Road Trip!: Brooklyn Bar's Fancy 'Beer ATM'

June 9, 2017


This is a video highlighting the 'Beer ATM' at Brooklyn's Randolph Beer. The beer wall has 24 craft beer taps, and works like this: you give the bartender a credit card (preferably a friend's), and they give you card that's read by the computer above the taps to keep track of how much you've drank (the taps dispense either 1 ounce, for tasting, or 12 ounces, for guzzling). When you're finished you return the card to the bartender, who then charges your friend's credit card (thanks, Greg!). Simple as that. You know I've actually seen bars with the tap-card operation before, but never on such a grand scale. Usually it was just a standard beer or two so bartenders didn't have to waste time pouring pitchers of Stella. Even those were fancy bars though, I like my bars divey. I prefer my bar experience the same way I prefer my chicken meat: dark, and with the very real possibility of getting stabbed with a knife at any moment.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Closet Nerd, who promised me a drink the next time I'm in the area, which I have every intention of collecting. It sucks the Rat closed.

  • Daniel L Charlebois

    We have one of these in Manchester, NH. It doesn't work as great as you'd think.

  • Finally putting shitty bartenders out of business.

  • JJ

    Coin Haus in SD uses the same card system for its taps and arcade games. Works great on the former, crappily on the latter.

  • Perpetual Pizza

    It's like the M&Ms store but with beer.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    who do i complain to when it eats my tokens and doesn't give me my prize tickets?

  • WhiteEagle2

    Just shake it until it dispenses beer.

  • We have one of these in Asheville, NC. It's called Pour. They give you a bracelet, instead of a card, and you pour as you like (a drop, a pint, or right into your gullet.) They cut you off at 36oz and you have to go speak to someone so they can assess your sobriety. Pretty cool.

  • Taylor Anderson

    Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC, they use the bracelets too. Plus cause it's in a big warehouse you can bring your dog and get 20% off.

  • Closet Nerd


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