Q: Is SWIG!’s beer, wine and alcohol delivery service legal?
A: Yes! We hired Hinman & Carmichael, LLP, the best damn alcohol attorneys on the West Coast to make sure this crazy idea was legal before we built anything. (The gentleman in the photo above is John Hinman.) And we’ve made sure that everything we build is compliant with all laws regarding alcohol sales and delivery.
Here’s the applicable California legal code:
California Code of Regulations
Title 4. Business Regulations
Division 1. Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Article 4. Invoices (Refs & Annos)
§ 17. Contents of Sales Invoices and Retail Delivery Orders.
(e) No alcoholic beverage shall leave the premises of an offsale licensee for delivery to a consumer, except pursuant to an order previously received by such licensee. Such alcoholic beverages shall be accompanied by a delivery order, which order must state the quantity, brand, proof, and price of such alcoholic beverages, and the name and address of the consumer purchaser, and shall have printed or stamped thereon the name and address of such offsale licensee. A copy of such order shall be kept on file by the offsale licensee for a period of two years after the date of delivery.
The way SWIG! complies with this regulation is simple: We send customers’ order to licensed liquor stores. The owner (aka the licensee) accepts the order, pulls the stock off the shelf and dispatches an employee to perform the delivery. The “delivery order”, in this case, is transmitted electronically to the store owner and the customer.
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