Archer Liquors

On to the Shipping Marketplace!Shipping_Marketplace.html


Quite frankly, and to the point, we ship what we want.  We would absolutely LOVE to take orders with a shopping cart and have the site figure out shipping and gather all the necessary info from you to complete an order, but right now we’re just too small to do that.  We put together boxes of prearranged beers that we’ve chosen (based on availability and freshness, among other factors), we put a price on that box, then post it in the Shipping Marketplace.  You can decide whether the boxes we have available are right for you. We can’t take custom orders at this time (read: don’t email me and ask for Three Floyds.  Sorry.)


We only ship to the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire (except for Ellsworth, Millsfield, Monroe, and Sharon),  New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, TEXAS, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. 


We ship via FedEx Ground exclusively.


Click the image to the left to see a ROUGH estimate of what it costs to ship a 17 lb box from us in Chicago to your location.


Ah, here’s where it gets interesting.  Typically, once we receive your order via our online form, within 24 hours or so we’ll manually plug your shipping address into FedEx’s database in order to start the process and get your shipping cost.  We’ll then email you back with a total cost of your order and set up a phone call so we can get your credit card info (Visa, MC, or Discover).  We then use our fingers (our fingers, for crying out loud!) to key in your credit card info into a terminal and run your order. We print your label, print receipts, scan the receipt (to send as an attachment when your order has shipped) and label the box.  Whew.

Sounds labor intensive, right?  It totally is.  As a result, we’ve been investigating streamlining portions of this process--specifically the credit card part.  Enter Dwolla.

Dwolla is cash-based payment network that circumvents credit card companies (and therefore credit card fees).  You can read all about it here.  The gist of it is this: you set up a Dwolla account by linking Dwolla to your bank account.  That’s it.  Now you can send money to other people or businesses with Dwolla.  I like to think of it like this: Dwolla is like a personal money robot (I call him Dwobot).  All money that changes hands happens between these robots within Dwollaworld.  For example, I owe Johnnie $20.  I fund my Dwobot. He goes and gives it to Johnnie’s robot.  I never see anybody else’s info, all I can do is trade money with my Dwobot who does the dirty work of exchanging with other people’s robots.  (I grew up on sci-fi, can you tell?)  In any case, this network is super safe (read the How Does it Work article) and actually SAFER than credit cards.  And easier.  And cheaper.  What’s not to love?

What’s all this mean?  We’d like for you to consider signing up for Dwolla to make payments to us.  Not everyone is going to be comfortable with this, and I understand that.  No big deal, can still do it the old way.  However, as an incentive, BE WARNED: we will make a few boxes that are Dwolla-only.  As in, you can only buy this sweet-ass-can’t-get-THAT-in-my-area box of beer if you pay with Dwolla.  It’s going to happen. Not on everything, but some.

We’re not eliminating credit cards.  You may still pay with Visa, MasterCard or Discover.  But some items will be Dwolla-only.  Click HERE to send your angry email.


We make boxes depending on the available resources.  Some weeks we may not have new boxes at all.  Some, we may post three new ones.  You can either check the Shipping Marketplace to see what’s new, or sign up for the mailer that’ll alert you to new stuff.


Indeed.  GO.


Sure!  Why not?  Send them my way & I’ll see if I can help.