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Best Place to Buy Beer Online?

rskubic Dec 20, 2009 04:15 PM

Anyone know of a great e-commerce site for good beer?

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    boingo2000 Feb 2, 2010 07:21 AM

    I've purchased online a couple of times from Archer Liquors in the Chicago area, and been very pleased. Of course, shipping is expensive (true of anyplace that will ship beer), but it's worth it for me to get some of the stuff I can't get here in AZ (Founders, Southern Tier etc.).


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      Little T. Jan 18, 2010 03:24 PM

      Liquid Solutions has a nice selection:


      Other places I am familiar with are Beer Geek:


      And also BevMo:


      The only thing is getting past the high costs of shipping. If you can buy a lot of rare beer in larger quantities, it almost makes it worth it.

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        brentk Feb 2, 2010 08:39 AM

        Both Liquid Solutions and Beer Geek are out of business.

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        apaternite Jan 14, 2010 01:26 PM

        http://BestBeerOnline.com is a pretty good one. They ship to Minnesota.

        1. JessKidden Dec 21, 2009 03:04 AM

          There's a pretty good master list, with some state and other restrictions noted, of "mail order" beer sellers here http://onlinebeerstores.homestead.com...

          But if you're sending local Colorado beer to MN, it's probably going to be cheaper to just box it up well and send it UPS or FedEx yourself (illegal to use US Postal Service), since the "e-commerce" dealers usually sell the beer for top dollar and then often charge a high "handling" fee to cover their labor, packing materials and shipping.

          Just don't tell the package companies it's alcohol.

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          1. re: JessKidden
            JRSD Dec 25, 2009 08:09 AM

            If you ship yourself, make sure that the sound of liquids cannot be heard when the box is jostled around.

            2 retailers in San Diego - South Bay Drugs and Beverages 4 Less will take orders online or by phone and ship. I know that Bev 4 Less will ship to MN. Both have stellar selections of beer.


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            Bobfrmia Dec 20, 2009 07:21 PM


            Make sure they can ship to Minnesota.

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              brentk Dec 20, 2009 04:37 PM

              There are a number of good online beer e-tailers. They are located in various areas the choice of a particular site depends upon the location of the breweries whose beers you are seeking. The other issue is whether any particular e-tailer will ship to your state.

              Be more specific about what you want and perhaps I can help.

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                rskubic Dec 20, 2009 05:53 PM

                Awesome, thanks. I live in Colorado and there's no shortage of great beer around here. But my parents live in a small, northern Minnesota town. No regional/microbrews available. Not even stuff from Minneapolis. So every time they visit Colorado, they love the beer and I was hoping to send them a bunch for Christmas.

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                  brentk Dec 21, 2009 02:08 AM

                  Unfortunately, the only Colorado shipper I know, Liquor Max, has discontinued the practice. Binnys is a good choice, as is the WIne and Cheese Place in St. Louis:


                  You can also buy beer and ship it yourself using Fedex or UPS. Don't tell them what is in the package as it is not legal, but there is a very active beer trading community that does this all the time. For winter shipping to MN, make sure you use a lot of insulation in your packaging as you won't want your beer to freeze.

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