One hundred and forty-six

Revelation in online shopping: you can buy beer, liquor and wine online and have it delivered to your house!

Many of us have used the infamous ‘dial-a-bottle’ at some point.  It’s late, you’ve gone to a friend’s house after work or being out, and you run out of alcohol.  You want to keep the party going, but aren’t about to get up and move to someone else’s house.  You call dial-a-bottle.  Some sketchy guy out of the trunk of his old car delivers a case of beer and a bottle of vodka for double what you would pay at the liquor store.  He looks around to see if any cops are around, you hand him cash (with a good tip, because you are pretty tipsy and he’s kind enough to deliver the booze late even though it’s illegal and he’s charging you plenty over what he paid) and he speeds off.

But buying alcohol online is new to me.  Along comes The Beer Guy.  A legal version of dial-a-bottle.  They operate only during LCBO hours of operation (no late-night deliveries from them).  They don’t mark up any prices – the same as LCBO and The Beer Store.  They deliver to the GTA, Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton, London, and even Sudbury (full list of cities they deliver to here).

Delivery charges – the minimum delivery charge depends on your city (Toronto is $10) and an overage charge of $1.50 can also apply for the each of the following:
• every 12 bottles of beer over 36 bottles of beer
• every 1 bottle of liquor over 3 bottles of liquor
• every 1 bottle of wine over 3 bottles of wine
• a required stop at BOTH the LCBO and The Beer Store

Now I haven’t actually used this service yet.  I was going to last night, but I finished work too late and as I said earlier, they are only open for liquor store hours.  But I will try it out and I’ll let you know how it goes.  There are many great testimonials on the website, if you’re weary about the company.  It seems pretty legit.

“Many house partiers are disappointed when the booze runs out. So what does a person do next?  You may want to switch to another house, or hit up a local bar or club, but finally there is a better option available for everyone. People can order more beer, liquor or spirits, or wine ONLINE through The Beer Guy, the first online alcohol delivery service. Your order will be there within ONE hour of ordering, so when you notice you’re starting to run low, go to http://www.thebeerguy.ca/ and place an order for more! It’s that simple!”

I can see how this would be great if you don’t have a car and don’t want to carry the beer or liquor to your house.  Or maybe during the winter if it’s really cold and you don’t feel like heading outside.  But how often do you run out of alcohol by 9:45pm (when the company closes most days)?  I wonder how busy they actually are?

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