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How can I sell beer online and ship direct to the consumer?

The number one inquiry on compliantbootlegger.com has to do with shipping beer directly to consumer. Many folks email us and use our chat to ask us how they can start a beer of the month club, or how they can sell beer online and ship it directly to someone’s doorstep. Each time I answer the same; It’s complicated. I understand that’s not what you want to hear, but it’s the truth.


There have been many articles published on the subject (we even assisted with the one published in the Beer Connoisseur Magazine Website HERE ) and they all seem to come to the same conclusion, without going too deep into it, I will explain. You must first be a producer (brewery, winery, distillery) and you must be licensed in your home state as well as have some sort of shipping license in the state you plan on shipping to. According to the various states and their alcohol departments/agencies if you ship to their state without the proper licensing then you can be fined and charged with a misdemeanor. Currently there are a few states that allow the direct shipment of beer and we have posted a list on this site, so please check it out (here). Bare with me, because the list was created a few months back. The way the laws change in these states, the list could have shrunk or grown.


Ok, back to the subject at hand. Once I mention this to those interested in starting their beer shipment business, they always ask; “Well what about those beer clubs, or beer of the month clubs? They