06 Dec

Traveling with Craft Beer

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The next issue in our Holiday Craft Beer Series focuses on traveling with craft beer!

Traveling with craft beer can be scary and I was stressed out that my precious beer wouldn’t make it Colorado. In addition to the typical weight restrictions, I had to deal with the added stress of packaging my beers in a way that they would not leak if broken, available for the TSA to check, AND fit into my suitcase.

For all of you traveling over the holidays and want to give craft beer as gifts, a few easy tips will ensure that your beer will make it to its destination safe and sound.

  • Seal all of your bottles (and cans!) in plastic seal-able bags. I used Ziplock freezer bags since they were a little thicker than the sandwich bags. In case of bad beer juju, hopefully the bags will keep the suds from soaking your suitcase.
  • Wrap your bottles in something soft and has a little give. Bubble wrap works great but don’t seal the bubble wrap in a way that the TSA can’t unwrap them to check the contents. Another option is old t shirts! T shirts you don’t care about or your dirty clothes on the return trip are great (and free) ways to wrap up your precious cargo.
  • Since I was having nightmares about my beers breaking in my bag, I used a wine bottle styrofoam shipper. I wrapped each bottle in bubble wrap, then in the shipper. My shipper was smooshed by the end of the trip, but the beer was safe!

The TSA does not limit how much beer you can travel with – the main issue is the weight restrictions. With a little planning, all of your holiday shopping can be done in tap rooms, breweries and exotic beer wonderlands!

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