Bringing beer into the US from Canada

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jborg, May 6, 2012.

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  1. jborg

    jborg Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 New York

    We're taking a vacation to Quebec City this summer, and I was wondering if anyone knows the laws on bringing beer into the US. I was hoping to visit Brassirie Dieu Du Ciel and pick up a few cases. I can only get one or two varieties of their brews around here even at the better distributors.

    Also, if anyone can recommend another brewery to check out I'd love to hear about it! (but my French stinks!)
  2. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    Going into canada from the u.s is 9L per adult after a 48hour period. I hope for you that it's the same on the way back.
  3. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

    If you have a sedan and no flags on your passport, the answer is "as much as you can fit in the trunk".

    That said, I seem to remember it being a case per adult, but that was only ever going into Canada - we never brought anything back.
  4. HangingJohnny

    HangingJohnny Initiate (0) Apr 28, 2012 Florida

    It is was a few years ago, but my dad drove me from FL to Nova Scotia for college.. He straight up told the customs lady he had a few bottles of liquor and some wine and it was no problem (although their are strict limits). I drove from Canada to the US a couple times but I really do not remember many if any questions about how much alcohol my dad had. My advice is talk to a customs agent on your way into Canada and ask what you are allowed to take back with you.
    Grab a case of labatt blue for me eh!
  5. madlypat

    madlypat Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012

    one case per adult, after that I think you have to pay tax
  6. vivasbeer

    vivasbeer Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Michigan

    As long as you declare what you have it usually isn't a problem.

    Just tell the custom agent you have a couple cases of Canadian beer. They won't think anything of it.
  7. LadyOfMuchBeer

    LadyOfMuchBeer Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2011 Texas

    I agree with the idea of asking going in. Good luck!! :relaxed:
  8. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    Last time I went (last yr) I believe it was $2.85/case duty. You can bring back all you want, just have to declare it and the govt has to get their cut. (They often round down the # of cases, they dont really care too much)
  9. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,770) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    If only there was a governmental agency charged with administering laws regarding importing items into this country. If there were such an agency, I would imagine they would post that information somewhere. Perhaps on some sort of worldwide web
  10. bfg75

    bfg75 Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2011 Washington
    Beer Trader

    I regularly bring a case or two back from BC when I go up there to visit and I've never had a problem. I've been searched with two cases in the trunk and it was fine. From what I understand as long as it doesn't look like you're bringing back stuff to sell (cases of the same beer) US Customs generally doesn't care.
  11. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,086) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Yeah, just stock up& tell customs what you have. Make sure to get plenty of Unibroue, when I went to Montreal it was ridiculously cheap. DDC will be much cheaper there as well
  12. premierpro

    premierpro Disciple (384) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan

    1 case per adult. After that you will pay taxes.
  13. CrazyMike

    CrazyMike Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2005 Alberta (Canada)

    Always thought bringing beer from the US to Canada was ideal since it's cheaper and there's a different variety. Guess its opposite from an American point of view though.

    If your going to Quebec, stock up on Unibroue. :wink:
  14. avenuepub

    avenuepub Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2009 Louisiana

    These guys are worth seeking out. Trois Mouskatiers. Not sure exactly where they are located but it says Quebec.

    Also there is a wonderful resturant in chambly that is associated with Unibroue. Can't think of the name at the moment but I'm sure Unibroue can tell you.
  15. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (268) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    IF the agent feels like doing the paperwork. A week before liquids were banned in carry-ons we brought about a dozen 750's and several 4 packs from Belgium, plus about 6 bottles of wine from France, and a 10 liter box of good red wine in each suitcase, I think it came to about 35 liters total for the 3 of us. We declared every drop and got a lecture about how much paperwork was involved in collecting a minuscule amount of duty.
  16. jborg

    jborg Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 New York

    Thanks for the replies! I'm traveling w/ 4 kids, so more than a 2 cases may not be possible. I'd like to get to Unibroue as well, but many of their offering are pretty common around here (fortunately).
  17. Groulxsome

    Groulxsome Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2010 Ontario (Canada)

    You should check out the Canada part of the forum. Most of the discussions revolve around the opposite problem (i.e. getting beer from the big market), but the advice is still there!
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