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Old 02-27-2015, 09:09 AM   #1
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** The OFFICIAL E46 BEVERAGE TRADE Thread **

First off, it's not lawful to use US Postal Services to ship beverages containing alcohol.

That said, many micro brews are regional and, as such, many great brews go untasted by brew fanatics. Seems appropriate to form an official beer swap so beer snobs can sample all those beers they have been hearing about.

Typically, shipping growlers is not ideal as the beer can go flat if it's not consumed very soon after filling. There are some places that use a CO2 system that keeps growlers fresh for up to 2 weeks.

I am in NJ. It's got some silly distribution laws when it comes to beers. But there are a couple really awesome breweries that won't be found on any shelves or coolers outside the area.

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Carton Brewing Company
Carton has a fantastic DIPA called 077XX that can be found in 4-pk cans on occasion.
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26817/74065/

They also have a fantastic session ale called Boat.
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26817/74467/

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Typically they do growler fills. But they do sell bottled rarities at their brewery which I don't get to very often as it's a bit out of the way.

Kane Overhead is one of the best DIPAs out there and I can get the CO2 growler fill of the stuff.
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26676/79882/

Anyway, willing to trade. I'm looking for rare stuff from Oregon, Washington, Cali, Vermont, Illinois.

Would love to get my hands on some Fathead, Fiddlehead, Pliney, Heady, etc...
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Lots of micro brews in my area. Not a beer guy but I'm down to do a swap. Anyone hear of fire island brewery? I can hook you up with some of that.
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Lots of micro brews in my area. Not a beer guy but I'm down to do a swap. Anyone hear of fire island brewery? I can hook you up with some of that.
is it brewed by phags?
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yeast samples? or just pack em nicely and don't let them know what it is at all?
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depending on what part of NJ you're in, you could be close enough to Baltimore to head over for some Dew Claw. Excellent stuff there. I recommend Serum, and you can't not try Sweet Baby Jesus.
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yeast samples? or just pack em nicely and don't let them know what it is at all?
It's a "snow globe" or you just risk it and don't tell them there is any liquid at all. The beer trading scene is HUGE online, and a few of my friends are deep into it
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I tell them I'm shipping pickles...
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Sounds like a fun idea. I hope everything works out.
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protip: write "fragile: glass" on the boxes, tell the shipper you are shipping vases.
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I think shipping a bottle or two would be just fine as long as you package it properly. I wouldn't ship a six pack lol.
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U-Haul sells a very affordable Wine Shipping Kit which is great for bombers or, with some bubble wrap, standard 12 oz bottles.

http://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies/...g-Kits?mid=169

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I have a friend who's on beer forums who does this. They meet at random parking lots to trade beer. Like a nerdy drug trade.
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Good idea, I'd probably be in on this. I've done some trading through the beer thread on this forum. Shipping is generally no big deal - I shipped about a dozen cans with a couple bottles mixed in. It's all about packaging it correctly.

I'm interested in trying brews from Surly, Cigar City, Troegs (Nugget Nectar), 3 Floyd's, Terrapin, and a couple others. I can get lots of west coast and mid west beers (AZ, New Mex, So Cal, Pacific NW, Founders, Bells). If anyone is interested let me know what you've got and what kind of beers you're interested in trying.
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Dude, you might want to do some research on this. Not requiring an "Over 21 Signature Required" alone can probably get you in trouble if something happens. I don't know much about it, but I do know that there are a lot of states that regulate what can and cannot be shipped in as far as alcohol goes. I did some research over the years when I was ordering wines that I wanted to purchase. Went fine, but I do know that under no circumstances would they ship alcohol without a signature required for someone over 21 (obviously)

I would never risk sending someone a beer, even if I did require 21+ delivery. So ya, just saying "fragile - glass" isn't going to fly. For what its worth, I cannot remember the last time I shipped something and one of the options was to require a 21+ signature, which leads me to think that shipping companies probably don't offer that shipping method to the public. I could be wrong, but I have yet to see it.
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I would never risk sending someone a beer, even if I did require 21+ delivery. So ya, just saying "fragile - glass" isn't going to fly. For what its worth, I cannot remember the last time I shipped something and one of the options was to require a 21+ signature, which leads me to think that shipping companies probably don't offer that shipping method to the public. I could be wrong, but I have yet to see it.
So many people are shipping beer. I prefer using FedEx myself... I think DHL couldn't care less what is being shipped but they don't exactly handle parcels with care.
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Dude, you might want to do some research on this. Not requiring an "Over 21 Signature Required" alone can probably get you in trouble if something happens. I don't know much about it, but I do know that there are a lot of states that regulate what can and cannot be shipped in as far as alcohol goes. I did some research over the years when I was ordering wines that I wanted to purchase. Went fine, but I do know that under no circumstances would they ship alcohol without a signature required for someone over 21 (obviously)

I would never risk sending someone a beer, even if I did require 21+ delivery. So ya, just saying "fragile - glass" isn't going to fly. For what its worth, I cannot remember the last time I shipped something and one of the options was to require a 21+ signature, which leads me to think that shipping companies probably don't offer that shipping method to the public. I could be wrong, but I have yet to see it.
This is a pretty common thing now with all the micro brews being regional. BeerAdvocate has a pretty busy beer trade message board. How else am j going to get my hands on 3 Floyds, southern tier, Lawson's, etc.?

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So are we actually going to send sh1t or just talk about it.

Here's a list of what I have and can get access to:
- New Glarus (I still have an Oktoberfest from this past year that is fvcking amazing)
- Surly
- Summit
- Flat Earth (my favorite local)
- Fulton
- Indeed
- Third Street

I can ship 3 bottles/cans.

PS another way to do it is to enclose a small paper cup with something in it that makes noise to disguise the sounds and/or take attention away from the box.
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