Pro tip: Did you know you can actually bring booze onto a plane? It’s true! You don’t even have to check it. There’s a loophole in TSA regulations. Travelers may carry as many 3.4-ounce bottles of liquid (mini bottles of liquor are 1.7 ounces) that fit comfortably in one, quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. Just throw some mini bottles in a Ziplock and pull it out of your bag and put it on the tray (with any other liquids) when going through security. You won’t get bothered. You’re not supposed to drink these mini bottles of liquor on a plane, but as long as you’re not a loud, obvious buttwiff you can get usually away with it (I’ve done it numerous times to ease the pain of traveling).
Unfortunately, you can’t bring beer into the cabin of a plane (that you didn’t buy bottled in the airport — like in Nashville), but you can check it as luggage. It’s usually cheaper than sending it via the mail. Stone Brewing Co. Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Greg Koch does it all the time, even on international flights. It’s actually pretty easy if you’ve got the correct supplies — sturdy cardboard boxes, special cardboard inserts, tape gun and the strength and will to lug a heavy haul of box beer through public. Make sure the weight is under 50 pounds, which means you can ship up to 18 to 22 beers, depending on their size and packaging. Just watch Koch do it above. He even tapes two boxes together like a goddamn postal master.
The best part (besides the decapitated Gwyneth Paltrow head in a box reference from Seven): He creates a box handle out of tape. Whoa.