Alcohol-delivery service may be coming to Dayton

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 Alcohol-delivery service may be coming to Dayton

An alcohol-delivery company called Drinkos, which promises it “makes ordering beer, wine or liquor even easier than ordering a pizza,” has applied to do business in the Dayton area.

The company, which opened a Cincinnati location last fall and is seeking to expand nationwide, filed an application for a liquor license from the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control this week, according to state records.

Amanda Cothrel, spokeswoman for Drinkos, said this morning that the company is “definitely planning to launch” in the Dayton area, although there is no precise timetable yet as the company navigates the licensing process and works to redesign its web site and develop an app for the site.

The address listed by Drinkos on its liquor-license application is in The Greene Town Center, but Steve Willshaw, general manager of The Greene, said this morning that the business owner is an office tenant only. Drinkos will not have a storefront or any other type of retail presence, and will not have any beer or wine inventory, in the business office or anyplace else on The Greene’s property, Willshaw said.

Here’s what Drinkos said about itself in a Sept. 18, 2014 press release about the opening of its first Cincinnati location:

“Drinkos is the natural evolution of delivery services … no longer does the party have to be put on hold while the beer is restocked. Poker games will never be interrupted again. And the service is great for office happy hours when everyone wants to cut loose after a long work week. Drinkos makes ordering beer, wine or liquor even easier than ordering a pizza … .”

The release notes that a delivery charge will be added to each delivery bill, and Cothrel said delivery will take about an hour. The release also says, “IDs are required at the time of placing an order and at the time of delivery to verify legal drinking age, IDs are scanned using a third-party ID verification system.”

Cothrel said the company intends to partner with stores that sell wine, beer and low-powered spirits, and the stores would employ drivers. The company would ensure drivers are trained to spot fake IDs and would not deliver to people who are clearly intoxicated. Long-term plans call for Drinkos to store products in its own warehouse and to employ its own drivers in states where such an arrangement is allowed, she said.

A product list on the company’s web site includes beer, wine, and low-powered, packaged spirits/cocktails. Cothrel said it is not legal in Ohio for the company to deliver full-powered spirits of greater than 42 proof.

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