The Twins have unveiled a self-serve beer machine
ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted the picture above of the Pour Your Own Beer station that will debut at Target Field in Minnesota. The machines will serve multiple beers costing between 38 and 40 cents per ounce (which comes out to about $6 or $7 a pint) and will be accessible to customers who purchase pre-loaded cards worth $10 or $20 from a cashier (who will be responsible for checking their ID). Beyond being served by a machine, there's some novelty in being able to purchase the exact amount of beer one wants without being restricted to two sizes (customers can pour up to 48 ounces of beer every 15 minutes).
Even though it's reported that an employee will be by each machine to check ID's of those who appear to be under the age of 30 and prevent inebriated customers from purchasing beer, one has to wonder how long it will take for below-age patrons to attempt to beat the system. Regardless, if baseball purists were furious over the inclusion of instant replay, I can't imagine how upset they'll be when more and more beer vendors begin getting replaced by Rosie from The Jetsons. This is a big day for the impending robot apocalypse.