Refrigeration and ice machine manufacturer Hoshizaki has launched the mobile, self-serve ‘Beer Station’, which has been developed in conjunction with Victor Manufacturing.
The unit incorporates Hoshizaki’s new automatic beer dispenser – the BeerMatic Dual Tap DBF-AS65WE – which automatically pours a pint at the push of a button, after payment has been made through an inbuilt system. The unit also includes storage space for a beer keg, CO₂ cylinder and glasses, all in one self-contained mobile unit.
Constructed from durable 430 grade stainless steel, the powder coated Beer Station is clad with inset stainless steel panels which can have either a vinyl wrap on the outer face or a magnetic wrap which will allow for the branding or theme to be changed periodically.
Lockable hinged doors allow access for servicing of the BeerMatic Dual Tap at the rear of the unit, and for changing empty beer kegs at the lower front of the ‘Beer Station’. As the beer dispenser has an internal chilling system, it has to connect directly to a standard keg kept at room temperature, to enable businesses with limited facilities are able to add freshly poured, chilled pints to their menus. Lockable casters should make the Beer Station easy to move and secure once it is in position.
Simon Frost, director UK and 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.”
While Steven McGarvie, Victor Manufacturing’s UK sales and marketing director, 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 teamwork, 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.”