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Old 09-19-2008, 12:48 AM   #1
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I'm going to have three batches of beer and a batch of holiday cider ready this Christmas. I live in Tennessee, and my Dad, his wife, and my inlaws all live in New Mexico. I'm flying out there to visit for Christmas, my brother and his wife will be there too, and they're all anxious to sample my creations.

Now I hear it's damn near impossible to get beer across state lines short of driving it yourself! UPS, FedEx and USPS won't ship it, and airlines won't let you check it! It seems like the only way to ship beer is illegal, and it's to not say what's in the package and hope that nobody opens it on the way to its destination!

Can this be true? Does our government really have an interest in preventing us from sharing a legal beverage with our interstate friends and relatives without any profit whatsoever? Do I really have to commit a FEDERAL OFFENSE just so my family can taste my beer, short of flying them all here or driving across the country? This sucks royally.


 
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:52 AM   #2
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I travel extensively and bring home beer all the time in checked baggage.



YOu can ship via UPS this way too. When asked about the contents, tell them yeast samples in medium.

 
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:54 AM   #3
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Interesting. I'll call American Airlines and find out what their policy on alcohol in checked baggage is.

I read elsewhere that due to the new liquid regulations you can't check it anymore.

 
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:00 AM   #4
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The damn airline just has a computerized answering service that directed me to their website for information.

According to this: American Airlines Restricted Items Information Beer and Wine must be in their original "retail packaging". How does that work for homebrew??

 
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:11 AM   #5
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I have had no problem with Southwest or Continental.

 
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:29 AM   #6
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Tickets are already booked. I guess I'll pack and hope for the best... worst case some TSA employees will have an extra-merry christmas.

 
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:33 AM   #7
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Tickets are already booked. I guess I'll pack and hope for the best... worst case some TSA employees will have an extra-merry christmas.
Reminds of the time I came through the inspection line with 2 lbs of vacuum packed hops and 4 lbs of DME in my carry-on and SSSSS on my boarding pass. What can I say - it was a long night.

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Old 09-19-2008, 03:19 AM   #8
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I can't speak for the other airlines, but Southwest says up to 5 liters in checked baggage. When I travel up to NY to visit friends, I use my "don't need no stinkin' beer gun" to fill up 2 two liter bottles. I simply slap on a strip of wide masking tape with the name, style, OG, FG, and ABV. I haven't had an issue yet.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:05 AM   #9
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I've never had a problem checking bags with beer. I think the only problem you would run into would be to try and have them as carry on. I've never even told them I had it in my bags. just checked it and went about my business.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:11 AM   #10
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UPS and FedEx are no problem, and I have never even been asked a question other than where to. I have also flown within the past year with homebrews on Southwest and a buddy went on AA, no problems there either.
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