Alcohol delivery app Thirstie launches in Austin during SXSW

Thirstie is the latest alcohol delivery app to launch in Austin with the promise of helping to bring booze straight to your door in under an hour.

Thirstie is the latest alcohol delivery app to launch in Austin with the promise of helping to bring booze straight to your door in under an hour.

In less than a year’s time, Austin has gone from having zero alcohol delivery apps

Thirstie joins BrewDrop, an Austin-based app maker that debuted the concept of an alcohol delivery service to Central Texas last spring, and Drizly, arguably the most well-known of these boozy delivery services in the U.S. that arrived in town last fall.

They all work pretty much the same way, since they have to follow strict state and federal alcohol laws.

And as the three apps guarantee, the delivery will take place within an hour after you place the order.

So far, only one of the apps seems to have partnered up with enough liquor stores to be a citywide service, however. I tested all three of them BrewDrop, Drizly and Thirstie all immediately prompt you for your address or zip code so they’ll know which lists of available beer, wine and spirits selections to pull up and only BrewDrop currently extends into 78750, my West Austin zip code. Alcohol delivery is mainly for Austin’s core, at least for now.

But Thirstie does have something special up its alcohol-soaked sleeve: The app (which unfortunately has a $30 minimum order requirement) also serves up cocktail recipes based on what you are buying, according to a press release.

And throughout this week, if you visit thirstie.com/sxsw, you’ll get “a complete bar experience (on) your smartphone with hyper-local Austin-centric tips for drinks, bars, bartenders  you name it,” according to the press release. “Just take out your smartphone, answer three quick Qs, and the app will determine what flavors and types of drinks you will personally enjoy plus the recipes to create them at home or in your hotel room. With a few more screen taps, sit back and wait for that delivery.”

The site, which features a nice roster of articles about Austin’s drinking scene in addition to the cocktail generator, looks relevant throughout the year and not just during the festival. To download Thirstie, visit your Android or iPhone app store or go to thirstie.com.


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