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Old 06-09-2008, 02:26 PM   #1
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Default Transporting Homebrew Across State Lines?

I will be moving from Orlando to Pittsburgh this weekend. I have about seven cases of beer that I need to transport. Obviously, I don't want to put it on the moving van so I am planning to take it up in my car with me. Does anyone know if there is any issues with transporting it across state lines?

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:47 PM   #2
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USUALLY the limits on transporting beer/spirits is directly linked to tax issues. Some states have lower taxes than others so to keep you from skirting higher taxes in one state by buying large amounts in another they impose limits on what you can bring in from another state. Just be mindful of what your doing but I wouldn't be too concerned. Just drive safely and close to the speed limits and you should be fine.

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:50 PM   #3
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I have been trying to do some Google research on the subject and it looks like this could be considered bootlegging since it is homebrew and not commercial. Anyone confirm or deny this?

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Ron, you could sweat this all day long and I'd almost guarantee if you start looking at the laws for the various states you will travel through you will end up being confused beyond belief.

You are going to have to make the call of whether or not you want to move your beer. Seriously I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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simple solution, have a big party and leave all your friends with a good taste in their mouth.

Otherwise, I wouldn't hesitate twice about driving across state lines with homebrew.

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Old 06-09-2008, 06:41 PM   #6
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simple solution, have a big party and leave all your friends with a good taste in their mouth.

Otherwise, I wouldn't hesitate twice about driving across state lines with homebrew.
I considered this but I bottled two of the batches yesterday and the last one will be bottled on Wednesday so it's not quite ready. Oh well, more for me!

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I took homebrew to Mexico.

Of course, I didn't declare it, the TSA didn't randomly examine my bag, and I had the bottles wrapped up really nice in socks.

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I took homebrew to Mexico.

Of course, I didn't declare it, the TSA didn't randomly examine my bag, and I had the bottles wrapped up really nice in socks.
Lucky you! A prison in Mexico is not a place where I would ever want to be!!!
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I start my new job on Monday so calling my new boss to tell him I was arrested for trying to transport my homebrew probably isn't going to go over too well.

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Why don't you just call the police/state trooper hotline for the states you are passing through and ask.

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