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Are you a craft beer geek? Do you like to try new, rare, and/or hard-to-get beer?? Then you need to get on The Beer Exchange! BEX is an online community for trading and buying beer from around the world.
"We believe trading beer adds value to the craft beer community because it enables people to experience beer either too limited or not distributed where they live." -BEX
You can join BEX for free by signing up with an email or linking your Facebook or Untappd accounts. Easily add bottled and canned beers to your "cellar" to keep tabs on what you have available! You can then mark beers as "For Trade" (FT) so that others in the community can see what you are willing to trade. You can also mark beers as "Accessible" which means that you may not have it on hand but you are able to get it when requested. Once you list beers as FT or Accessible you will see others who are looking for that particular beer!
Do you have a beer bucket list?? Well you are able to make a list of beers that you are "In Search Of" (ISO)! This way when people list a beer you are ISO it will match them up with you as a potential trading partner!
BEX even provides you with an extensive Packing and Shipping Guide that I highly recommend following! They do warn you that SENDING BEER WITHOUT A LICENSE IS AGAINST SHIPPING COMPANIE'S POLICIES, SO ANY TRADING YOU DO IS AT YOUR OWN RISK! Please be sure to read the Packing and Shipping Guide thoroughly!
They go on to say that it is common knowledge that beer does get traded and shipped. They recommend using FedEx and UPS over USPS though.
BEX has even teamed up with a few craft beer stores that will ship their selection of brews right to your door step. Only some states will allow the shippent of beer to consumers so some restrictions will apply.
So, if you want to get your hands on some great beer then join The Craft Beer Social on The Beer Exchange!