Birmingham-based Shipt praises new Alabama alcohol delivery law

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The alcohol delivery bill was signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on April. 12. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Governor Kay Ivey has signed into law the alcohol delivery legislation, a popular measure which allows for beer, wine and spirits to be shipped directly to consumers. 

Alabama joins more than 30 states in the nation enacting similar legislation, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Shipt Thanks Gov. Ivey and Alabama Legislature

Birmingham-based Shipt praised the new law and described how it will be enacted in the coming months, in a statement to Bham Now. 

From Shipt  spokeswoman Evangeline George:

“Consumers across Alabama depend on Shipt to get their groceries and household essentials delivered, and soon they’ll be able to count on Shipt for delivery of their beer, wine and spirits too.  This law brings more convenience for customers, expands work opportunities for shoppers, and drives business for retailers across the state – all while putting safety first with rules to help ensure deliveries with alcohol are made only to adults of legal drinking age.  We thank Governor Ivey and the Alabama Legislature for their support in expanding delivery options across the state while prioritizing safety. 


Shipt downtown Birmingham, Alabama headquarters. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“Over the coming months, Shipt will work with both shoppers and retailers to prepare for the launch of alcohol delivery.  Shoppers who wish to deliver orders with alcohol will complete a training and certification program that addresses topics like identifying underage individuals, intoxicated persons, and fake or altered identification.”

Other than allowing delivery, the bill also does the following:

  • Requires liquor drop-off to someone 21 or older who signs for the delivery
  • Does not allow delivery in dry counties
  • Allows up to 120 bottles of beer to be delivered to one customer in a 24-hour period, including no more than 2.3 gallons of whiskey or other spirits and no more than 12 standard bottles of wine
  • Businesses delivering alcohol will need a license

A Wine Shipment Bill?

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Red or White in Forest Park. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Now that the alcohol delivery bill has become law, next up is  HB 437 the Wine Shipment bill sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins from Morgan County.. This legislation allows certain wine manufacturers to ship wine directly to consumers in the state. It passed 83-7 earlier this month and now moves to the Senate for committee action.

We’ll keep a close watch on this bill in the waning days of the 2021 session.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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