Gone are the days of the last-minute beer run. We’re in a new world of beer delivery since many of us don’t want to go into stores at all — not even for beer.
Embrace it, because there’s nothing to hate about ordering beer online and then seeing it on your doorstep sometimes just an hour later.
Read on for ways to get your hands on a six-pack (or more), and download the KCL app and we’ll tell you the minute we see a beer deal!
1. Order beer through Drizly — if they can’t deliver it to your door, they’ll ship it.
Drizly delivers your beer within 60 minutes for $4.99, but it’s not available in every city.
Look for everything from domestic to craft beers, but Drizly also sells spirits and wine. If you’re lucky enough to be one of the 180 markets Drizly delivers to, do a happy dance. See if Drizly delivers alcohol near you.
2. Does BevMo deliver beer?
BevMo is an alcohol store that’s currently closed to walk-ins because of the coronavirus pandemic, but they deliver beer to certain locations in California, Washington, and Arizona. BevMo also offers curbside pickup for orders placed online.
You can also order beer from BevMo.com and they’ll ship it to your house if you live in California, Washington, or Arizona.
3. Buy home brew equipment for under $100 and make your own craft beer.
What better time to try and brew beer if that’s been on your bucket list? You can easily get into a home brew kit for under $100. Here are a few places to look for home brew kits, delivered to your house.
- ManCrates.com: Sure, Man Crates are technically gifts for men, but it’s also a good spot to find home brewing kits for under $100, plus get 15% off your first order.
- Love2Brew Basic Beer-Making Kit: Cabela’s has a lot of different brew kits and equipment. Everything from full kits to bottle caps and more.
- Home Brew Emporium: Delivery is available to some locations, but curbside pickup for equipment is available at the four retail locations in Massachusetts and New York.
- Ballast Point Home Brew Mart: While your home brew equipment order might take a while to get to you, you can still place an order. Plan to pay quite a bit for shipping — up to $25.
- Mr. Beer American Lager Kit: Buy this kit at Kohls.com and you’ll pay $67.99.
- BrewDemon Craft Beer Kit: Available at HomeDepot.com, and you can get free shipping!
- Northern Brewer home kits: Get a home brew kit and access to brewing tutorials and classes.
4. Use Instacart beer delivery, but be ready to pay an extra 10%.
Instacart charges a 10% alcohol delivery fee on top of a regular delivery fee ($8.99-$12.99) when you order directly through Instacart.com. Just enter your address and choose a store to order from.
It’s important to realize that it’s often cheaper to order through a store directly. But there’s a better chance you’ll get your order sooner if you go directly through Instacart.
For example, Kroger uses Instacart to fulfill and deliver orders, but you won’t pay the extra 10% if you place your order through Kroger.com (or Fred Meyer, or whatever your Kroger store is called).
Kroger’s delivery fee is about $10, but you won’t get your beer as soon. Weigh your need to have beer today with your disdain for extra fees.
PRO TIP: If you love Instacart and you think you’ll spend at least $35 on every order, consider Instacart Express, where you can get free delivery on $35 orders for only $9.99 per month. Yes, you read that right — you’ll pay a monthly fee and still have to meet a minimum order amount in order to get free shipping. But it could be worth it if you use Instacart enough.
5. Sign up for Beer of the Month Club and get twelve beers a month starting at $29.95.
Choose from one of five themed clubs like International Beer Club or “Hop-Heads” Beer Club at Beer of the Month Club.
You can choose a fixed duration for deliveries — for example, if you only want to receive two or three months’ worth of beer and then you want to cancel, you make that selection at checkout.
Or you can just keep the beer coming until you’re ready to be done.
6. Obsessed with craft beer? Join the Craft Beer Club.
Join Craft Beer Club and you’ll get 12 craft beers for $43 per month.
Each shipment features beers from two different independent, artisan craft breweries. You’ll get four beer styles with three beers of each style. Cancel anytime by calling (800) 200-2959 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Download beer delivery apps to get beer at your door ASAP.
Most of these delivery apps promise delivery within a few hours, but a few are limited in their service areas.
- Tavour: New craft beer selections are released every day on a first come, first served basis. You can buy beers one by one, or you can join a subscription service and get a six pack every month for $55 (a twelve pack every month for $90). The subscription is on the spendier side, so only do this if you can’t do a cheaper beer club.
- Swill: Get everyday beers like Stella Artois and Blue Moon delivered to your house. Swill connects you with local retailers and you pay in-app, so no money is exchanged at pickup. You can also add extras like ice, limes and more to your order.
- Saucey: Delivering beer to Chicago, Dallas, New York City, major California cities, and Washington, D.C., Saucey charges no delivery fee (although there’s a “small cart fee” if you only order one twelve-pack.
8. Consider local craft beer pickup or delivery.
Many local breweries are offering curbside pickup or delivery right now. One of my local favorites is offering six-packs for $7, much cheaper than their typical six-pack price.
Another brewery near me is offering home delivery, with slightly increased prices for beer, but still worth my while.
From home delivery to trucks parked curbside for certain hours of operation, your local breweries are throwing everything at trying to stay in business.