Pizza Hut is one step closer to the delivery of pizza and beer, after the Plano, Texas-based chain said on Tuesday that it is expanding its beer delivery test this month to nearly 100 locations in Arizona and California.
The beer will be delivered in a custom cooler designed to deliver the beverages cold.
“Nothing complements an oven-hot pizza like an ice-cold beer,” Zipporah Allen, chief marketing officer for Pizza Hut, said in a statement. “In addition to our extensive delivery network, many Pizza Hut restaurants are already licensed to serve and distribute beer, without third-party services, additional fees or extended wait times.”
Pizza Hut is one of several restaurant chains experimenting with alcohol delivery. But it is one of few pizza chains taking this step. Most of the companies that are testing beer or wine delivery are casual-dining chains looking to recover lost sales as more customers order takeout.
Pizza Hut started testing alcohol delivery in Arizona last year and expanded it to additional locations in January. The company made it clear late last year that it plans to quickly ramp up the service.
The chain is offering free delivery in some Arizona markets in partnership with MillerCoors. People who order a six-pack of Coors Light, Blue Moon or Miller High Life with their pizza will have the delivery fee waived. The orders have to be placed through the chain’s website or mobile app.
Pizza Hut offers delivery in some locations in Phoenix, Tucson, Glendale, Prescott, Winslow and other areas in Arizona. In California, beer delivery is available at locations in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Riverside, Sacramento, Santa Barbara and Santa Clara. It will roll out soon in Anaheim, Fresno, Huntington Beach and Redding later this month.