Alcohol delivered to your front door
If you are taking an online culinary course, you're probably going to see alcohol in your list of ingredients at some point. In some situations, alcohol can be difficult to procure. There are age restrictions, dry counties and different laws for the sale of alcohol as opposed to other ingredients. Alcohol can be an essential ingredient to cooking and a delightful addition to a gourmet meal. It seems some of the stigma is falling away from alcohol. In the near future, you may be able order a bottle of wine as easily as a pizza.
More states allowing alcohol to be available for delivery
Purchase of alcohol is getting easier across the country. WTOP reported on a new Washington, D.C. law that has just been passed allowing wineries and distilleries to sell their alcoholic products on-site like breweries. The Grand Forks Herald reported North Dakota citizens will now be able to purchase alcohol an hour earlier on Sundays. It seems all around, alcohol laws are getting more permissive.
Just recently the governor of Tennessee signed a bill making it legal for third-party food delivery services to deliver alcohol to their customers. This means sites like GrubHub can acquire alcohol from locally licensed vendors and include those beverages in home deliveries. The Tennessean stated this legislation comes about a year after the state started allowing packaged liquor stores to make deliveries.
Some restrictions do apply to the new Tennessee law. Delivery drivers will be held to higher scrutiny and companies have limits on how much alcohol they can serve. Drivers must be over 21, pass a criminal background check and demand to see valid ID when delivering alcohol. Companies can only deliver a single gallon of alcohol per customer and 50 percent of the order's gross must come from food purchases. Lawmakers indicated they did not want to turn this into a booze delivery system.
New alcohol delivery options
Alcohol delivery services are popping up in regions that don't have these restrictions. Grocery stores and other culinary retailers are able to deliver alcohol to their customers in certain states and there are websites and apps that allow customers to order wine, liquors, beer and mixers unaccompanied by food.
People in New York, Chicago, and Dallas can have drinks delivered to their door thanks to alcohol delivery services like DrinkFly. Alley Watch reported Thirstie, an alcohol delivery startup, just raised $1.1 million from investors and plans to use the money for national expansion. Some businesses are region specific. Lash delivers alcohol to the greater Dallas area. Dallas Eater featured Lash in a recent article and focused on how it's not just a third-party delivery coordinator like some companies. Lash has its own fleet of branded vans designed to provide optimum customer service.
A unique customer experience seems to be the goal of newer alcohol delivery options. Simply Wine based out of Jacksonville, Florida, does just what its name implies, it only delivers wine. It has wine information and flavor profiles on its website to help customers choose which one is right for them. Every bottle is under $20 and every wine comes with a money back guarantee.