UPDATE: FAA Grounds Wis. Brewery’s Proposed Drone Delivery


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Is it a viral ad or is it the next big thing in brewski?

Last month, Amazon announced it was testing out drones to deliver packages. Now a Wisconsin brewery is apparently trying out the idea for itself.

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According to a video posted on YouTube, the folks at Stevens Point-based Lakemaid Beer are testing out the new technology on Lake Waconia.

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Ice fishers put in a request for brews, and a drone flies it out to them.

The company plans to test the beer drones on Mille Lacs next, but there remain a few kinks they still have to work out, like for instance how to check the ID of buyers.

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The Fort Mill Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration also restricts the commercial use of drones by small businesses, but may issue new regulations by 2015.