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article imageAutobarman: Cold beer on tap any time, anywhere

By Anne Sewell     Sep 3, 2013 in World
Granada - Have you ever been at a music festival and queued for ages for a beer, only to be handed a warm brew? Three Spanish entrepreneurs have come up with the ideal solution to the problem.
In fact, Alfonso Vázquez Acero first came up with the idea while queuing at a music festival and receiving a lukewarm beer.
"I kept thinking to myself that there had to be a way of shortening the wait," Vázquez told El Mundo.
Vázquez, together with two other Granada businessmen, Agustín Murugarren Landívar and Ignacio Morales Aguilar, could not believe that no one else had come up with the idea of an "autobarman".
Four years and lots of hard work later, they now have the world's first automatic draft beer dispenser and it works like a charm.
Vázquez continued:
"I soon realized how beneficial the Autobarman could be for a businessman: it serves more beers in less time so there are fewer queues."
"It doesn't make employees redundant because they can be busy serving other drinks that cost more money."
"In fact you create another job because there has to be someone changing the machine’s beer barrels."
From left to right: Alfonso Vázquez Acero  Ignacio Morales Aguilar and Agustín Murugarren Landíva...
From left to right: Alfonso Vázquez Acero, Ignacio Morales Aguilar and Agustín Murugarren Landívar, inventors and marketers of the Autobarman beer dispensing machine.
Autobarman
The hardest part of the work was to get the dispenser to serve the beer with the right pressure and foam, just like your neighborhood barman.
"It's taken us years," says Vázquez. "A regular barman learns how to serve the right beer with practice and does it instinctively."
But now the Autobarman can do it just right.
According to Vázquez, the Autobarman can store two to four casks of beer. These are kept cold by a cooling coil inside the machine.
Another worry was who could have access to the Autobarman, but Vázquez says they plan to sell the device to venues and concert halls with ticket-only access.
"It won't be available in the street and minors won't have access to it," he explains.
Vázquez says that the Autobarman hasn't received much attention from the beer companies because "they don't really care how it’s served." However, he is sure the Autobarman will prove to be a success.
"We're Spaniards innovating in times of crisis, someone will be interested," he says.
Above is a video showing a test on a 25 cl "autobeer," and below is a similar test run with 100 cl:
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