Pub landlord invents beer vending machine


The BBC reports that a pub landlord in Hoyland has created a vending machine that dispenses beer. The machine works on a card swipe system and allows customers to serve themselves with a half pint at a time.

Dave Barron of the Queen’s Head pub intends to start using the device over the Christmas period. He was forced to redesign the machine after falling foul of trading standards officers.

Mr Barron has a patent pending on the design and said he was not aware of any other machine like it.He said that the metering system had increased the cost of each beer dispenser to about £1,200 but now the brewery was helping him to fit three of the modified machines inside his pub.Two machines will dispense lager and one bitter.

Trading standards officers had previously told him the machine could only dispense drink in metered measures and not be free-flow.

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