The other day I mentioned the idea of curbside pickup on the Washington Beer Blog’s Facebook page and people thought it was fabulous. In the face of public health concerns, and the recommendations from experts to practice “social distancing,” I suggested that breweries should offer curbside pick up of growlers, crowlers and other forms of beer to go. I had not even considered the idea of beer delivery.
The question that arose, naturally, involved the legality of such practices. Is curbside pickup legal? The short answer is yes.
Well, I’ve been giving it a lot of thought since first mentioning it. Another thought was to have a pre-paid grab-n-go station where people could dash in, grab their beer and dash back out. This is a great time to be creative, within the bounds of the law, of course.
Just as I was about to reach out to the legal experts to get some answers, I received an email from Annie McGrath, the Executive Director of the Washington Brewers Guild.
Here’s the good news!
Beer Delivery Rules/Curbside Pick-Up
“As many of your look to new ways to get packaged product to your customers, we know there are many questions about compliance for direct to consumer delivery and curbside pick-ups. As you might recall, WBG worked with the Liquor & Cannabis Board on rules that allow breweries to take online and phone orders for beer and deliver that beer, using either your own employees or a third party delivery service.”
“We were also able to confirm with the LCB, in writing, that breweries may take online or phone orders/payment and bring purchased product out to a customer’s car for curbside pick-up service. Just be sure you’re checking IDs and that your product’s label meets federal labeling requirements.”
For more information about beer delivery rules compliance, you’ll have to talk to the Brewers Guild or your local LCB agent.