Thanks to the DrinkDrivers website and app, the phrase “I’m making a beer run” no longer has to involve running. The delivery service will drop the hooch right at your doorstep — they even have red and blue Solo cups available, in case you’re really making a party out of things — so you can start drinking without ever leaving your couch. #win
The company launched at the University of Central Florida in fall 2013 and came to Ann Arbor last month, aiming to keep the party going while cutting down on DUIs. As co-founder Jeff Nadel has said, “We believe that getting your drink should be as awesome as drinking your drink.”
I had two different six-packs delivered to celebrate almost making it to the middle of the week. The delivery time was a little on the slow side (the company promises delivery between 30-60 minutes), but my apartment has a lot of tricky staircases and doors that look exactly alike, so the delivery man could have been lost in the freakish Alice in Wonderland-style maze out there for most of that time, to be fair.
Once my roommate and I cracked open the door, it was like we’ve never seen or tasted beer before. I’ve never been more excited to see a bottle of Bell’s in my life. This probably had more to do with our own amazement at what was basically beer-on-demand than DrinkDrivers, but still. Not bad so far.
With a flat delivery fee of $2.87, DrinkDrivers is pretty affordable, in terms of alcohol. From Bell’s to Jack Daniel’s to Andre Spumante Champagne (for the classy folks), everything seemed in a semi-reasonable price range for A2 standards. And the selection is pretty diverse — including margarita mixes, chasers, even ping pong balls. Watch out for prices with the extras though, the chasers get a little steep. I mean, $4.99 for Tropicana? Um, no.
A $15 minimum order (before delivery charge) is enforced at checkout, so if you’re solo-ing, this might not be the right move. And make sure you’re on the up-and-up as far as legality goes, as DrinkDrivers (does anyone else think this sounds awkwardly like “Drunk Drivers,” or is it just me?) does throughly check IDs.
What’s truly amazing is that no one has thought of bringing alcohol to the doorsteps of Ann Arbor before now. And while it seems like a waste to order in (even for alcohol) when the temps have finally been soaring, never doubt that Michigan weather can always get worse. And hey, laziness really knows no bounds. Why fight it?
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