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There are five different types of freight to consider when shipping craft beer:

  1. TL
  2. LTL
  3. DRY VAN
  5. RAIL


  • Load takes up over 16 feet to 53 feet of a trailer and/or up to 44,000 pounds
  • Pay for the whole truck
  • One truck will deliver load directly from point A to point B


  • Shipment is less than 16 feet, which is approximately 8 to 6 pallets or less
  • Transit times are slower than TL
  • Price is lower than TL since you only pay for your portion of the trailer
  • Load will be in a trailer with multiple shippers
  • Load will not ship directly to its destination, but instead will go from terminal hub to terminal hub before reaching the final destination
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Did You Know?

Not all carriers are registered to transport beer, as a special license is required by law. Make sure you chose a carrier that is licensed to transport your bee!


  • No refrigeration unit
  • Majority of dry van trailers are 53 feet long, 102 inches wide, 9 feet tall inside, and can typically haul 43,000 to 44,000 pounds.
  • Usually fits approximately 26 standard shipping pallets
  • Can be less expensive than a reefer trailer


  • Ideal for shipping products, including finished beer, that requires temperature control
  • Typically 53 feet long, 100 inches wide, and can haul up to 43,000 to 44,000 pounds
  • Most are required to carry less weight, because the empty trailer weighs more than a dry van
  • This is the most expensive way to ship beer but it's sometimes the best option


  • Can be best option for distances over 2000 miles
  • Not the most secure option for finished products or or fresh ingredients, such as hops, malt, or fruit, as rail often involves rougher rides with volatile temperatures
  • Major lines run coast to coast seven days a weak
  • If rail is the best option for your shipment, Brew Movers is able to secure lower rates with big name companies