've never checked FedEx on this, but I do know both UPS and the USPS will both refuse shipping packages if they KNOW they contain beer.
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You betcha...Illegal!!!

Even shipping our wine and liquor "collection" from overseas you have to go through a distributor.

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Shipping wine and beer is not illegal since 2005 when the Supreme Court held that there are limits to the states' ability to regulate the distribution of alcohol.

See http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2...df/03-1116.pdf

for the opinion. Various states might still be violating the court's ruling, but if you get in any trouble for shipping alcohol (e.g. fine, etc.) you can probably sue your state over it.

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So when they ask you if your product is liquid, explosive, etc. what do you say? If you say it's a liquid, do you stick with the yeast samples story? Is it worth it to write "This end up"?

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