Table taps are not illegal in Georgia. Some genius no doubt sent from Heaven has come up with a system where people can have their own beer taps at their tables in restaurants. That is just wicked awesome.
“It turns out the law supports it. It’s the same as putting a pitcher of beer at the table, and it actually increases monitoring,” says Jeff Libby, the 26-year-old who patented the system.
His concept is simple. Taps boasting two beer spouts are built into tables dotting Atlanta’s swanky STATS sports bar. Each is hooked into a cooler of kegs in the bar’s basement through a network of tubes and pipes.
To fly with state officials, serve-yourself beer had to include some built-in deterrents.
A waitress must first check IDs before turning on the tap. When the digital ticker counting each ounce hits 180 – or about three pitchers – the taps shut off until a server comes by to check on the table. Bigger parties keep servers running back and forth fairly often, while it’s rarer for smaller groups to hit the limit.
Each tap has two spouts offering a selection of the bar’s more than a dozen beers, including Miller Lite, Guiness Stout, Newcastle and a house brew called Numbers Ale. Customers can only pick which taps they get by reserving a private party table.
To use the taps, diners simply reach into the middle of the table and pull the lever to get as much – or as little – beer as they’d like. Meters and valves monitor the flow and instantly display how many ounces the table has tapped.
I’m thinking I need to have a Peach Pundit field trip to STATS to check this out.