any ideas on shipping bottled beer?

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I will be going on vacation and want to ship a case of beer home. I was thinking I could line the case with newspaper and put that in a bigger box lined with newspaper. The beer will be mailed home via USPS. Anyone have any ideas on how much this might cost? I will be shipping from Minnesota to North Carolina.
 
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First off, make sure it's labeled "fragile" on every side of the package. As far as packing goes, I would think that the greatest risk of damage would be from the bottles knocking into one another, so anything you can do (including your idea of putting the case inside a bigger box) to minimize that increases your chances of success. As to cost, it would depend on which USPS shipping option you pick and the package weight. If it's a standard 24 count of 12 oz bottles, the beer weight works out to 18 lbs, then add weight of the bottles and packing, so maybe 24 lb +/-. The USPS website should have some shipping cost calculators, if I recall.

Why you're doing this when there's perfectly good Summit available here, I don't know. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/drinkbeer.gif
 
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Actually the whole point is to ship back some of Summit's delicious nectars back to NC where it is not available. Why won't they just ship to me???  Oh how I miss my Summit!!!!!

I will be there in April. Any idea if the Maibock will be available then? Or do they have a different spring beer? I will also be putting a couple 4 packs of Surly in my check in baggage. Maybe some Grain Belt as well for old time's sake.....
 
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I do believe it is illegal to ship alcoholic beverages via USPS. I did ship 2 cases of Schells to a friend in North Dakota via UPS though.
 
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Mary- How much did it cost to ship the 2 cases via UPS? They are so damn expensive...

I guess I might have to check 2 bags. That sucks. I NEED MY SUMMIT!
 
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This was 20 years ago so no clue anymore. Weigh a case and get the measurements and use the UPS online tool. Use as much foam packing as you can stuffed around the bottles to prevent breakage. Double garbage bag the cases in case one does break.
 

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