Flying with beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jkane, Aug 29, 2014.

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  1. jkane

    jkane Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Sorry if this post is in the wrong forum..

    Flying cross country next week and I am planning on taking beers with me, and bringing others back. I've flown with 750's in my checked luggage before without issue, but this time I may be forced to bring growlers with me. Is it safe to fly with growlers, is it legal, and if not, what is the fine?

    Appreciate any and all insight!
  2. jkane

    jkane Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Thanks. Sounds like TSA does not care about beer. Do growlers survive bag checkers?
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  3. atpca

    atpca Zealot (575) Jun 10, 2013 California
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    Usually. You might want to pack some 2gal zip locks and be liberal with the padding/bubble wrap. Most growlers do fine, though the pressure changes aren't the nicest thing to do to them -- it should only be an issue if the growler already has a manufacturing flaw (bad seal, weak seam in the glass, chip on the rim, etc).
  4. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (592) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    If you had a HydroFlask or two, you'd be golden. Those wouldn't leak/break at all.

  5. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (456) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    The baggage area should be pressurized with the rest of the plane, I don't think there will be any unwanted stress placed on the containers in flight.
  6. halo3one

    halo3one Crusader (762) Jun 6, 2014 Georgia
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    It's all fine. Bring plenty of bubble wrap. I've taken a wine box that perfectly fits in my luggage, put bottles in it, and then wrap a single layer of bubble around that. No issues.
  7. disGRUNTled

    disGRUNTled Initiate (180) Sep 21, 2013 Florida
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    My wife flew all this on the plane last week you will be fine
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  8. TurkeyFeathers

    TurkeyFeathers Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2014 New York

    Very true, peoples pets are stowed below
  9. TurkeyFeathers

    TurkeyFeathers Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2014 New York

    Your wife have a sister ? You got a keeper there
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  10. zid

    zid Crusader (779) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    How on earth?
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  11. disGRUNTled

    disGRUNTled Initiate (180) Sep 21, 2013 Florida
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    LOL, yeah she is a keeper for sure understands my beer obsession and supports it ,that haul was from when she was in Chicago on business . She put all the bombers and bottles in ziplock bags and wrapped them in blankets and pillows she took from the hotel and put them in her suitcase . all the cans she packed in a box as you would for a trade ziplock bags , bubble wrap. she checked it in and all arrived safely nothing broken, but TSA did check both ..
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  12. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Initiate (182) Jan 24, 2006 Ohio

    Attention everyone! Wife of the Year voting has now ended even though it is only August! disGRUNTled's wife has won!
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  13. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,770) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    What is wrong with her. She picked up 8th but no Ethos. Kick her to the curb.

    kidding. Awesome job. Now do something nice for her.
  14. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (279) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    That's....yeah. I want/need that kind of woman.

    Best thing for growlers I guess would be to put them in those extremely over-sized ziplock bags (3 gallons I think?) and then wrap the bags in bubble wrap, towels, or generally loose clothing.

    When it comes to bottles, personally I've never bothered with any fancy wrapping or bubble wrap. You know what works for bottles? Socks. Just about any beer bottle will fit inside a sock, be it 12oz or 750ml. The thicker, the more cushioning, the better.
  15. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Aspirant (279) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    I know I already addressed this in my other post but I just wanted to quote this because holy shit your wife rocks.
  16. ManforallSaisons

    ManforallSaisons Disciple (385) Mar 20, 2008 Belgium

    From the title of this thread, I thought I'd be replying, "you're drinking too much of it."

    One layer of thick bubble wrap, secured with packing tape, has so far always worked for me, when I take a few 33cls and a few 75cls, a few times a year. Just wrapping in clothes has not always worked (oops). You can probably look forward to a TSA calling card when you reopen the suitcase.

    But for convenience, I should step up my game and check out one of these suitcase bottle packers. Frequently discussed in the Benelux forum, so you might check there.
  17. Beerasaurus

    Beerasaurus Devotee (410) Aug 2, 2008 Virginia

    Bubble wrap, packing tape and large or extra large Ziploc bags always have worked for me. I also bury them in the middle of clothes. The bigger issue is weight. Depending on the amount of clothes, I can usually get 4-6 22oz or 750s per checked bag, and still stay under the 50 lb limit per bag on Southwest. I've only had a couple of TSA calling cards as well.
  18. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,255) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    The baggage area is pressurized. The pressure during a flight is equivalent to 8000 ft. If the container is good for that, you are ok.
  19. jkane

    jkane Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Thanks for all of the good info. I am planning on hauling (3) 2 liter growlers of Hill Farmstead, (4) 750's of Lawsons, and (4) 4 packs of Heady Topper. Only going for two days, so I should have plenty of room for beer in the suitcase. Sounds like I need to go out and buy some bubble wrap.
  20. newjack

    newjack Initiate (157) Aug 22, 2014 Illinois
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    May or may not help you but it worked great from me. Got all this back from Cali to Chicago with no problems.


    Just a pelican gun case....
  21. jfh

    jfh Aspirant (286) Apr 25, 2008 California
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    been there done that. We fly Southwest, free bags. Use the same cooler every time. Epoxy nylon straps with quick release buckles to outside of cooler to make it double safe from opening. I use bath towels and rubber bands to cushion everything and pack it tight to keep vibrations down. Keep weight to 45 pounds, so 10% leeway on the 50 pound limit. Flown with growlers, bottles, cans, cork and cage, only one bottle ever had a problem: cap on but it leaked. TSA has inspected it several times, but never taken anything or screwed up the packing. cheers,

    PS. last year on a flight through Portland OR, I swear we could have filled growlers inside security.
  22. mudbug

    mudbug Zealot (593) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Yep. You can and you wont spend one penny more at the airport than you would in the city.
  23. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Initiate (182) Jan 24, 2006 Ohio

    "Sir, is that a gun case you're checking?" "Yep, for my collection of 22's"
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