MI OKs beer and wine dispensers for bar, restaurant and hotel guests

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3 3 A NEW DECISION OUT OF LANSING MAY HAVE YOU RAISING YOUR GLASS. IT’S NOW LEGAL FOR BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND HOTELS TO LET YOU HAVE CONTROL OF THE TAP RIGHT AT YOUR TABLE.. TABLE.. BUT SOME WEST MICHIGAN BUSINESSES DON’T PLAN TO áTAPá INTO THE CHANGE. 24 HOUR NEWS 8’S MARVIS HERRING TALKED TO STATE OFFICIALS AND LOCAL BEER GURUS ABOUT THE CHANGE, MARVIS? 3 THIS DOESN’T MEAN BOTTOMLESS DRINK, BUT IT COULD MEAN NEVER WAITING FOR A SERVER TO BRING YOU YOUR NEXT BEVERAGE… BUT THAT’S NOT SOMETHING BUSINESSES LIKE CEDAR SPRINGS BREWERY ARE REALLY LOOKING FOR. 3 DAVE RINGLER/OWNER, CEDAR SPRINGS BREWERY I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY PROBLEM WITH IT I JUST DON’T THINK IT’S A FIT FOR WHAT WE DO.IF YOU ASK DAVE RINGLER HIS TITLE HE’D TELL YOU HE’S THE DIRECTOR OF HAPPINESS OF CEDAR SPRINGS BREWERY- HIS OFFICIAL TITLE IS OWNER.HE’S SEEN THE INDUSTRY TRANSFORM SINCE THE LATE 80’S. DAVE RINGLER/OWNER, CEDAR SPRINGS BREWERY LOTS OF CHANGES.ONE OF THE LATEST CHANGES WOULD BE THE STATE NOW ALLOW THESE AT RESTAURANTS, BARS, AND HOTELS THAT RECEIVE A SPECIAL LICENSE. LICENSE.THE MICHIGAN LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION APPROVED THE THE NEW RULE EARLIER THIS MONTH.THE TAPS AT THE TABLE ARE DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO THE BAR AND BUSINESSES WITH A SPECIAL LICENSE CAN SERVE UP TO 96 OUNCES OF BEER OR WINE PER SINGLE ORDER.THE SYTEM IS MOSTLY ALL MONITORED BY COMPUTER- A SYSTEM THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY WORK FOR RINGLER.DAVE RINGLER/OWNER, CEDAR SPRINGS BREWERY WE WANT OUR GUESTS TO HAVE CONTACT WITH THEIR SERVER OR THEIR BARTENDER BECAUSE THAT ENGAGEMENT REALLY A LOT OF TIMES IS ABOUT EDUCATION AND TALKING ABOUT THE BEERSWORKERS STILL CHECK FOR I-D’S AND RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CUT UNRULY DRINKERS OFF A LITTLE EARLY.JOE FEGAN/OWNER, QUALITY DRAFT SYSTEMS I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE PRETTY EXCITINGJOE FEGAN KNOWS ALL ABOUT THIS TECHNOLOGY JOE FEGAN/OWNER, QUALITY DRAFT SYSTEMS IPOURIT OR POUR MY BEER TABLE TOPS SO FORTHHE’S THE OWNER OF QUALITY DRAFT SYSTEMS IN GRAND RAPIDS AND HAS HAD INQUIRIES ABOUT THESE SELF-SERVICE TAPS FOR SOME TIME NOW.JOE FEGAN/OWNER, QUALITY DRAFT SYSTEMS AND OF COURSE OUR ANSWER WAS ALWAYS IT’S NOT LEGAL IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN BUT NOW HE CAN GIVE A DIFFERENT ANSWER.AND HE BELIEVES THE NEW APPROVAL WILL BE WELL RECEIVED- ESPECIALLY FOR THE DRINKERS WHO LIKE TO EXPLORE.JOE FEGAN/OWNER, QUALITY DRAFT SYSTEMS YOU DON’T…WON’T HAVE TO DRINK A FULL BEER. IF THEY HAVE 50 BEERS ON TAP AND YOU WANT TO HAVE FOUR OF THEM, YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET A LITTLE SIP OF 4 DIFFERENT ONES AND YOU’RE ONLY PAYING FOR ONE BEER. 3 I’M TOLD THESE TAPS ARE CLOSELY MONITORED BY THE COMPUTER.CEDAR SPRINGS BREWERY SAYS THEY WOULDN’T WANT CUSTOMERS TO HAVE ACCESS TO LARGE AMOUNTS HIGH PERCENTAGE BEERS, ESPECIALLY IF THEY’RE

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