Subject: Shippping beer
Date: 1989-07-26 13:00:00 GMT
Alex Stein sez -
> I'd like to mail some homebrew to a friend across the country.
> Are there any legal issues I need to be aware of? Any practical
> hints about packaging homebrew (e.g., types of packing material,
Technically, it is illegal to mail or otherwise ship beer (or any other
alcoholic beverage) across state lines. Exceptions are for research
purposes or organized competitions. Your friend IS a research lab, isn't
Practically, I've had no problems sending beer to competitions via UPS.
Just mark the box "Non-perishable food", and hope the clerk doesn't get too
nosy. I pack the beer in wine cartons. I wrap each bottle in newspaper,
and then put each 12 oz. bottle in the carton with styrofoam peanuts above,
around, and on top of the bottle. I send beer second-day air. I shudder to
think what happens to beer going cross country in a 130 degree truck.
> What about taking homebrew on an airplane? Do I need to worry
> about the increased pressure? Does carry-on vs. checked luggage
I send beer second-day air. The reduced pressure in flight hasn't caused
explosions. I've put beer in checked luggage with no problems. I would
hesitate to take homebrew as carry-on. How can the security people be sure
your unlabelled, hand-capped bottle doesn't contain gasoline or some other
explosove fluid? Commercial beer is less of a problem. Even still, I always
get to the airport early just in case I have to drink my carry-on luggage!
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