I’m apprehensive to discuss this topic, but I decided to share my experience with shipping beer and cider around the world because I often receive messages on how to do a successful beer trade. Please keep it mind that it is ILLEGAL to ship alcohol without a license. The United States Postal Service prohibits shipping alcohol, however, UPS and FedEx will allow you to send it with an alcohol shippers contract.
If you choose to ship beer, you run the risk of the carrier confiscating the package with possible fines. And even if the package does pass inspection, the contents could potentially explode, leak, break, etc. Although beer trades are risky transactions, you actually end up with exciting alcohol and a new, addicting hobby! Be cautious and good luck!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Bubble Wrap (lots of it)
- Gallon Plastic Storage Bags
- Packing Tape
- Noise makers
- Wrap each can/bottle individually with bubble wrap twice. Be generous with the bubble wrap to make sure it is fully covered.
- Tape the bubble wrapped can on all sides so the bubble wrap doesn’t unravel.
- Place the wrapped item inside a plastic storage bag and tape it shut. I find the gallon size to be the best fit for 12 oz and 16 oz cans.
- Choose a box so the items fit snug. You don’t want too much room in the box. Space is not your friend.
- Add or create noisemakers to your package, so the package makes a jingle sound instead of liquid splashing sound.
- Do not label your package as BEER! Instead, label it as: Liquid Yeast, Hot Sauce or Snow globes.
- Cans are better than bottles. If you choose to send bottles, use electric tape to ensure the bottlecap is sealed and safe from pressure.
- To create noisemakers,take 2 beer can rings, tape them together, and add popcorn or pennies inside.
- If your cans are moving when you shake the box, add more bubble wrap, newspaper, etc.
- Recycle! Save the planet and re-use packing materials from past trades.