Suggestions: Buying Beer Online

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by psnydez86, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. WesM63

    WesM63 Nov 6, 2011 Ohio

    To add to my original post, i've since ordred from these places as well.

    Letspours - ok at best. Moderate selection and slightly higher prices.M y order took a week before it even left their place.
    France44 - Upset with atm. My first order was placed on 6/26 and it still hasn't shipped (7/8). They said it was due to the heat.. but still no Surly.

    At any rate, YMMV. (Yes, I trade as well, but it's not as easy as shopping online.)
  2. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Since I'm in the same boat as the OP, has anyone here tried Brewforia for online shipping? I'm really enticed by their having Deschutes and New Belgium samplers on their roster since I've always wanted to try their products. Shipping isn't really an issue for me since I have family across the state line in Ohio.
  3. Mavajo

    Mavajo Feb 10, 2007 Georgia

    Quality Liquor has Cantillon Classic Gueuze for $39.99 -- holy markup Batman!
  4. studad

    studad Jun 9, 2010 California

  5. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Brewforia is the only place from which I've ordered online. Shipping was a bit steep and one of the beers I ordered was out of stock by the time they shipped. But I did get a refund for that beer (but not the shipping cost) and got to try several things I can't get here in Georgia. Despite those couple issues, I'll most likely order from them again.
  6. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Check out the Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston SC. They have a frequently updated inventory listing and is rated 100 points by BAs. They ship but check on their website if they ship to PA.


  7. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I buy online sometimes, it's easy, safe, legal no hassles. Shipping is shipping whether you buy on line or trade. One I use in CA for my Pliny fix and one in Mn for my Furious fix. I'm lucky I live in a ship to state, but if your not trading is a great option as well.
  8. maltmuncher

    maltmuncher Aug 22, 2012

    Man WTF! Why will they not ship to TX? I guess is has something to do with all the crazy gov. loones...
  9. brewbetter

    brewbetter Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Since this thread was bumped, does anyone know of any sites that ship FFF?
  10. dman127

    dman127 Jul 11, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    None that I know of. The brewpub does not and I don't know of any Illinois or Indiana stores that ship. Honestly, FFF has become very hard to find on the shelves. 6 packs are now kept in the back of many stores, with a one 6 pack limit.
  11. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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  12. beerboy9960

    beerboy9960 Jan 28, 2011 Oklahoma
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    I've used halftime beverage before and thewineandcheese place. Both worked well for me. Halftime has bourbon county stout right now. 2 four pack limit but pretty steep price
  13. HopFace

    HopFace Feb 29, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    I use halftime quite a bit when they have their "spend over $100 and get free shipping" sales. They usually mark their stuff up 1-3 bucks but sometimes have good prices. They also ship to PA.

    I'm in Pittsburgh too and beer selection blows goats here. I trade here and there but again shipping isn't cheap.
  14. dman127

    dman127 Jul 11, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    West Lakeview is a great store. I had no idea that they ship as I always have gone in rather than looking at their website. The out of stock on most FFF is indicative of how hard it hard become to find it on the shelves. Mostly I can find some bombers, but the six packs are MIA. My advice would be to call them directly rather than go by the website. I think you just may have to catch them at the right time. That's what I do for Blackwell's when I need my Russian River fix.
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  15. TongoRad

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Anybody have any experience with International purchases, or have a site to recommend? I'm wondering how difficult or expensive it would be to get some Andechs doppelbock.
  16. BobZ

    BobZ Jun 24, 2009 Massachusetts

    I have ordered from Etre Gourmet several times with great results. In fact, I had a box arrive today that I ordered on October 9th. I'd recommend them highly. (oddly the site is down for some reason at this exact moment)

    As you might expect the shipping cost is high, for me a 12 bottle order makes the most sense to "spread-out" the shipping (60 Euro currently for 12) cost, while not having too large a box that attracts "undue notice" from customs.

    The risk is that customs seizes your order and you lose, Etre makes you check a box acknowledging that it's your risk with regard to customs and the shop is not libel for reimbursement. It's never happened to me (or anyone I know); however, it did happen to a few members of this site who lost significant $ and ended up flaming Etre as a result.

    I'll continue to order from them as I can get the beer (expensive but at least I can get it) that I can't purchase here.

    Good luck.
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  17. TongoRad

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Thanks a lot. I bookmarked the site and will check back periodically to see if they get the doppelbock in stock (as of now they have three beers but not that one).
  18. BobZ

    BobZ Jun 24, 2009 Massachusetts

    Always worth a check, I know he's had the doppelbock in the past, you can also email him as he's pretty responsive! Robert always seems to some Westy 12 in stock too, limit 1 per customer, per order. So that's kind a nice bonus to round out any 12 bottle order :)!
  19. jjf3792

    jjf3792 Apr 15, 2011 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Anyone know when France 44 stopped shipping to PA?
  20. MJC8719

    MJC8719 Feb 25, 2012 District of Columbia

    I have ordered from Brewforia multiple times without any issues.
  21. heffnate77

    heffnate77 Nov 18, 2011 New York

  22. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Why should some states ship to Pa and some not? If's it's legal they should ship to you. Did you talk to Caren?
  23. rolltide8425

    rolltide8425 Feb 18, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    That's the point; it is not legal to ship to PA but some places will do it anyway.
  24. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Sep 4, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    I will admit I bit on this one. I debated it for a few hours but called a friend and he told me to split it with him so we did and ordered some Flower Power as well. It was pretty damn expensive but without knowing how the Va. distro is going to be I'd rather drop the money now and have some guaranteed. The fact that it's being sold online though makes me think there will be plenty to go around.
  25. jjf3792

    jjf3792 Apr 15, 2011 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    The reason I ask is I placed an order back in June no problem but today I was given a message that they don't ship to PA anymore. Just wanted to see if anyone had any info on what changed, other than it is illegal.
  26. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Sounds good. Thanks mate. They seem to be the best bet for getting a good variety of stuff from the West Coast and space in between here and there that I just don't normally find here. I'm willing to pay hefty shipping on variety packs since those themselves are a good value at around $18 a pop. Not like I don't pay $3 a bottle here to get stuff individually anyway.
  27. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Pa isn't on the shipping list, I checked. Not a clue what's changed.
  28. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Yes, it *used* to be. I'll have to change my records.
  29. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
    Beer Trader

    They just recently started shipping.
  30. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    On another thread, I was led to Lueken's Big Town Liquors. They have Cigar City (plus several other Florida/ SE brands) and that's pretty awesome.
  31. dman127

    dman127 Jul 11, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Same here - placed an order with them last night. First time trying them. They had Marshal Zhukov in stock and I was able to order a couple along with a few saisons.
  32. yamar68

    yamar68 Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    EtreGourmet does, in fact, charge an arm and a leg. Hope that helps.
  33. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Because it's illegal to mail-order beer to Texas.

    Order all the wine you want though! Because that makes complete sense!
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  34. SamuelJackson45

    SamuelJackson45 Jul 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Yeah I called France44 about the change. Apparently the PLCB got in contact with them about illegal trafficking of alcohol and would report them to the ATF and shit. Dam scare tactics PA. Beer laws sucks and your killing my beer purchases too. Now I have to trade for Surly again.
  35. iSTi

    iSTi Sep 10, 2012 California

    I typed in my zip code and I guess there's free shipping for me. I'm gonna order some Pliny soon.
  36. jjheinrichs

    jjheinrichs Apr 13, 2010 Wisconsin is where I get my surly fix. Shipping maybe a little high - but not too bad. Definitely cheaper than the amount of gas it'd take to drive there.
  37. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I get Surly Furious from france44. 2/4 packs delivered to my door right at 32 bucks. It's 9.99 a /4 pk. Legal no hassle, sometimes they throw in an extra. Hell, I might order some today rather than spending 10 bucks on a so so IPA.
  38. Pinche_Oso

    Pinche_Oso Jun 25, 2012 California

    Halftime's "FREESHIP" with purchase of over $100 is back. Just thought you guys would like to know.
  39. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    At that price do it. I've never ordered because their shipping rates off set the great bottle price. But Pliny for under 5 bucks and free shipping is a steal.
  40. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Which is why the extra's are so great in a trade. Shipping is a bitch everywhere.
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