BrewDog may start using drones for delivery in the UK - after confirming trial in America

Drone delivery may soon be used by the Scottish brewing company.

Published 22nd Jun 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

BrewDog is set to launch a beer delivery service using drones in Ohio, and is looking into a UK version if successful.

Posting on their social media, the BrewDog team said: "In July, we will start using drones to make socially distanced beer deliveries to various locations on our 42 acre Columbus campus.

"And we are exploring using drones as the next stage of our BrewDog Now delivery service here in the UK."

The Columbus trials will be on Sundays next month, with plans to use the service in the UK, Dublin, Berlin and Brisbane.

Currently BrewDog are offering customers an online web shop for ordering beer for delivery as well as fresh pints collection from their bars.

Co-founder James Watt added that he had been working on the drone plan this weekend.

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Drone delivery in action

Already used by businesses like Amazon, drone delivery provides a contactless, fast service.

Back in February the technology was trialled by Just Eat who set up their first delivery drones at University College Dublin.

The online ordering app teamed up with Irish drone company, Manna Aero, and the firm provided a drone that Just Eat believed could deliver orders "in three minutes" from ordering.

Last year Uber tested drones to deliver McDonald's meals in America.

In the future, drones could be instructed to land atop of a parked vehicle located near each delivery location through QR code correspondence, the firm said.

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Drones have also been used during the current global pandemic to transport medical supplies between hospitals in Oban and Mull.


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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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