Cold BeerOrdering alcohol from the web seems like a dream come true when you want to browse wide selections and stock up on specialty brews or unique wines, or just to get the best deal out there. You can save time compared to making beer runs to the distributor and have access to a huge variety of drinks. While you can save a bundle, consider the shipping costs to your state and look for deals on shipping, which many sites offer.

Alcohol can be shipped by mail, but most companies specify that someone 21 years or older must be present to sign for the shipment at time of delivery. A few companies allow returns and usually give information on the site. Shipment laws vary from state to state, however, and some states hold restrictions on bringing in liquor or wine. See alcohol shipment laws on WineInstitute.org and make sure you know what your state laws are before placing any orders.

Be sure to leave a comment and let us know which other sites you get liquored up on. Bottoms up!

AmericanWinery.com

AmericanWinery.com

AmarcoWines.com — This company ships wines and spirits out of Sunnyvale, CA, and offers organic wines, wine of the month club, and a variety of gift baskets such as the “Home Alone Basket” and other packages including food, coffee, and more goodies with the wine. There are no returns except for damaged goods.

AmericanWinery.com — This company is your source for buying directly from many different wineries, shipping your order straight from the source to your home. There are over 2,000 wines available on the site and there’s a $15 standard shipping fee for 1-3 bottles.

BacchusWineStore.com — Located in New York City, this company offers free delivery in Manhattan and charges for shipping outside (many states are restricted delivery, which are listed on the site). The site offers monthly wine clubs in your preferred price range, and you can shop by price range as well as get information on wine tastings and New York events.

BeerGeek.biz — “The Geek” sells specialty and quality hard-to-find brews (beer only) like English ale, wheat beer, fruit beer, micro brews, and Belgian and Czech options along with non-alcoholic beer. The beer is sold by bottle, with a six-bottle minimum order and no returns. Shipping is limited to 24 states listed on the site.

BeerLiquors.com — Whatever you need, it’s here: beer, wine, champagne, liquor, spirits, cordials, liqueurs, cigars, chocolates, jewelry, gift baskets, bar accessories, and bar furniture! This site has the “largest available” liquor and liqueur selection in the U.S. and merchants sell directly to customers via the site.

BeerMonthClub.com — Based in Lake Forest, CA, this microbrewed beer of the month club provides twelve 12-oz bottles a month of handcrafted, premium microbrews from over 1,000 U.S. and international microbreweries. The site is fun, with a Beer Fun section and food recipes using the beers.

BeerOnTheWall.com — This company prides itself on freshness and rotates small quantities of microbrews to keep this reputation intact. Based in Modesto, CA, the company sells 6 packs or 12 packs of West Coast microbrews and offers a monthly informational newsletter.

BelgianShop.com — You can order Belgian beer directly from Belgium through this company based in Verviers, so expect some time for the international shipments to arrive. Along with extensive Belgian beers (each one accompanied by a lengthy description), the site sells Belgian food products (chocolate, cheese, waffles) to accompany your brew. It also has a beer of the month club.

BenashLiquors.com — Based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, this company takes wine seriously and provides a wine guide, vintage chart, and articles on the site, which sells wine and beer and provides a newsletter for tastings and promotions. The company can offer next-day delivery, but can’t legally ship to Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

Bierkraft.com — Bierkraft is based in Brooklyn, New York, and sells over 1,000 beers including 250 Belgian varieties and American microbrews. It also highlights international and seasonal beers and sells gourmet food.

BountyHunterWine.com

BountyHunterWine.com

BottleBargains.com — Search wine by country or producer and read ratings and reviews of many wines on this Northport, NY-based site selling wines and spirits. Liquor is shipped within New York state only.

BottlesAndCases.com — On a site that looks similar to BottleBargains.com, this Huntington, New York-based company has been selling since 1990 and recently moved its inventory of wines and spirits online.

BottleTrek.com — Bottle Trek, from Eugene, Oregon, helps customers gain access to a wide varieties of craft beer; search for “distinguished tastes” and access a beer of the month club and seasonal releases, including the Oktoberfest release. There’s a minimum 6-bottle (12 ounces) order requirement and no returns.

BountyHunterWine.com — A beautiful website exhibits the professionalism of this upscale company based in Napa Valley, with classy monthly and quarterly wine clubs and Napa wine options next to Italian and Australian specialties. Browse by seasonal specialty or producer. Pricey but clearly offering quality, this company ships its spirits to California residents only.

DeanDeluca.com — This New York City-based, upscale grocery sells California wines, and has a Wine Director and wine blog to prove its know-how. There’s a “Great Introductions Club” wine package valued at $60 for the wine newcomer. The site lists what states are “self shipping,” which is where the company requires wine to be shipped via a third party.

DrinkBetterWine.com — This site sells wine only and allows returns if unopened (25% restocking fee required). The site has “flexible taste” options where it’ll discuss your preferences for its wine clubs.

EccoDomani.com — This site sells Ecco Domani Italian wine. Order online through the Barrel Room site (linked to EccoDomani.com). If you’re a fan of this particular wine, then you’re in luck for finding what you need on the site.

EmpireWine.com — Formerly Capital Wine & Spirits, EmpireWine.com offers wines and spirits online and is also opening a retail store in Albany, New York. The site includes lists of “Top 100″ wines, “Featured” wines, and “Best Value” wines, or search by winery. There are no returns.

ForScotchLovers.com — This is a fabulous and fun website with trivia, information on Scotland, and drink and food recipes using that famed beverage. You can buy over 100 different Scotch whiskeys from the site. Based in New York, prices vary for orders made east and west of the Mississippi.

GrandWineCellar.com — This site offers $9.99 shipping on any size order to New York metro areas, shipped from its location in Syosset, New York. Some items have free shipping deals, and “sampler packs” discount items that come bundled together. Wines, champagnes, and spirits are all sold and returns are accepted.

JustGrapes.net

JustGrapes.net

GreatCorks.com — GreatCorks.com is based in Danbury, Connecticut with an accompanying physical store location. You can browse by region and make a three- to twelve-month subscription to its wine club. The site includes recipes, a newsletter, and a list of staff faves and also sells accessories and glasses.

GreenwoodLakeWines.com — This online and retail family business in Hewitt, New Jersey sells wine and spirits including kosher and organic wines, and offers a vintage comparison list and top recommendations.

HudsonWineMarket.com — Along with wines and spirits, this Fort Lee, New Jersey company has a special Asian wine and spirits section with lots of sake, shochu, plum wine, and more.

InternationalWineryOutlet.com — A 50-year-experienced industry professional runs this Chestnut Ridge, New York operation featuring a full catalog of wines and spirits and a “My Portfolio” function that keeps track of your personal wine collection.

JohnsGrocery.com — This Iowa grocery store sells lots of beer, wine, glassware, and accessories from its “Breweriana Annex,” featuring a 400-plus item inventory for online shopping. The witty, well-designed website is a pleasure to look through.

JustGrapes.net — Based in Chicago, this wine shop offers “wine education” and wine tasting events. On the site, you can read the wine blog, get weekly coupons, join a wine club as well as order wine, craft beer, spirits, or sake. There’s a “Daily Deal” and “Top 15 Under $15″ list. This site has been recognized by the elite Wall Street Journal.

LaurentiWines.com — Part of a Shop Rite Liquors store, this family business in Mercerville, New Jersey claims its love of “discovering and sharing the unfamiliar and underrated” and sells wine, spirits, and beer as well as featuring a wine club and gift basket options.

LiquidSolutions.biz — This site sells “world class” beer, mead, and sake along with tea, coffee, soda, and other merchandise shipped from Oregon. You’ll have to track down what you want on this site instead of choosing from a conveniently organized list.

LiquorFactory.com — Wine, spirits, and beer of international varieties are for sale on this Hopatcong, New Jersey-based company’s website, which also offers a food and wine party planner, but no international shipping.

LiquorOutletWineCellars.com — Based in Boonton, New Jersey, this site highlights close-out prices and offers deals and free shipping on current promotions along with a wine of the month and the “best scotch selection in the state.”

NapaCabs.com

NapaCabs.com

MorrellWine.com — This Morrell family business is based in New York City and is known for its wine institute, executive wine seminars, and online wine course along with its selection of wines and spirits.

NapaCabs.comFood & Wine magazine rated this site one of the “10 Best Online Wine Shops.” It’s based in China, California, originally out of an Italian restaurant, and sells wine and spirits along with offering wine auctions, clearance sales, and extensive and clear information on its shipping locations and prices.

Overstock.com — Overstock.com sells all kinds of items, including wine. If you’re looking for a specific item this site might be helpful, especially for rare items or gift combos.

RiversideWineMerchants.com — This Bergen County, New Jersey site lists “Awesome Values” wines and sells spirits and beers as well. Events are often held at its retail store in Riverside, with information given on the site.

RiversideWines.com — This site has free shipping (FedEx ground/home delivery) from its Riverside, NJ location on all 12-bottle case orders. Returns are accepted with a 15% restocking fee. Wines and spirits are sold, and the company touts itself for being environmentally friendly.

SamsWine.com — With several shipping locations in and outside of Chicago, SamsWine.com offers international shipping for wines, spirits, and beer, including imported craft varieties, along with gourmet food.

SandCreekWine.com — Sand Creek Wine and Liquors, based in Albany, New York, specializes in New York state wines, listing great-value wines and offering a 15% discount on 12+ bottle orders.

ShoppersVineyard.com — Shipping from Clifton, NJ, Shoppers Vineyard sells wine, beer, and spirits, and the site has a “schoolhouse” with a glossary of terms and information to learn more about wine. Also check out the “Kosher Korner.”

ShoppersWines.com — There’s a wide inventory of discount fine wines and spirits, with lists of international wines, Jersey wines, California wines, and “Best Buys Under $10 Dollars,” at this Union, New Jersey-based company’s website.

ShopRiteLiquors.com — Wine, spirits, beer, cigars, and gift baskets are all offered on this site run through the Lincoln Park, New Jersey location.

WineExpress.com

WineExpress.com

ShopRiteWines.com — ShopRiteWines in Chester, New Jersey sells wines, spirits, and beer and features wines of the month. It also offers promotions with “Everyday Spirits” and “Everyday Wines” sales.

SkyViewWine.com — Get 20% off on orders of 12 or more bottles, and besides wine, there’s an extensive selection of single malts, kosher wines, and spirits. This Riverdale, New Jersey-based company also runs tastings and fundraisers and offers gift selections on the site.

Wine.com — This wine company has locations in Berkeley, California and East Hampton, Connecticut. To get into the site, you must first enter what state you’re shipping to. Wine clubs are themed (“Wines of the World,” “Discovery Tour,” “90+ Rated”) and there’s a community section where you can create and publish your own wine list.

WineBasket.com — The gift baskets available for purchase on this site run from small to elaborate and can include wine, champagne, food, fruit wines, kosher options, a “spa basket,” and occasion-based themed baskets for holidays and special events like graduations or Father’s Day. The baskets range from $20 to over $200 and ship from Clifton, New Jersey.

WineChateau.com — This company has two store locations in Metuchen and South River, NJ, along with a customer service telephone line you can call at any time for assistance. You can buy wines, spirits, and assorted gift baskets on the site.

WineCountryLyndhurst.com — A “Manager’s Favorites” list, food and wine information, and drink recipes supplement the wine selection on this site run from Lyndhurst, NJ.

WineExpress.com — The wine shop partner of The Wine Enthusiast catalog and website, this site has wine professionals search out exclusive and limited wines for your purchase, along with gift baskets and samples. Watch the unique video tastings feature.

WineUnderGroundGo.com — Working out of Englewood, Colorado, this company offers “interesting” wines, beers, microbrews. and specialty options that you can’t get “down the street.” It stresses its personal relationship with clients and offers wine and beer clubs.

WittysWine.com — A fairly undeveloped website details an extensive selection of spirits, beer, and wine for this company based out of Rahway, New Jersey.

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