Not sure why I took this picture. See the sexy beer model in the background, though. Very hot.
We are going to be in the same place at the same time in a few weeks. I don't want to pack beer in my luggage (various reasons including my lack of trust for baggage handlers). So, I thought I would mail the chocolate ale. I've never shipped beer before, but home-brewers do all the time. It is illegal to ship beer via the US Postal Service. It is against policy for UPS or Fed Ex to knowingly accept beer, but the advice I got from the AHA forum seems to be that a "don't ask / don't tell" approach with UPS works just fine. This seems to be standard procedure for lots of other home-brewering bloggers as well. The best resource I found was at BarlowBrewing: "How to Pack and Ship Beer".
First I put each bottle in a zip-lock bag.
I put the bubble wrapped bags with bottles in a box with shipping peanuts.
I have to admit that I'm a little nervous about shipping my beer. I think I've packed everything pretty well. I just don't know how it will turn out. I guess we'll see. If it turns out well, I'll probably let you know. If not, I'll probably just stay silent on the subject.