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beekind
12-17-2010, 12:48 AM
How does everyone 'send' mead to each other? I've come across references to this in the brewlog and when people are shipping meads to competitions.

I thought shipping alcohol was illegal unless one had a license to do so. Is everyone just trying to fly under the radar, or am I totally off base, here?

YogiBearMead726
12-17-2010, 12:54 AM
How does everyone 'send' mead to each other? I've come across references to this in the brewlog and when people are shipping meads to competitions.

I thought shipping alcohol was illegal unless one had a license to do so. Is everyone just trying to fly under the radar, or am I totally off base, here?

You're basically right. But, private companies (ie UPS, FedEx, and DHL) are all pretty lax in comparison to the USPS. It's basically up to them if you disclose that it's alcohol whether to ship it. I know some people use markings like "Yeast sample" or something of the like with success. Personally, I just make friends with the person behind the counter, tell them it's olive oil or vinegar, and away it goes. At worst, they open and drink it. But I haven't had a problem sending it unmarked with the private companies.

Hope this helps. :)

beekind
12-17-2010, 01:14 AM
Thanks, for your advice.

"Yeast sample"...very good advice. ;D

Has anyone here been busted?

phreebyrd
12-17-2010, 01:41 AM
man i know TABC is watching this thread SPIES EVERYWHERE!!!!!:eek::glasses7::bootyshake:.... no really what about those boxes that "if it fits it ships" can we do that?

YogiBearMead726
12-17-2010, 01:47 AM
man i know TABC is watching this thread SPIES EVERYWHERE!!!!!:eek::glasses7::bootyshake:.... no really what about those boxes that "if it fits it ships" can we do that?

I'm pretty sure that's the US Postal Service. So, no. They have a zero tolerance policy, and more than likely will drink your mead. If not that, they'll toss it. It may be pricey, but if you want to send alcohol, it's gonna have to be with one of the private companies, not a government agency. You can try declaring it as "cooking wine", but I don't know how hard that is to do...

If you do decide to use the flat-rate boxes, it's at your own descretion...

phreebyrd
12-17-2010, 02:08 AM
nnaaaaa thats ok.....i damn sure dont trust the govment with my mead!!! i wanna send some to darth booger in san antonio but ill probably just drive up there!!

akueck
12-17-2010, 02:48 AM
Transporting homemade alcohol (i.e. to competitions) is legal in most states where homebrewing is allowed. States that allow brewing but not transporting do exist, and folks are lobbying for transport to become legal. I'm not sure if UPS/FedEx counts under "transport" explicitly, but it is sort of a don't ask don't tell kind of situation. Definitely don't give your stuff to USPS, sending alcohol with them is illegal no matter who made it or if you have a license.

If you want to be totally above board, you can find a local distributor and ask them to ship it for you (e.g. a winery). Presumably most of them will say no, but you don't know until you ask.

phreebyrd
12-19-2010, 01:37 AM
Transporting homemade alcohol (i.e. to competitions) is legal in most states where homebrewing is allowed. States that allow brewing but not transporting do exist, and folks are lobbying for transport to become legal. I'm not sure if UPS/FedEx counts under "transport" explicitly, but it is sort of a don't ask don't tell kind of situation. Definitely don't give your stuff to USPS, sending alcohol with them is illegal no matter who made it or if you have a license.

If you want to be totally above board, you can find a local distributor and ask them to ship it for you (e.g. a winery). Presumably most of them will say no, but you don't know until you ask.

well if i cant mail it an i cant drive the only other option is to have scotty beam it over ;D