Considering the adequate fluid ounces taking a deep dive at the State Capitol, this legislation makes perfect sense.
News release from Tapville Mobile:
Today, a half-decade fight to legalize self-pour alcohol machine use in the Nutmeg State is one step closer to a happy ending.
After midnight, the state’s House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill (SB 894), which the state Senate recently passed, allowing self-pour alcohol machines to be used in bars, restaurants and breweries statewide.
Mike Gallop, the owner of a Tapville Mobile Taproom franchised in Brookfield, noted that currently, Connecticut is only one of just five states–and one of the only states east of the Mississippi River–that prohibits the use of self pour technology. That’s why the House and Senate passing this bill, and Governor Lamont hopefully signing it into law, is so important.
“We’re one step closer to making safe, job-creating self-pour technology use in Connecticut a new normal,” said Gallop. “Thanks to the state Senate and House members for supporting this long-overdue measure that makes the Nutmeg State more economically competitive, creates jobs, and generates tax revenue. I hope that Governor Lamont joins the legislature in supporting this measure by signing Senate Bill 894 into law.”
Gallop also specifically thanked State Senator James Maroney, State Representative Mike D’Agostino, State Senator Kevin Witkos, State Representative David Arconti, and State Representative Dave Rutigliano for their steadfast leadership in getting the bill over the finish line.
Here’s how self-pour technology works:
— Upon arrival at an establishment, a 21 years-of-age-or-older consumer will check in with a host or hostess and open a tab.
— Then, the patron will get a Radio-frequency identification (RFID) bracelet or card. By tapping it on an iPad-style screen behind each tap, the consumer will access their account and allow the system to monitor their pour.
— The consumer can draw precisely the amount they want–a full glass, just a sip, or a flight, up to sixteen ounces–and charge by the ounce. If a patron is confused by the proper way to draw a tap, there’s a screen carefully explaining how to use it properly.
— Also, even though the consumer is controlling the pour, they’re not on their own. Tasting notes appear on each screen for those who like to educate themselves; those who would rather talk their way through a solution can ask well-versed staffers.
— Staff members frequently check in with guests, and a mandatory check-in occurs after a patron has consumed 32 ounces to ensure safety, much like bartenders monitoring over-poured guests.
“This job-creating, tax revenue-generating, customer-centric technology will play a pivotal role in the future of fast-casual,” said Gallop. “I hope legislators agree that it’s the right time for Connecticut to join the party safely and responsibly.”
The three main benefits of self-pour technology for the Nutmeg State are as follows:
1. Bolsters our state’s economic competitiveness. Self-serve technology is operating in over 340 locations nationwide. The technology is currently legal and available in 45 states nationwide, including Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Maine.
2. Empowers and protects consumers. Instead of committing to a full glass of something that they may not like, self-pour technology allows consumers to taste–and only pay for–what they pour. And, self-pour technology protects consumers by enhancing public safety. Self-pour technology objectively and automatically discontinues service to a patron upon reaching 32 ounces of beer or 10 ounces of wine. These mandated limits, in most cases, are stricter and more regulated than traditional bar service.
3. Promotes investment in our communities and their futures. Once the use of self-pour technology is allowed in our state, allowing self-pour technology will bring in at least tens of thousands of dollars in new revenue. Since the average user of self-pour technology is 32 years old, the future for this technology looks bright.
The next step for Senate Bill 894 is for Governor Lamont to sign it into law.
About Tapville Mobile
Tapville Franchising, Inc. “Tapville” is a franchisor of the restaurant, kiosks, and mobile units specializing in self-pour and self-service technology. Tapville offers franchises for brick & mortar, retail, travel, and entertainment segments. Tapville is headquartered in Naperville, IL.