A beer delivery startup that uses GPS to track beer shipments is about to enter the Chicago market.
The company, Brewster’s Delivery, plans to open its first Chicago location next month.
Brewster, a delivery startup, will use GPS to deliver beer and other goods to customers in the city’s Loop neighborhood.
In a video posted on Brewsters Facebook page, Brewsters founder Alex Zorak talks about the company’s goal of “driving beer delivery to the masses.”
Brewster is launching the Chicago location as part of a partnership with the Chicago Beerworks, a nonprofit organization that provides small businesses with a wide range of products to sell in Chicago.
The startup will also be partnering with the city to expand its delivery service.
In August, Brews delivery service will be available in the Loop and South Side.
Chicagoans have already been able to order beer using BrewsterS.
But it’s not just the city that Brewster will be able to serve.
The delivery service has already received approval from the Chicago Public Health Department to serve residents in the South Side and in a new area of the city.
Brewsters co-founder Alex Zomorowski, left, and business development manager Matt McConville at a launch party in Chicago earlier this year.
(Joe Burbank/Bloomberg News) Zom orzak says the service will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a minimum of 15 people in the car.
It’s designed to work as a stand-alone business.
Zoraks company, which has raised more than $40 million in funding, aims to become the first delivery service in the country to have a presence in both the city and the suburbs.
“We’re not going to take over delivery,” Zomorski said.
“It’s going to be a partnership.”
The startup is using a smartphone app to send out alerts when a customer arrives at the delivery location.
Users can also opt to receive alerts from a map.
A beer can be delivered to a user at Brewster or another location via an app.
The Chicago Beer Works is partnering with Brewster to expand the service, bringing the number of locations to 10.
Zom Orzak said Brewster would partner with the business development company, McConvill, to develop and test the service.
The partnership will be one of the first in the United States to offer a service that uses the GPS data from an iPhone or iPad.
The beer delivery service also is in the midst of expanding its business model.
The craft beer industry has been growing rapidly over the past few years.
According to the Beer Institute, the industry saw a 5.9 percent increase in volume in the first half of 2016, up from 1.6 percent growth the same period a year earlier.
Breweries are trying to expand their operations to expand sales.
In December, the Brewers Association, the trade group for the industry, released a report that said the craft beer sector was the most profitable in the U.S. by volume.
Brews has grown its business to about $2.8 billion.
Zotak said the company hopes to expand distribution in the coming months.
“If you’re a brewery, it makes sense to start expanding your business to Chicago,” Zorakis said.