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Title: Mailing Beers
Post by: jpeets on October 15, 2016, 01:15:35 PM
I recently mailed some homebrews with FedEx to a friend out of state They claim the box was damaged and mailed it back the only thing that was missing was a can of  Julius from treehouse brewing A week later I received a  registered letter from FedEx saying that is illegal to send beer through the mail which I knew But how  do you mail your brews to family or  competitions out of state ?
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: Steve Ruch on October 15, 2016, 04:12:32 PM
I recently mailed some homebrews with FedEx to a friend out of state They claim the box was damaged and mailed it back the only thing that was missing was a can of  Julius from treehouse brewing A week later I received a  registered letter from FedEx saying that is illegal to send beer through the mail which I knew But how  do you mail your brews to family or  competitions out of state ?

It is illegal to mail beer. It is not illegal to ship it FedEx, but they don't have to accept it for shipping. It depends on the attitude of your local FedEx people.
You have to seriously pack any beer you send so the box doesn't get damaged.
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: jpeets on October 15, 2016, 04:29:21 PM
It's was packed good they never ask what I was shipping if they did I would say it was sofa Want gets me was the  Julius was the only thing missing all the bottles and everything came back on dented in unbroken
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: Stevie on October 15, 2016, 05:49:44 PM
The can may have failed.
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: fmader on October 16, 2016, 12:03:19 AM
Line your box with a trash bag, so if a bottle it can breaks it just leaks into the trash bag.
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: Steve Ruch on October 16, 2016, 04:23:59 PM
Line your box with a trash bag, so if a bottle it can breaks it just leaks into the trash bag.
And put that into a larger box with plenty of packing.
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: theDarkSide on October 17, 2016, 12:55:19 PM
I've had good luck with UPS.  For competitions, I wrap each bottle and can in the electronics bubble wrap you find at Home Depot.  Each sheet is 12" wide.  Then I pack in the box inside a trash bag and pack a ton of bubble wrap or newspaper to make sure nothing moves.

When you sent Fedex, did it go Fedex all the way through?  Sometimes Fedex is handed off the the USPS for delivery, depending on what service was selected.
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: jpeets on October 17, 2016, 01:16:03 PM
Yes fedex ground this is the 1st time they claim the box was damage they return all the beer undamaged in a new box not even a broken bottle I was just surprised the only thing missing was the  Julius from treehouse brewing I mail Homebrew to my old drinking buddy's to try and get there reviews I did mail those beers ups and had no problems
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: MrDonde on October 19, 2016, 03:59:01 PM
I was looking around the forums and saw this link to a company that makes boxes for shipping beer. Might help you with issues of stuff breaking.

http://spiritedshipper.com/product/89/three-beer-bottle-shipping-box (http://spiritedshipper.com/product/89/three-beer-bottle-shipping-box)

Hope it helps.
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: jpeets on October 19, 2016, 06:18:28 PM
 Thanks I'll definitely order some of those boxes for the future
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: BairsBrewing on October 20, 2016, 09:31:53 PM
I put "Yeast Samples! Extremely Fragile!" All over the outside of my box. Never had an issue with UPS or FedEx.

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Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: Hooper on October 21, 2016, 01:02:56 PM
I usually follow the advice of Colonel William Ludlow...USPS picks up from the front porch...
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: Steve Ruch on October 21, 2016, 05:56:09 PM
I put "Yeast Samples! Extremely Fragile!" All over the outside of my box. Never had an issue with UPS or FedEx.

Several years ago while I was still employed I worked in a shipping department and watched as a UPS guy gave a package covered with fragile stickers a hail Mary toss into the back of his truck.
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: BairsBrewing on October 21, 2016, 06:07:18 PM
I usually follow the advice of Colonel William Ludlow...USPS picks up from the front porch...
Which if they find out that you mailed alcohol you could be in some trouble, it's illegal to mail via the US Post Office.

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Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: BairsBrewing on October 21, 2016, 06:07:54 PM
I put "Yeast Samples! Extremely Fragile!" All over the outside of my box. Never had an issue with UPS or FedEx.

Several years ago while I was still employed I worked in a shipping department and watched as a UPS guy gave a package covered with fragile stickers a hail Mary toss into the back of his truck.
Yeah, I've seen the same thing a time or two, from both FedEx and UPS.

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Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: Steve Ruch on October 22, 2016, 03:48:42 PM
Several years ago while I was still employed I worked in a shipping department and watched as a UPS guy gave a package covered with fragile stickers a hail Mary toss into the back of his truck.
Yeah, I've seen the same thing a time or two, from both FedEx and UPS.
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While not appreciated by the customer that kind of thing is the only logical method for the drivers as they are closely monitored on how long their route takes to complete and they don't really have the time to baby any packages.
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: BairsBrewing on October 22, 2016, 04:07:20 PM
Several years ago while I was still employed I worked in a shipping department and watched as a UPS guy gave a package covered with fragile stickers a hail Mary toss into the back of his truck.
Yeah, I've seen the same thing a time or two, from both FedEx and UPS.
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While not appreciated by the customer that kind of thing is the only logical method for the drivers as they are closely monitored on how long their route takes to complete and they don't really have the time to baby any packages.
I have a friend who drives for UPS. If their manager know that they purposefully mishandled a package, they get written up. They track their performance on the route by gps.

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Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: Hooper on October 22, 2016, 11:55:30 PM
I usually follow the advice of Colonel William Ludlow...USPS picks up from the front porch...
Which if they find out that you mailed alcohol you could be in some trouble, it's illegal to mail via the US Post Office.
Thank mom but...you can be a sheep...or you can follow the advice of Colonel Ludlow...
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: EHall on October 25, 2016, 04:33:06 PM
while stationed overseas... I sent home a 12pack of various belgian/dutch/german beers every month. All I used was a cardboard box and a ton of newspaper, all through the USPS. when I got home 2 yrs later, I found one box wrapped in cling wrap due to it got dropped and broke one bottle, all the liquid soaked into the newspaper, but I thought, that package must have been dropped hard cause I used ALOT of newspaper. these days, I would say do the same thing except wrap each bottle/can in bubblewrap first then either more bubblewrap or newspaper.
Title: Re: Mailing Beers
Post by: Steve Ruch on October 25, 2016, 05:52:39 PM
[quote author=BairsBrewing link=topic=27942.msg364777#msg364777 date=1477152440
I have a friend who drives for UPS. If their manager know that they purposefully mishandled a package, they get written up. They track their performance on the route by gps.
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[/quote]

I don't know if it quite qualifies as purposefully mishandling. They just don't have a lot of time to be all that gentle.