Pour Your Own: PA's First Self-Serve Beer & Wine System Opens

Fans say it's a great way to try a new beer or wine without buying the whole glass

If you've ever waited forever in a restaurant for a bartender or server to take your drink order, or wished you could taste a new beer or wine but didn't want to buy the whole glass, you'll love a new system that's come to The Clubhouse at Cool Springs in Bethel Park, south of Pittsburgh.

It's called I Pour It , and it looks a little like the self-serve soda machines in many fast food restaurants, only this one dispenses alcohol. "We're the only people in Pennsylvania to have the I Pour It system," Cool Springs' Erin Remaley proudly told KDKA's Larry Richert.

Remaley says the Cool Springs system is easy to use. Patrons show an ID and provide a debit or credit card, and they're given an RFID chip-card that interacts with the I Pour It system. Then you check out their wall of 24 taps (4 wine and 20 beers), select one, swipe the RFID card over a sensor and pour. You pay by the ounce, with prices varying from 30-cents to $1.35 an ounce, depending on the percentage of alcohol.

"We've found it gives people who want to expand into other styles of beers but are afraid to get the full 12 ounces the variety they want to expand their experience," explained Remaley. "So for me, if I want to be daring and try an IPA but I'm not sure if it's the right one for me and I just want a sip, I get a half an ounce and I only pay for that half an ounce."

"You check in and you explore. It takes all of 30 seconds." Erin Remaley, The Clubhouse at Cool Springs

The Clubhouse is currently open but they'll have a full grand opening Monday April 22 when their full menu will also be available. The Clubhouse is part of the larger Cool Springs facility, which has a 200,000 square foot indoor sports complex, a driving range, mini-golf, a fitness center and is home to Allegheny Health Network's Sports Performance Center.

(Images: IpourIt website photo gallery )

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