A new state law allows businesses to deliver beer and wine, and some stores are already signing up. The Midtowne Market in Harrisonburg just started delivering beer and wine to doorsteps throughout the city. While the owner, Chris Straub, says it will be great for his business, there are some concerns of having this service in a college town and he will have to be careful.
"Fortunately we'll be taking just credit cards, so that way we're going to have automatically going to have two forms of ID to check when we show up there," says Straub. "The first thing, we check that person who made the order and anyone who is in the vicinity and anyone that's underage we can't do it anymore, that's too bad."
Co-owner David Miller says his delivery workers learned some obvious signals to watch for when it comes to checking a person's legal ability to purchase alcohol.
While delivering alcohol may be seen by some as promoting drinking, it does have at least one advantage when it comes to drivers on the roads.
"At the same time, we're keeping drunks off the road by going over and bringing the beer to them. So if people run out of beer, they're not going to feel pressured to get on the roads to come get it," says Straub.
"There's always going to be that 16 year old out there trying to find a way to get alcohol. We're just not going to be the ones helping them," says Miller.
There is a four-case maximum on how much beer can be delivered, and the store has to report the amount of purchases to the ABC once a month. And even though getting a license to deliver beer took a little bit of time, some paperwork, and a $65 fee, Miller believes it will be worth it.