1. Looking to trade some beers? Check out How to Get Started with Beer Trading.
Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

What Shippers Work Best in Cold

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by dujayhawk, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. dujayhawk

    dujayhawk Aug 8, 2011 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    I am flying up to Connecticut and then renting a car to drive to Vermont and then shipping my haul home via Fed Ex, so my question is what is the best method for shippers to make sure they are kept as warm as possible?

    Thanks for the responses and suggestions!
  2. yojimbo1

    yojimbo1 Feb 26, 2012 Kansas

    Use an internal heating source otherwise there is nothing you can do to keep things warm. Although I suppose if you use styrofoam you may be able to slow down temperature changes and hope the bottles don't sit out in the cold too long. I doubt that will do enough though.
  3. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Probably better to pack some in your check in luggage.
  4. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Buy an extra luggage, pack it like you would a fedex box and pay the extra fee to fly it with you? The extra $20-30 that you pay for it to fly with you should give you alot more peace of mind
  5. jodan

    jodan Jul 24, 2008 California

    Just buy a styro shipper or 2 and check them on the plane. Might cost a few bucks more in the long run, but you shouldn't need to worry about the temps, just the TSA.
  6. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    I've flown and checked in beer and wine in winter from Germany. Didn't have a single problem, saved money and didn't worry about anything freezing. It'll be easier in the US that you don't gotta declare anything with customs. Just check it in, fly and get it. It won't freeze that way
  7. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    The short answer it doesn't much matter what shipper you use, because unless you include a heat source inside it, the container itself is going to have a negligible effect on keeping the beer warm.

    The longer answer that you probably don't want to hear is that you absolutely should not be shipping any beer out of Vermont this time of year. It regularly gets below 10 degrees at night (and often not much better in the day), which is more than enough to turn your beer bottles into ice bombs. You're simply asking for a problem if you hand that over to Fedex.

    Bring an extra suitcase and only purchase what you can carry with you.
    Bluecane likes this.
  8. Bluecane

    Bluecane Dec 30, 2011 New York

    Sorry to hijack, but is there a consensus on when it is okay to begin shipping out of VT?
  9. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Anyone heard of the impending merger between Fedex and UPS ?
    The new company will be called FedUp
    Barump bump bump !! o_O
  10. tbadiuk

    tbadiuk Feb 9, 2009 Manitoba (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    Bluecane likes this.
  11. dujayhawk

    dujayhawk Aug 8, 2011 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    The only issue is that Im not sure when I will have the chance to be in Vermont again so I am planning on purchasing a big hall and airlines only allow two checked bags, 1 of which will be for my personal belongings. Looks like I'm in trouble.
  12. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Get as big a carry on as possible. Take as much of your personal belongings in there, fold your clothes to take up the least amount of space possible.
    Bluecane likes this.
  13. PoopChute69

    PoopChute69 Oct 24, 2012 Poland

    Any serious backpacker knows that it's 10 degrees warmer inside your tent if you have a good rain fly.

    Do you have a tent?
  14. glitchedmind

    glitchedmind May 8, 2012 California

    Take the largest carry on that you have.
    Fill carry on with barest of essentials.
    Upon arrival, visit nearest Goodwill/thrift store and buy clothes.
    Also buy largest suitcases you can find at above store.
    At the end of the trip, donate all the clothes and fill the suitcases with beer.
    joetouchton and Bluecane like this.
  15. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    Might make more sense to ship clothes back then to buy more. That way you have more room in your checked bags.
    gklover1 likes this.
  16. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Correct me if I am wrong, which I probably am, but if a coolers job is to keep cold things inside of it cold by keeping heat out and retaining the cold within, wouldn't that also mean if you put something in a cooler at room temp it would keep the cold out as well?

    If my thinking is true I'd go for a cooler inside a box.

    *And not a cheap $3 styro beach cooler, a real one.
    usofar likes this.
  17. Bluecane

    Bluecane Dec 30, 2011 New York

  18. gklover1

    gklover1 Oct 18, 2009 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Purchase only >10% beer to eliminate the freezing problem. (That's the only good stuff that comes from there anyway, no? :rolleyes:)
  19. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    You'd only slow the freezing process down a bit. Ultimately the temp inside is going to reach close to the temp outside. Think of how you put ice in a cooler in the summer and it melts. Or coffee in a thermos eventually goes cold. Insulation only goes so far without a heat source inside it. And this process will happen over hours, not the days it requires to ship.
  20. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    I agree; while not cheap, I bet a Yeti Cooler would do the job. Especially if you made sure the cooler/beer were warm when you sealed the cooler. Maybe even throw a few hand warmers in there.
  21. brownswisscow

    brownswisscow Feb 9, 2012 Vermont

    Ship out of CT assuming you're going back
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!