It Worked, WooHoo! Brewforia Can Ship Again.

Well everyone, it worked.  Brewforia the beer market in Boise that also ships beer via an internet business will be getting shipping contracts in place this week with both FedEx and UPS.  We’ve been making a lot of noise on this site over the last few days to try and help out a local Entrepreneur with a crisis he was having.  Well pressure mounted on UPS and FedEx from multiple sources, The Boise Statesman the local paper featured an article about the problem, then the blogosphere picked up on it, and there were postings, facebook pages created, e-mails sent, tweets galore, and probably not a few phone calls made as well.  It all stacked up and finally after months of getting the run around, Rick Boyd The Owner of Brewforia will have shipping contracts in place.

I’m not sure what role we all played in this, but I’d like to think that we did our part to pressure these crazy companies into doing the right thing.  There is one problem still, however.  They still have their arcane policy against shipping beer.  Why this is, no one can say, certainly we have discussed and hypothesized about it  numerous times throughout the week, but truth be told nobody knows where it came from, no one knows why it is there in place, and really I doubt anyone is attempting to fix the bigger problem!  That said, this is a victory albeit a small one.  We helped to get a business that deals in craft beer back on track with a major bureaucracy…No easy task.  So thank’s to everyone who commented, left messages, called UPS, e-mailed them, and tweeted about this issue.  I think we made a difference.

I’d like to give special thanks Katie Pizzuto at Gonzo Gastronomy for both her very passionate post about this issue, and for letting me rip off her cool little FedEx and UPS logo dudes!  Thanks Katie, you rock!

-Don

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7 Comments on “It Worked, WooHoo! Brewforia Can Ship Again.”

  1. March 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Nice job guys!

  2. March 10, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    Congrats to Brewforia for fighting the good fight and winning!

  3. March 10, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    Nice work all. Not sure if we had anything to do with it or not, like you said Don. But it’s nice to think so. The passion and effort was there, anyway. I’d like to think they noticed.

    Tough to see how the bigger policy issue will play out. It was easy to rally around Brewforia when there was an injustice. With the injustice removed, there’s less of a reason to shout. But shout still we should.

    If brewers associations plus online retailers would get behind the issue as a single voice, it would be easier. That’s how the wineries got the shipping laws relaxed in the first place. Breweries and retailers could do the same for shipping policy change. But like Katie pointed out in her post, if you demand change, you might get the change you dread. Those companies not shipping beer at all.

    Thanks all for tweeting, blogging, calling and emailing! Nice to make a difference and get a little more beer moving around this country again. Even if it’s just a very little in the grand scheme of things.

  4. March 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Good wor, guys. This craft beer community thing could be big some day.

    • Don
      March 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

      It is a good thing Al Gore invented this internet thingy, otherwise we would all just be sitting at home in our underwear on the couch.

  5. April 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    A unfortunate update on this issue. UPS and FedEx are both now refusing our shipments claiming that we are in violation of our contract because we were shipping beer to consumers. We are contiuning to fight this policy so we can resume shipping. We are seeking the advice of legal counsel currently and have a plan of attack but we need your support. If this is a cause you believe in write or call UPS and FedEx and tell them to change the policy but more importantly call your elected representatives and tell them to support beer equality and the craft beer industry by making it possible for residents in your state to buy the beer they want and have it shipped to their homes.

    Thanks for all your support from all of us here at Brewforia.com
    Rick

    • Don
      April 8, 2010 at 1:54 am #

      Rick, All I can say is what the Hell is going on with these companies? This back and forth is excruciating and I’m sure not just a little expensive for you. It is almost like “Theater of the Absurd”, and if it wasn’t so devastating to your business would be comical. What ever we can do to help we will do as a blog. we will definately post an update and see if we can again rally the troops on your behalf. Sorry Buddy. I’ll talk to you soon.

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