Just for the sake of my own curiosity how difficult is it to ship beer across the border? Does a lot of it get held up? I've never shipped any internationally before.
I have shipped internationally (and I'm Canadian) - usually just swapping homebrews, but I have entered the odd contest. It is a real PITA. Besides the higher courier fees, you have to fill our NAFTA paperwork and if you state that it is alcohol, you have basically guaranteed it will not get delivered (and may not get sent back to you either).
It is far easier to stretch the truth a little on the paperwork and claim the contents as 'glass collectibles-gift' I had a guy send me his beer the States who labeled it 'personal belongings-underwear & socks' - the guy worked at a hotel
What customs agent is going to poke through someones dirty underwear...
Not everyone is comfortable with such creative descriptions though.
BTW - Hi Tony! Seeya back over at the Brewnosers.org