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Alcohol delivery program begins in Alabama

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It’s easier than ever to crack open a cold one in Alabama. Alcohol delivery may be coming to the state this month. Beer, wine and spirits can all be shipped through the program. Alabama’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board is currently reviewing applications for delivery licenses. Delivery services are expected to roll out by the end of the month.

Daniel Dye is the Public Information Specialist at the ABC Board. He said the ABC will continue to enforce underage drinking regulations.

“One of our main priorities is keeping a potentially harmful substance out of the hands of minors. We are certainly vetting the training programs that the delivery companies have submitted to us to make sure that those are in good shape, and we’re gonna work with local law enforcement as well,” he said.

Alcohol delivery is forbidden at all government buildings like schools and college campuses. Third party delivery services like Shipt will likely ship alcohol from retailers to homes. A Birmingham-based delivery service called Dippi also opened as a result of the law. Dye thinks the new program will be good for business.

“I think it’s just a matter of convenience. I certainly believe more customers are used to having items delivered to their homes, and now you can submit your grocery order and include a 6 pack of beer or a bottle of wine and have all the items delivered,” he said.

Contact the ABC’s licensing department or visit their website to apply for an alcohol delivery license.

Libby Foster is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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