Table-top tap systems go online at Mother's Grille
A couple days ago, the folks at Mother's Federal Hill Grille (1113 S. Charles St.) installed a new system that lets bar-goers tap their own beers at their tables.
There are two tables like this at Mother's, one in the front of the restaurant and one in the new expansion. Each table has two taps.
"It's one of those things where I have to explain to people how it works and then they get excited and start using it," said Josh Goodman, the VP of sales for The Table Tap, the company that makes this device.
Here is how the system works ...
You sit down at the table with a couple thirsty friends. There is a small kegerator underneath the table. A server checks IDs to make sure everybody is of legal drinking age. Then the server fires up the table-top taps. Each tap dispenses beer by the ounce. At Mother's the pricing is 23 cents for an ounce of Miller Lite and 28 cents for an ounce of Blue Moon.
Are you with me so far?
Every 90 ounces poured (that's about five pints), the system shuts down, and the only way to fire it back up is for the server to come back and check in.
The way I understand it, this is a trial run. The eventual goal is to run tap lines from the bar out to a bunch of tables in the place. Each table would have an LED display that tracked how much beer was consumed, by whom, etc.
"This is more or less a chance for people to see it and feel it," Goodman said.
(Photos from Josh Goodman)