Europe (Other) Shipping from France (Paris)

Discussion in 'Beer Travel, Events and Releases' started by ridglens, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. ridglens

    ridglens

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    Did a few searches, and nothing on this site and only outdated stuff elsewhere.

    Here's the situation: Wife and I will be spending a few days in Paris, and possibly taking a day trip to Brussels, this December on the way to a wedding.... but, the wedding is in Dubai (ie: I can't bring alcohol into the country). I would love to do some beer hunting/justify a day in Belgium, but would like some assurance that we can ship a box or few (if need be) before I adjust our travel plans.

    Google people seem to think that "LaPost", the French postal service, will ship boxes no-problem and even inexpensively (like 40 EU for 10-12 bottle box), but this was last stated that i found in 2010. I'm sure the prices have gone up, but as long as it's dependable/relatively hassle free, i'll be good to go. i'm still working through their website with google translate (the english page is down)

    Anyone have experience with this? I wouldn't be so opposed to shipping Fedex/UPS, but shit it's expensive, and I probably wouldn't find bottles that justify it.

    OR: any beer guys in/around Paris that might be willing to help out? i can bring beer with me, if anyone is looking for trades or i can bring thank-you beer also, just can't bring any home!

    Thanks, cheers!
    Nathan
     
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  2. zieglemt

    zieglemt

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    What ended up happening for you? I'm in a somewhat similar situation. Flying to Paris in July to go to a wedding in Bordeaux 4 days later and then flying out of Barcelona the next week. I'm not sure if a trip to Brussels is in the cards, due to the short time frame, but I am definitely going to try to make it happen.

    Were you able to ship for a decent price? Did you make the (day) trip to Brussels? If so, how? Were you able to find any good stuff in Paris?

    Thanks
     
  3. ridglens

    ridglens

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    ended up making a rushed trip to brussels... terrible day, but friggin' awesome hour at Cantillon.

    we ended up investigating customs laws a little better, and just checking an extra bag. it was a bitch hauling 20+ bottles around, but worth it.

    I think we could have shipped relatively easily, but maybe expensive. we didn't really hunt for beer in Paris, we were there Sunday/Monday and a lot of the cool beer stores i researched were closed, but i think you can generally find some good stuff if you know where to look!
     
  4. Fux

    Fux

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    Bumping an old thread just in case someone has the same concern.
    If you're in Paris, your best bet is to buy a styroshipper from La Cave à Bulles (Simon generally doesn't sell them but he got some in the shop), otherwise, you won't find a decent shipping box in Paris.
    La poste (public carrier in France) is really expensive (to the US, account for at least 10-15€ a bottle, more if you send only a few). Also note than since last year they have a 20kg limit per box (usually a 12 bottles styroshipper is in the 21-22kg...), so be careful. It's also very slow (about 15 days to reach the US).
    Private carrier are even more expensive but really faster! They also are harder to find (If you don't have a car, it will be very complicated to reach them), but I found another solution : www.upela.com, they work with private carriers but with far far lower prices (around 80€ for a 12 bottles styroshipper), you can go directly to the private carrier or give them a pick-up date (with a choice between morning and afternoon) and they come pick it up at your address (from the following day). It's highly recommended.
    If you're near Belgium boarder, prices there are lower (though I don't know them exactly).
    I don't live in Paris anymore but I happen to be sometimes there so if you have bottles to ship and don't feel confident, just let me know, I can maybe help.
    Also, note than it is not legal to ship alcohol to the US (I use to declare "verrerie de collection" which roughly means collectible glassware). For some reason, custom seems to be easier to get through with private carriers (I had packages arrive in NJ the following day and CA two days after shipping).
    Hope it helps!
     
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  5. Fluke828

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    please you or Fux tell me more...headed there in a few weeks...not necessarily looking to ship anything home, just good spots to buy some interesting stuff. How much Belgian stuff makes it to Paris?
     
  6. sacrelicio

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    I like your username
     
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  7. FEUO

    FEUO

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    Bumping old thread.
    Heading to Paris for work in October.
    Researching some shops and bars.
    I may consider skipping up to Brussels for a day but need to sort out logistics.

    Thanks for the info so far. Will be consuming while there and not planning to bring much home except via luggage.

    Will report back later.
     
  8. lambandtunaphish

    lambandtunaphish

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    Liar!

    Report back now please. Considering a trip next month.
     
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  9. FEUO

    FEUO

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    Haha, srry.
    Actually went again last week.

    Will report tomorrow.... if I member
     
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  10. FEUO

    FEUO

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    Ok.... so, two recent trips have included the following stops:

    First trip:
    Brewberry - pub with bottle shop across alley/street. Located in Latin Quarter. Decent taps of french and euro craft. Vibe in the area is very chill despite a touristy area. Lots of street meat and little bistros. I'd go back.
    La Fine Mousse - very cool pub. Small, mostly hip locals. Very nice for a date or just chillin. I'd recommend. Good taps. May have some fun bottles if you ask.
    Le Trois 8 - Paris equivalent of a metal beer bar (Local Option) but way softer. Tiny. Close to La Fine Mousse. Hospitable staff and average taps.

    Last week:
    Superbieres - bottle shop, with 2 taps. Nikko (owner and only employee?) is very nice and has a little menu of sandwiches that he will make if you make if you drink on site. Damned good, recommended. Plus he is just very cool to talk with and has good recommendations. You can also drink whatever he has available, obviously.
    Outland - brewpub with a couple guest taps. Also has bottles. Nice spot, but definitely in a part of town I wouldn't typically frequent. Although they had lots of cheese (being cut on the spot) and meats to make anyone a happy camper. Not sure I'd make the effort to go out that way again but I had a decent hotel, for once.
     
  11. FEUO

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    To confirm, I did hit Brussels on the Oct trip. Had to for Zwanze Day. ;)
     
  12. FrenchBeerGeek

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    If you are looking for anything from Paris, don't hesitate :)