March 2012

True Relief - Out-of-State Shipping is Back!

Posted by Beau Timken in 2012, March, Newsletter
As you well know it is March 2012. In March 2008 I wrote the following piece in the newsletter to inform all about the interstate shipment of alcohol policy for True Sake:

The Old News (March 2008):

Sake Bummer - The Shipping News!

We live in a free country! We practice the ideals of a free market economy! And yet, interstate shipping of alcoholic beverages is not free - at all! I will not go into great detail as to why we cannot ship sake to many of you wonderful sake drinkers. In a perfect world -
well actually in a normal world - we would be free to ship to you wherever you reside in our great country, but as is there are bucket loads of states that are playing games to protect special interests. That's it in a nutshell - they are protecting special interests. And those special interests are either state-run liquor stores or local distributors who do not want "foreign" competition.

For more on what to do within your state to expose and try to oust these special interest groups who are all acting unconstitutionally at the very least I will herewith provide some very important links to some very active organizations of people who are looking out after your best interests. Then do something about it! Send letters - send emails - send scorn to the powers that be, especially you folks in Texas and Illinois who just recently lost your rights to purchasing wine and sake from a retail stores outside of your state. Get pissed - we are!

True Sake has engaged a team of compliance officials to create an airtight interstate shipping plan that is both legal and demanding of change. Please be patient with us as we try to expedite this tedious and timely - read bureaucratic - process. Our goal is to offer sake to those legal states by April. Please visit and support the following web sites:


As you can tell I was a bit fed up. Actually I am still very very fed up with the pathetic rules and regulations that deny US Citizens an open and free market economy. So after stewing for four years we have made a decision to ship out of state once again. But because of the many compliance issues and out right laws against shipping to certain states we can only send to 18 states that are completely and totally "Clean" and have a strong reciprocal relationship with California. This same list of states is identical to the one used by the most famous retail wine store that ships wine. If they can do it - so too can we. And if you are not on the list - I am so very sorry. I say pen a letter to your local powers that be who are denying you the very simple right of drinking great sake!

18 States We Can Ship To:

By all means give the store a call, and we will walk you through an order or two.

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / California / Colorado / District of Columbia / Hawaii / Idaho / Louisiana / Missouri / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Mexico / New York / North Dakota/ Oregon / Wisconsin / Wyoming


  • We ship by UPS Ground or Air service. (By Air is required for Hawaii and Alaska.)
  • UPS requires over 21, adult signature upon the delivery.
  • Because of the instability of nama (unpasteurized) sakes we ship it via UPS Next Air service only. (Otherwise, the recipient assumes all risks of a damaged product.)
And don't forget True Monthly Sake Club, which is a great way to do some drinking with no thinking as she picks several select sakes for your monthly enjoyment.

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We cannot ship to the following states: ND, NH, UT, MS, AL, VT, KY, SD.

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