After a fairly successful first exchange I decided to try it again.
Here it is in a nutshell:
1. We get a list of people together from different parts of the country who love beer.
2. We match them into pairs located as far apart from each other as possible.
3. Each person mails the other a selection of local brews that they love.
4. Enjoy beer from far away lands.
5. Post pictures of your beers. (You should probably take the pictures before step 4, I don't feel like editing this.)
There are a few ground rules:
You must be 21 to participate.
I'm restricting it to people in the continental United States only. I don't know if it's illegal to ship beer between countries and I don't want to find out. Plus it keeps shipping costs reasonable.
The cutoff date to join in is going to be September 16th.
Try and have your beer in the mail by October 7th.
Try to spend about $20-30 but feel free to go nuts if you really want to.
Try to get beers that the person you are exchanging with will like. Try and post your likes and dislikes in the thread.
Most importantly, make sure you send out your beer.
You might be asking yourself some questions about now
Isn't this illegal?
It is against United States Postal Regulations to mail alcohol, so if you sent it via USPS, it would be. And neither Fedex nor UPS will guarantee the safety of alcohol if you ship it, you will not get reimbursed if they break it, but they do not prohibit private citizens of legal age from mailing each other alcohol. If you are going to ship alcohol, there are several precautions you need to take with regards to packaging and sending them out for shipping, but we'll get into that later.
So how do I go about packaging my beer?
One way is to get a box with the partitions already in them (ie a wine case). Beer stores give these out whenever you buy 3 or more bottles, usually. Take the partitions out and place a plastic bag in the box as a liner. Then place the partitions back inside the box, within the liner. Wrap each bottle in that thin green foam wrap that you can get pretty much anywhere and place 1-2 bottles per compartment. If you have a particularly heavy shipment, you can add a couple layers of this material to the bottom of the box, under the partitions. Any space between the bottles is filled with bubble wrap, "peanuts", or more green crap. If the shipment is to be expected to get above 70 degrees, use one of the compartments in the middle to house an ice pack. Don't forget to use extra tape. When you ship it make sure to tell them it's glass and fragile.
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