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Pizza Hut may start delivering alcohol with your pizza

Pizza Hut announced its plans Tuesday to pilot beer and wine delivery in the U.S. as part of its larger commitment to providing unique delivery experiences to its customers. The pilot will begin in Phoenix, AZ with plans to expand quickly in 2018, the chain said.
Pizza Hut announced its plans Tuesday to pilot beer and wine delivery in the U.S. as part of its larger commitment to providing unique delivery experiences to its customers. The pilot will begin in Phoenix, AZ with plans to expand quickly in 2018, the chain said. PR NEWSWIRE

Gather ‘round the good stuff.

And by the good stuff, we mean alcohol.

Pizza Hut announced Tuesday it will start testing beer and wine delivery in certain cities, according to CNNMoney.

"We're excited to offer the convenience of beer and wine delivered to a customer's home," said Stacy Lynn Bourgeois, Pizza Hut's director of brand marketing, in an interview with CNNMoney.

The delivery service will debut in Phoenix with six-packs of Anheuser-Busch brands, made by Arizona-based brewer Four Peaks. The six-packs will include Bud Light, Budweiser, Shock Top and Kilt Lifter, the chain said. All options will cost a flat $10.99.

Then wine will roll out in the city in January, the chain said, but those details haven’t been ironed out yet, such as which ones to offer and what sizes.

The inclusion of alcohol may help the pizza chain in its competition with others like Papa John’s or Domino’s, which only offer water and soft drinks for delivery.

Stores will have to obtain a license to distribute alcohol, though Bourgeois told CNNMoney that many locations already have them.

Drivers with beer and wine deliveries on their routes will need to be at least 21 years old, the company said, and customers will need to show their IDs at the door.

And while it won’t be in Florida just yet, the company expects its success to expand the pilot program swiftly in 2018.

Samantha Putterman: 941-745-7027, @samputterman

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