These days, it's unusual to see bi-partisan support in government, but the Connecticut General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to allow the use of job creating, self-pour technology in bars, restaurants, craft breweries, and elsewhere.

If you're not familiar with self-pour technology, here's how it works:

When you arrive at an establishment with self pour technology, you get a radio frequency ID bracelet or card that is used on an iPad style screen behind each tap. Once you create or access your account, the system will then monitor your pour. You can pour exactly the amount you want -- a full glass, a sip, or a full flight, up to sixteen ounces. Patrons are typically charged by the ounce.
Now if it seems similar to a self check-out system at a supermarket, it's really not. Staff members will frequently check in with you. There's also a mandatory check-in after a patron has consumed 32 ounces, which is basically just like a bartender would do to ensure safety.

Self-pour technology is already being used in bars at over 340 locations nationwide. The technology is currently legal and available in 45 states including our neighbors in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Maine.

In a press release issued by, craft brewery owners from across the state, including Connor Rasmussen of Brookfield, cite the three main benefits of allowing self pour technology in bars, restaurants, and breweries:

1) It bolsters our states economic competitiveness
2) It empowers and protects consumers
3) It promotes investment in our communities and their futures.

One of the other positives that comes from this bill being passed is that it promotes enforcement of the law against free samples. Did you know that in Connecticut it's illegal for an establishment operator to provide free alcohol samples to patrons? Well, that's all changing now, thanks to self-pour technology.

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