(CBS) — A dramatic innovation in the beer world is expanding in Chicago.
As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, new technology allows you to be your own bartender at a “pour your own” tap room.READ MORE: Search Continues For Hennessy, The Cat Who Survived Miraculous Six-Story Jump From Burning Apartment
Tim Enarson and Erik Swanson have developed an appreciation for beer’s Old Word roots while travelling the world.
Modern technology is allowing them to share it with the rest of us — as long as you pour your own.
Their Navigator Taproom in Logan Square allows guests to serve themselves some 50 varieties of beer.READ MORE: Chicago Restaurants Navigate Loosening COVID-19 Restrictions During Bridge Phase
On tablets above the taps, guests read up on a beer’s honeylike sweetness or spicy notes. They next swipe a tab card and select the beer of their choice. Software tracks how much is poured. Customers pay by the ounce.
“In fact, a lot of people try just two ounces of this and three ounces of that,” Enarson says.
The software also limits drinkers to 32 ounces at a time, so that proprietors can make sure no one is being over-served.MORE NEWS: Convicted Man Fighting To Have Case Reheard After Jailhouse Confession Removes Evidence In A Murder He Says He Did Not Commit
Self-serve tap rooms have popped up across the country. Chicago is considered a craft-beer epicenter.