News Flask! News On Booze:
Coming Soon to Your Front Door: Beer!
You’ll never have to drive to the store again in search of beer. It will now come to you. Buffalo Wild Wings just announced it will offer alcohol delivery in California from 19 of its locations, and they aren’t the first retailer, restaurant, or online e-tailer to offer this service. It’s the wave of the future. Soon we won’t have to go out to buy anything and you can have alcohol delivered to your front door.
Buffalo Wild Wings tested a beer carryout program last summer in some of their Ohio and Wisconsin locations, and this year decided to give delivery a shot. BWW allows customers aged 21 and over to add alcoholic beverages to their orders; customers can build their own six-packs. DoorDash provides the delivery. Right now the program is limited to a few areas of California, but they hope to roll it out in additional markets soon.
Some of BJ’s Restaurants California locations began delivering six-packs of beer and bottles of wine along with their food orders last year. They offer 25 different types of wine and five varieties of canned beer to customers. These orders can be via DoorDash or through BJ’s directly.
Last September, TGI Friday’s started the same type of program. They started their program in Texas, and plan to roll it out nationwide this year. With Friday’s, you can add alcohol to any of your food deliveries. However, the alcohol you order doesn’t actually come from Friday’s stock. Instead, it is delivered by Lash, which is a Dallas-based food and alcohol delivery startup. Lash drivers stop at the local liquor store and pick up whatever you’ve added to your order.
Pizza Hut also started delivering alcohol at the beginning of 2018, and currently they just deliver in Phoenix, Arizona. Customers can choose to order six-packs of Anheuser-Busch brands, including Kilt Lifter, made by the Arizona-based craft brewer Four Peaks.
And restaurants aren’t the only ones getting into the alcohol delivery business. Both Boxed.com and Amazon (via their ‘Amazon Prime Now’ service) have started selling booze online and delivering it to your door. Amazon Prime members can get two-hour delivery in certain areas.
Plus, apps like Saucey, Thirsty, MiniBar, and Drizly will deliver in certain zip codes, and Grubhub will deliver alcohol with food orders. There’s really no need to leave the sanctity of your own home when you need beer! Or groceries, or books, or paper products…and on and on.
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