Whitmer Signs Bill to Allow Self-Serve Taps in Bars & Restaurants
Soon, restaurant and bar patrons will be able to pour their own beer.
Just recently, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, sign Senate Bill 656 into law. This particular bill amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code of 1998. Bar and restaurants throughout Michigan will now be allowed to install tabletop and wall-mounted taps for customers to use.
Bar and restaurant patrons will now be able to pour their own drinks at these self-serve taps with the use of prepaid key cards. However, with great power comes great responsibility so don't just think you can run up and fill a bucket with beer or drink directly from the tap. The self-serve machines will have a limited amount of alcohol that can be dispensed in a single order.
The self-serve machines will only be set up to dispense 96 ounces of liquid in each prepaid order. On top of that, drink sizes will also be limited as well. Each machine will be set up to serve no more than 16 ounces of beer, 12 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of a mixed spirit per serving. So don't think you'll be able to walk away with a massive beer stein. You'll have to take it one pint at a time. Trust me, you'll be fine. Also, don't plan on ordering shots either as the self-serve machines will not dispense straight spirits.
I really hope a few of the bars in my area will install some of these. I'm not saying I would use them all the time, but I think it would be a fun thing to do with friends on a night out.