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Old 02-11-2010, 09:19 PM   #1
adamhimself
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So, I am going home this weekend for some Mardi Gras festivities in Galveston, TX. I located a guy on Facebook who is willing me to sell me some beer that I have long sought after (no longer brewed). I am going to have a six pack (probably 4 beers after I drink 2 in celebration ) and was wondering how I should travel with it? and even if I can travel with it?

So my questions are:

Can I legally fly with beer in my bag? Does it need to be "checked?"

How do I package the beer? I want ensure the flavor isn't tampered with and it doesn't get broken during flight or being thrown around.

They are normal size. Not the bigger bottles.

Thanks in advance.



 
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:23 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if its legal, but thought I'd chime in on the idea of mailing it... if it is a problem.



 
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:23 PM   #3
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Has to be checked (unless all bottles are less than 3 ounces each and total quantity is less than a quart).

Wrapped, padded, watertight, re-wrapped, re-padded, more watertight coatings and it should survive the trip. Maybe... baggage gorillas have their jobs because they can muscle bags around, not to be gentle

 
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:27 PM   #4
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I has to be checked. I brought back a suitcase full from Belgium this way The only clothing in the suitcase was wrapped around the bottles.

 
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:30 AM   #5
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I did the same thing with several bottles of wine. Wrap them in clothes and check the bag.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:00 AM   #6
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TSA will open the box, and you just have to hope they don't take any. I've lost cigars to them but luckily they didn't take any of the case of homebrew I flew to CA with (special birthday brew for my brother) last summer. They didn't repack it well, but it made it there...

Somebody above mentioned the 3oz. rule for carry-on. That doesn't apply to alcoholic beverages. They are strictly banned.

 
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:10 AM   #7
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Yeah, thats what I figured.

Thanks guys. I am flying within the state, so there is no transfer of alcohol between state lines or any crazy laws like that...

Hmm... one would think that bringing beer back from Belgium would mean some taxes, am I right?

 
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:22 AM   #8
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It's not much of an issue bringing beer back in checked luggage. I've brought bottles of wine back from france and rum from the caribbean.

from the TSA website:
You may take up to five liters of alcohol with alcohol content between 24% and 70% per person as checked luggage if it’s packaged in a sealable bottle or flask.

Alcoholic beverages with less than 24% alcohol content are not subject to hazardous materials regulations.

Edit: And that is for international. Domestically its a non-issue.

 
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:38 AM   #9
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Additional note: above 70% isn't allowed because it's flammable.
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:44 AM   #10
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Don't try shipping it. It's not legal, and FedEx gets real mad when it breaks and they investigate what it is.

I brought home a few Alltech Burbon Ales in my checked bag without any problem or hassle.



 
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