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article imageFirst self-serve beer tables now in Alberta Special

By Paula Kirman     Feb 3, 2014 in Food
Edmonton - Want to pour your own beer during a night out? The first self-serve beer tables in Alberta are now in operation at a pub on Whyte Avenue.
Two self-serve beer tables at O'Byrne's Irish Pub allow patrons to cut down on their waiting time in between pints. The solution to this first world problem is by getting a digital wristband from a staff person upon arrival. The technology of the taps (there are four per table) scans the wristband and gives someone six to 10 seconds to pour their beer. Then, the tap shuts off until it is reset. Customers can see how much they have poured, and how much remains. If they want more after their two pints are finished, they can get another wristband.
"We have been a part of the Whyte Avenue community for 16 years now and we have always strived to provide a unique and enjoyable experience for our customers," says manager Cathal O'Byrne. "So, about six years ago we saw a similar set-up in Dublin, Ireland, and decided that this was the next novelty item we were going to bring in for our guests. We worked hard and with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission's approval we were able to include the pour-your-own beer tables in O'Byrne's!"
The tables started being in use at the end of January. The customer reaction to them has already been positive. "Guests have been coming in to see them daily! They are a social centrepiece, people gather around them to watch others learn how to pour the Perfect Pint, or to just explore the tables. This buds into meeting new people, great conversation and even an impromptu Perfect Pint pour off competition!!!!! Which we witnessed here last night at our Sunday Open Mic night!" says O'Byrne.
O'Byrne says that the tables fit in well at the pub. A large part of O'Byrnes is about creating a sense of community and encouraging conversation. "O'Byrne's has always focused on promoting engaging and social interaction, and I believe these tables provide another level of responsible fun and entertainment!"
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