— Automation is all the rage across the global food industry these days. The trend of replacing human workers with robots has really taken off in China and Japan, and it's beginning to pick up traction in the United States. While early technological advancements have focused on doing the work of restaurant servers, bartenders may be the next in line for a modern reboot.
A startup called Pour My Beer is forging a path for automated beer taps, reports CNBC. The company has developed software that allows imbibers to fill up their glasses and pay by the ounce, all without the help of a human being. Though, person-to-person interaction isn't completely removed from the picture: After two purchases, an actual bartender must give customers the go-ahead to keep ordering drinks. The self-serve taps are already being used at 280 locations worldwide.
While some worry this technology could make the local barkeep a thing of the past, Pour My Beer founder Josh Goodman says that isn't the case. "Bartenders are always going to have a home in our concept," Goodman told CNBC. "We found we are actually taking the wall down between the bartender and the consumer, and we're letting the bartender leave behind the bar and go interact with the customers."
— For those who are more interested in brewing their own beer, an Australian brewery is tying to make it much easier. Coopers Brewery has a new side project called BrewArt, reports Mashable, and it's being billed as "the Nespresso of beer.
Two BrewArt models are available: the BeerDroid and BrewFlo. The former can brew up to 10 gallons of beer at a time, and it has WiFi connectivity that allows a user to control the process with a smartphone. The latter is temperature controlled and can brew five gallons at a time. BrewArt sells packages with all of the required ingredients, including some that replicate Coopers beers. The products are expected to launch in Australia this month, and a U.S. debut will follow in the near future.
— What should one do with their fresh batch of home brew? How about a game of Roomba beer pong? A group of genius — and financially secure — adults has adapted the classic frat party game by placing red solo cups on automated vacuum cleaners. Tech Insider speculates the innovative drunks have applied some sort of adhesive to the Roombas to prevent the cups from toppling over, which would likely result in spilled beer ruining a $400 vacuum.