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From: (Tom Quinn 5-4291)
Subject: The Professor on shipping beer
Date: 1992-03-10 19:33:44 GMT

The Spring issue of Zymurgy showed up at my house yesterday. Besides
having lots of info about the June AHA conference here in Milwaukee,
there was a letter to the Professor (Surfeit?) in which the writer asked
about shipping beer. The following is an excerpt copied without permission
from pages 55-56 of the Spring 1991 Zymurgy:

Writer: ...(1) I recently mailed some samples of beer and mead to a friend.
They never got there. As it turns out, the Mailing
Requirements Office got it (because of damage), inspected it
and decided that the contents contained "beer containing 0.5
percent or more alchohol content by weight as defined in
Chapter 51 of the Internal Revenue Code." Well, I knew it
had to be over 0.5 percent, but I didn't know that anything
over 0.5 percent by weight was "NONMAILABLE" (their caps).
It turns out that neither UPS nor any of the other carriers
I've called will take it either. So how _does_ one ship
homemade beer, mead, etc.?

The Professor: Well, actually, beer is mailable with carriers if it is for
analytical purposes, or if it is intrastate. I know New
York and California, for example, have been able to mail
order wine and mead, but there are some minor regulations.
Doing it interstate is technically not allowed if not for
analytical purposes. How are you going to ship your brews
to a friend? I don't know how you'll do it and frankly I
don't need to be told as long as your friend eventually has
the pleasure of enjoying your beer. Shhhh.
[end of excerpt]

So I guess they aren't able to offer any practical advice on getting
entries to the regional judgings - I suspect they must be very careful
about suggesting ways around the regulations. Think I could convince a UPS
counter guy that I'm sending this box to Goose Island Brewery for
analytical purposes?


Tom Quinn
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