App to begin delivering alcohol to your door

There's an app for nearly everything! Now, there's one in the D.C. that delivers alcohol right to your door.

Drizly connects consumers to liquor stores willing to deliver in Boston, New York City, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles and now D.C.

"The liquor business hasn't changed for years," said Justin Robinson, co-founder of Drizly.

Robinson said the app works best if someone has a large beer, liquor or wine order or they just don't have the time or ability to drive to the liquor store on their own.

All you have to do, explained Robinson, is pop open the app on a smartphone, confirm your delivery address, check out the inventories of participating liquor stores near you, select the items you want delivered, confirm the price - which includes the alcohol, the $5 flat rate delivery fee and whatever you feel like tipping the driver -- and then place your order.

Your order is then sent to the store who Robinson assured will deliver your beverages between 20 and 40 minutes.

Considering the topic: alcohol, one might assume that there would be concerns associated with Drizly.

When asked for their perspective about Drizly, Alcoholic Anonymous and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) did not take a stand either way.

While the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, WRAP - whose biggest concern is the sale of alcohol to minors, said, assuming Drizly and the delivery drivers follow the city's regulation policies, WRAP is OK with Drizly's existence.

Having been approved by D.C.'s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, ABRA, Robinson insisted that the same policies that apply at the liquor store, apply when the driver delivers your beverages.

"They're still scanning your ID, they're still checking if you're intoxicated or not and it's ultimately up the store and the driver to complete that sale. All the same checks that happen at the store happen at the customers door," said Robinson, who also agreed that the app could serve as a designated driver by taking a potentially intoxicated person off the road who may have otherwise chosen to make a "beer run" after they've already drinking.

Sherry's Woodley Park, a liquor store, said they've already hired two people to help with their expected Drizly deliveries and plan on reaching the customer who can't always reach them.

"They can't always get here as often as they like but they can have our inventory at their doorstep in under 40 minutes," said Ryan Wegman, Sherry's Director of wine & outreach.

Drizly, which does not actually do the delivering but connects consumers to partner liquor stores who do, will begin operating in D.C. Thursday.


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