Editor’s Note: Our pal and Beer & Pig reader Billy Hanley is back with another submission spotlighting a beer innovation worth your attention.
No one likes to wait, and I mean NO ONE! Whether it’s the line at Taco Bell or simply waiting for the rainy season to end so Beer and Pig season can begin, we can all agree that instant gratification is best. Personally, the worst kind of wait is waiting for the guy behind the bar to finish hip thrusting every girl there just to pour me a frothy cold glass of golden greatness. Thankfully my prayers, along with every bar-going citizen’s prayers, have been answered! Praise the Beer Gods for technology has come to save the day once again!
The Pour My Beer system is a self-service tap system that is revolutionizing the bar industry. With wall and table options, Pour My Beer is making it fun, quick, and easy to drink your favorite brews without waiting on somebody else. The whole system works on a number of allowable pours; think of it like tickets at a beer festival. Each person gets approved for two pours (through their RFID card) before a bar employee must return and approve the user for another two drinks. This keeps the user from abusing the system and allows the bar to keep an eye on all its patrons. Table options can be approved for two drinks per person so if you have six people at the table the taps will be set to twelve pours before the wait staff has to reapprove the taps. This is great if your wife is anything like mine and drinks WAY less than you.
I love half pints. The bar I grew up in understood their greatness, but fewer and fewer bars nowadays get it. Old Ox Brewery knows the importance of half pints. The beer stays colder, I don’t have to take my glass to the bathroom, and I can try more varieties as the night goes on while keeping my total intake at the same level. The Pour My Beer system has the benefit of allowing each patron to pay per ounce. Have you ever tried a beer and thought, “That’s great, but I can’t drink of full pint of that right now”? Well, now you don’t have to. You can pour as much or as little as you would like.
@Charliebrews has taught us all the importance of the calibration beer. With this system, you can cleanse your pallet with 2, 8, 10, or however many ounces you may need, without having the bartenders head explode when you ask for a half pint. You can get a taste of something new in a drinkable size, instead of just a “drop in a bucket” like some bars are known for.
I’m sure there are people out there who are thinking that Pour My Beer could be the end of the bartender as we see it; the Skynet of the bar scene, if you will. I’m here to tell you that both the Pour My Beer system and the bartender can live and coexist together harmoniously. The system is only there to expedite the beer serving, and drinking, process. What that means is while “Johnny Cocktail” is over there flinging bottles around in the air, making like it’s going to improve the taste of that mix drink that was ordered, we can mosey up to the Beer Wall and have ourselves a nice cold one in no time flat!
I mean… you can belly up to a crowded bar and wait patiently for your turn if you prefer. Maybe you want that kind of one-on-one interaction with the bartender. That’s cool. I know that bartenders have some amazing stories and, sometimes, some really good advice. But for me, if I’m out with friends, I want to spend my night laughing and shooting the shit with them. Pour My Beer will allow me to do just that instead of waiting, and waiting, and waiting.