I recently decided to send a bottle of Scotch to a friend as a gift. Guess what? You Can’t Do That. FedEx, UPS and the USPS all refuse to accept packages containing alcoholic beverages. FedEx and UPS both said that a license is required to ship alcoholic beverages. The USPS simply says that alcoholic beverages are “non-mailable.”
The law varies from state to state. I knew that Massachusetts regulated direct shipments from wineries and other merchants, but I did not realize that said regulations also apply to personal shipments. Actually, it’s possible that they don’t, and that FedEx and UPS simply refuse to ship them at all because they don’t want to be in the business of figuring out which shipments to allow.