More Beers. More Cheers
Droofin Delivery is Reason for a Happy Dance
Droofin, (Scottish slang for “I need a drink!”) is a Norfolk-based, start-up owned by a Hampton Roads entrepreneur Kevin
Cunningham. Different from online food delivery services such as Uber Eats or Grubhub, Droofin is exclusively an online beer and
wine ordering that delivers throughout the southeastern Hampton Roads communities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth and
Chesapeake. Plans to expand to the Eastern Shore and the upper peninsula of Hampton Roads are slated for 2021.
“Two summers ago, my wife and I were sitting on the porch one Sunday, enjoying the last glass of our favorite wine when the ice
cream truck drove through,” Cunningham recounts. “She turned to me and jokingly asked why can’t there be a white wine truck?
It sparked the question in my head: How do I take what I have learned in the logistics and home delivery business for other
customers and use it to build a wine and beer delivery business?”
And, about that name, Droofin. Cunningham learned the Scottish slang while travelling in Scotland. As the story goes,
Cunningham attempted to ask directions of the local sheepherder who was completing his day’s work. The gentleman paused only
long enough to curtly reply, “Droofin!” a term the tourist did not understand. The sheepherder led Cunningham to the nearest
pub, where another shout of “Droofin!” yielded both men a pint from the bartender. The saying stuck with Cunningham since.
Cunningham jokes that, like the ice cream truck melodies, one day soon the Droofin trucks may play bagpipe music to herald the
delivery’s arrival. “But bagpipe tunes can be a little somber,” Cunningham considers. “And a Droofin delivery is a reason for a