Bummer, sorry to hear that. Find out what happened, if you broke a bottle and it started leaking they generally aren't going to deliver it.Either that, or some lucky package handler just got a couple of nice beers... "Score!"
So I checked with UPS and all they can tell me is that the package was scaned in at Redmond, WA on 3/23 and cannot be found. If something had broken and caused a mess, I imagine they would have a record of that. They have no record of the package leaving Redmond or of it being anywhere in their facility. Funny thing is that it is still considered "in transit". Really!!?? Hmmmmm..... I tend to agree with you antipunk, that someone saw the destination and decided to help themselves.
As for packaging, I used two layers of those air filled "pillows" on the bottom, one layer on the sides and top, plus another row around each bottle. It was all contained in a heavy duty garbage bag that was sealed shut. They box was well stuffed, so the bottles couldn't knock around inside. I'm sure there is always the possibility something broke, but I don't think I could have done much better without getting rediculous.
Anyway, I appreciate the condolences, but it was my fault in the end for not following the tracking all the way to Seattle. I saw it had reached Redmond, and then got sidetracked with work and didn't check it again. I assumed it could make it the last 30 miles or so. Yeah, yeah, I know all about assuming. ::)Anyway, the organizers have been really nice and even offered to find someone to judge them if the package ever makes it. That way could at least get some feedback on my beer (not as part of the competiton). Pretty nice of them IMO.