Refrigeration and ice machine specialist Hoshizaki has launched a new product, the self-serve and mobile Beer Station.
Developed in conjunction with Victor Manufacturing, the “innovative” Beer Station incorporates Hoshizaki’s new automatic beer dispenser – the BeerMatic Dual Tap DBF-AS65WE.
It automatically pours a pint at the push of a button, after payment has been made through an in-built system.
The unit also includes storage space for a beer keg, CO₂ cylinder and glasses in one self-contained mobile unit.
The 430 grade stainless steel structure can have either a vinyl or a magnetic wrap on the outside, allowing vendors to change the advertising.
Hoshizaki said the product is designed for use by a range of operators.
As Simon Frost, director for UK & Ireland, Hoshizaki UK, explained: “We have already received significant interest in the mobile, self-serve ‘Beer Station’ from a wide variety of operators including professional sports clubs and leisure venues who recognise the convenience and staff cost savings this innovative solution offers.
“The Beer Station can incorporate a variety of payment systems including contactless, ApplePay or credit cards and couldn’t be easier for customers to use – they simply pay for their drink, place their glass in the holder and press a button.
“Then a perfectly poured pint or half-pint is ready in just 15 seconds.”
Reflecting on the project to develop the Beer Station with Hoshizaki, Steven McGarvie, UK sales and marketing director, Victor Manufacturing, said: “Our industry has had to adapt to changes over the past year.
“One of the positive things I have seen develop is the unity and willingness of likeminded manufactures to work together on projects where both companies strengths can be fully utilised.
“With a little team work, we quickly realised that wonderful things can be achieved through collaboration, as is the case with our partnership with Hoshizaki on the Beer Station concept.”