7th Annual BeerBQ Swap!

Glory be!  It's that time of year again.  So put that mower away and quit doing all that crap your wife told you to do!  Cause it's time for beer and dead animals 😎

This will be our first year hosting the event on Craftisian but it's been an event many of us look forward to on another site for quite a while.  We did a total of six over there and hope to have many more here!

So what is this and why is it hosted on a site for craftsmen/craftswomen instead of on a beer or food-centric site?  Because we crafty folk like a little extra with our sustenance!

This swap evolved from the many conversations we had about beer in various threads for other swaps.  I realized we had a good number of folks who had more than woodworking in common.  We also appreciate the skill of craft in other arenas.  Including brewing that sweet, sweet nectar of the gods - BEER.  So out of that common bond, the Beer Swap was born.

But then during the Beer swaps, the subject of what to consume in addition to beer inevitably came up.  And we found that a lot of us also shared a common interest in cooking in various forms.  But specifically, it seems like grilling and smoking go hand-in-hand with beer for a lot of us 😀  So last summer, we expanded the Beer Swap to include other things you can put in your mouth (quit giggling).  So now in our 7th year, we embark on the second Beer and Barbecue Swap which is the first to be hosted on Craftisian.  So for simplicity, this is the 7th Annual Craftisian BeerBQ Swap!!!

For some ideas of things made in years past:
2022 BeerBQ Swap
2021 Beer Swap
2020 Beer Swap
2019 Beer Swap
2018 Beer Swap
2017 Beer Swap

So I know what your thinking.  "Okay Ken, my mouth is watering now.  What can I do about it?"  Well here's what I find to be a good remedy - find a bunch of other hungry, thirsty and crafty-type folks and have a big-assed potluck of beer and goodies!

So if you choose to participate, here's what we're gonna do:
  •  You'll send a six-pack of beer and some sort of "accessory" to your recipient who will be assigned randomly. You are responsible for packing and shipping to your recipient. Remember bottles are breakable so please pack accordingly.
  • Before signing up, please do a little Googling on how to ship beer and what the restrictions by different shipping companies are. You'll be responsible for shipping and I won't give any "legal" advice on the issue so please know about it.  If you have questions, you can DM me.  But do it BEFORE you sign up.  I don't want to hear "my mailman said he can't take my box of beer" when it's time to ship 😉
  • The goal is to send your recipient something they can't run down to the corner store and buy. We don't need Budweiser or Miller Light being shipped all over the country. So pick some beer that is brewed local to you or near you that isn't distributed nationally IF YOU CAN. I know there are some locations where there may not be any craft breweries. In that case, just go to the store and try to find something you think is unique and not mass-marketed.  And since I just mentioned Budweiser... we're here for the beer.  I don't give a rat's ass about the politics or morality of any of it.  So keep that crap on Twitter and out of my thread please.
  • The "accessory" is completely up to you and your creativity. Coasters, bottle openers, mugs, totes, beer-dispensing hats, the list goes on…. And  the scope is even broader.  Your "accessory" doesn't have to have anything to do with beer if you'd rather go in the direction of heat and meat! Grilling tools, food prep accessories, knives, eating utensils, and on and on…Just try to squeeze a little wood in there if you can since we are all a bunch of woodworkers. But this is for fun so there really are no rules ;-)
  • YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE THREAD TO PLAY! I'm very serious about this. I will drop you from the participation list faster than a drunk daddy with an ugly baby if you don't check in at least once a week. That means post a comment in the thread. Even if it's just "I'm still here and I'm working on my project." You need to post it. I think if you embrace the banter and participate regularly you'll have a good time and make some new friends though. If you're sensitive or can't take a joke though, you should probably just move on along. This is not the swap your looking for (in obi-wan's voice).
  • If you are new to our swaps I will require that you send me a picture of your completed project that you are ready to ship ON TIME - see dates below before your sender ships your package. Since there is no progress picture in this swap, this will ensure that everyone that ships a package on time receives one on time as well. Swap veterans can ignore this. Swap veterans will also know exactly why I'm doing this. I will NOT e-mail you or PM you a reminder if you don't provide this. Sorry but we're all adults. If I don't get this picture from you ON TIME, you will be dropped from the list and your recipient will be re-assigned to your sender. So PLEASE keep up with the deadline dates below and e-mail or PM me IN ADVANCE if there is an issue. I will work with you AS LONG AS YOU COMMUNICATE AHEAD OF TIME. 

Other Stuff:
  •  If you want to play and don't drink alcohol or have health issues that affect what you can receive, then no problem! Just MAKE SURE when you send your registration e-mail you tell me what you can or cannot have. I will make sure your sender knows and understands. So if you are a diabetic who doesn't drink, no sweat! We'll get you some diet soda or sparkling water or something.
  • No other special requests please. Let's not make it hard to try to shop for beer because your recipient only likes bottle-conditioned German wheat beers that have 8.2% ABV and only comes in 19.476 oz plastic cans. If everyone adheres to Rule 3 in the last section, you'll get good quality beers and get to try something new.
  • But, by all means, make use of this forum to discuss interesting beers and what you like or don't like. I know I've gotten some good recommendations of beers to try through casual conversation many times and ended up finding something I loved.
  • When you post your project, please use the tag beerbq swap 2023 
  • For shipping reasons, unfortunately, we're going to have to restrict this to participants in the continental US. Sorry to the rest of y'all :-( Please feel free to play along at home though! Make yourself a nice new beer-guzzling or flesh-roasting accessory and show it to us when the rest of us reveal our swap packages!

To sign up:
Shoot me an e-mail at lumberjocks.summer16swap at gmail dot com
Your email should contain:
  1. LJ username
  2. Real Name
  3. Shipping Address
 You'll receive an e-mail from the same address assigning your recipient and their address and information.

If you're participating, send me an e-mail at the above address by Monday 7/17.
I'll send out recipient information the following Friday 7/21.
First time swappers MUST send me a picture of their ready-to-ship project by midnight EDT on Monday 8/21
Please ship your package no later than Monday 8/28 .
We'll post reveal pictures on Tuesday 9/5 or sooner if everyone receives theirs earlier.

I'll keep a list of participants below. If you send a registration e-mail but I don't put your name on this list in a day or 2, PM me or send another e-mail. Thanks for playing, let's have some fun!

HokieKen  SR
pottz SR
RyanGi SR
GR8Hunter SR
Dan B  SR
George West  SR
duckmilk  SR
Lazyman  SR
mikeacg  S
Dewberry Woodworking SR
Keebler   SR
Kelley Crafts  SR
Steve Rasmussen SR
Woodmaster1  SR


2159 Replies

I got dibs on first post!!!!  Looking forward to the swap and what all of you creative guys come up with.

Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

kenny put me down, what ya waitin for ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

rich you need to be in man. this is the swap of swaps buddy.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Gotcha pottz.  I have two different addresses for you and can't recall which one you want me to use.  So shoot me a PM with the correct one.
I’m in!  Email sent…

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

sent kenny.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Welcome aboard Ryan!  Feel free to bring a bottle of that Aberlour home as a bonus item 😎
so are we expanding to a beer/bourban/bbg swap ? 😁😁

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Aberlour is Scotch😉  And beer will always be the star of the show but I wouldn't kick some good bonus whiskey out of bed! 
I'll play along at home - and lose that e when talking about Scotch ;)

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Howdy, this one will be tight since I'll be out of state the week before shipping. I also won't be able to get some components until late July, but I'll do my best.

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

just get in duck you know adjustments can be made as to the reveal. kenny has always accommodated when needed. hell remember i was banned in the middle of a swap and we still got it done.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Made it over here to watch more than likely. If you come up with another non-drinker I may be tempted to get involved. 
I'll try to keep up with the antics. 


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hey dont worry about the beer, just ask for soda or tea or whatever if you dont drink. dont let that keep you out.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

I done joined Pottz, no worries. I already have an idea (which is very unusual for me) but execution is another large component nagging my feeble mind.

Clieb, no problem, in the past a non-drinker has joined and received non-alcoholic beverages and sent beer to his recipient.. Let us know what you like.

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

good to hear duck, its gonna be a great swap in our new home !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

I'll only join if I get Pottz and I can send him a bench plane
kenny you heard him ! make it RAIN !!!!!! corelz enough watching and lurking buddy, time to put up or ..............! hey ya get beer man ! 😎

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Ken, just sent the email…sign me up. First time, sounds like good entertainment.

For clarity….I do drink beer.