add home brews as extras (does not count towards the 3 litre total)
find other ways to make the parcel special
To participate you need to have a minimum of 50 ratings, no negative trade feedback, and you are registered on Ratebeer for a year or longer. You don’t have to be a premium member. If you do not meet all these requirements and still want in, leave me a message and I’ll make a judgment call on it. My word is final.
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Let me know if you are willing to ship to Israel and/or non-EU European countries.
Sign up closes on Sunday January 28th and the pairings will be published within a couple of days after this.
Parcels need to be shipped on Friday February 16th at the latest.
I understand wanting to keep things simple, but shipping inside EU (for most countries) will cost me ~20-30€, compared to shipping to Switzerland or Norway that will cost me at least 90-100€… So, I guess I’m out, if this is the rule.
Because prices (and income!) vary so much within Europe, the idea is to send a minimum amount (3 litres) of beer, and not $4$. You’ll send the recipient a nice selection of (country) local beers. Most of the time this is a surprise selection. Of course, the idea is not to send crap beer or shelve turds. So ‘good beer’ is rather personal, but the idea is you send… good beer No minimum ratings or anything, no whales, just decent beer.
Also, perhaps not really clear from the initial post, it is not a one-on-one trade, but you’ll send to a different person than who will send to you. After the pairings (actually a chain-list) of people is published you can contact your sender and receiver so you can pass (style) preferences and anything particular you may be looking for. It’s up to the sender to make a selection of beers though. To prevent dupes, it’s handy to have your ratings up to date. If you have a backlog (or cellared) beers from the country you’ll receive from, it may be handy to pass a list to the sender.
The definition of “good beer” is obviously going to be pretty subjective. As there are absolutely no guidelines like the ones you suggest, people are pretty much free to use their own interpretation and put as much money and effort into it as they see fit. Inevitably, results are going to vary.
Take a look at this thread to get a pretty good idea of what to expect. As you will see, the money and effort put into the hauls varies quite a bit, it’s pretty much a lottery. Which can be quite fun, I guess, if you’re willing to take your chances.
I think the idea is that everyone pays local prices + shipping costs - which both vary a lot throughout Europe, but they also usually vary with buying power, i.e. Swedish beer is more expensive than Polish beer, but everybody knows that they send 3+l and get 3+l - roughly of course. I think everyone can check easily what 3l of unknown local beers cost and what shipping costs generally are, so it’s easy to judge whether that is worth ~3+ litres of new beer.