Shipping Entries and Packing Tips

  • All Whiskey/Spirits should be sent in  500ml – 750ml bottles.  Two bottles per entry.
  • Can Cocktails – 3 cans per entry
  • All Whiskey/Spirits must arrive between March 20th – March 29th to be judged. If you need a couple of extra days, let us know.


Ship Whiskey/Spirits to:
U.S. Open
C/O Dow Scoggins
4796 Somerville Road
Oxford, OH 45056

Canadians May Ship to:
Niagara College Teaching Brewery
135 Taylor Road S.S. #4
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Attn: Jon Downing
Phone: (905) 641-2252 ext 4088 or 4099
Entries must arrive between March 18th – March 25th 

The following information is to be put on all bottles(Please use clear packing tape to attach to bottle):  Labels for each entry are attached to your registration form. If you did not receive one. please email or call Dow Scoggins to send you a new registration form.

Distillery Name: ______________________________________
Whiskey/Spirits Name:___________________________________________
Category Name: _______________________________________
Category Number: _____________________________________
Additional Info:_________________________________________

Attach Label information on back of the bottles. Then, if your entry wins a medal, we can use the bottle  in a photo.

Use FedEx or UPS to ship samples
Do not ship through the United States Postal Service (USPS) – It is illegal to ship liquor through the USPS. Always use FedEx or UPS.

International Distilleries
The U.S. Open Whiskey Championships can not receive entries directly from distilleries outside the United States.  International Breweries must use an importer or find other ways to get their entries into the U.S.A.  DHL also does not allow alcohol to be delivered to Ohio.   Please check with your international shipper to verify the shipper is allowed to ship to Ohio.

Tips on how to ship liquor
Use a sturdy double-walled box, or put one box inside another.
Use plenty of filler material. Packing peanuts and bubble wrap work best.
Make sure no glass is touching.
Make sure nothing moves when you shake the box.
Use styrofoam wine shippers for the best and easiest way to ship.
Write fragile on the box (though I’m not convinced this makes any difference whatsoever)
Write “liquid yeast samples” on the box (sort of true).
Ship liquor via UPS or FedEx using an online account and print your shipping label at home. Don’t use USPS.