Mail Beer in the US?
by Brad Trahan
(Rochester, MN USA)
The USPS is one way to ship beer. There are better alternatives...
Can you mail beer in the US?
I have a friend that likes Mich Golden Lite and moved out to Washington where they do not carry it and I wanted to mail him a case or two?
While it's not technically legal to ship liquids, there are plenty of people who buy beer online, plus the Beer of the Month club which manages to ship it without being slapped down by the Feds, so you can certainly send beer with a carrier. The USPS is not your best bet though.
Open an Internet account with FedEx or UPS and print your own documentation. Wrap bottles in bubblewrap, add a bag around each in case of leaks in transit, then line a sturdy box with padding. Keep the bottles from touching each other with more padding or packing peanuts.
Just drop off the box with your documentation all in order and you're good to go. Usually counter staff are way too busy to care much about what it is you're sending.
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