Monday, June 19, 2017

A Brooklyn Bar's Beer ATM, Self-Serve Brewskis

ZeroHedge has been relentless in pointing out the importance of bartenders/waiters/waitresses to the U.S. employment scene. Here's one of hundreds of posts they have on the subject, from June 2:

With 87 Months Of Consecutive Job Gains, This Is By Far The "Best" Job In The U.S.
Well over 5 years ago, we first dubbed the economy under Barack Obama as the "Waiter and Bartender recovery", because while most other job categories had grown at a moderate pace at best, the growth in the category defined by the BLS as "Food Service and Drinking Workers" has been nothing short of spectacular.

How spectacular? As the chart below shows, starting in March of 2010 and continuing through April of 2017, there have been 87 consecutive month of payroll gains for America's waiters and bartenders, an unprecedented feat and an all time record for any job category. Putting this number in context, total job gains for the sector over the past 7 years have amounted to 2.378 million or just under 15% of the total 16.4 million in new jobs created by the US over the past 87 months.
As a tangent, putting the "waiter and bartender" recovery in the context of America's manufacturing sector, the following chart shows that while nearly 816,000 "food service and drinking places" jobs were created since 2014, over the same period the number of manufacturing jobs created has been just 107,000. Also, after six months of increases, in May manufacturing jobs posted their first drop since last October....MORE
And now this.
From Vinepair:

Overdrafts Encouraged at New Brooklyn-Based Beer ATM
Move over, Sprinkles– your cupcake ATM just got shown up by something a whole lot cooler. According to Metro, Brooklyn-based Randolph Beer has come up with an innovative “Beer ATM.” We know– we don’t understand how we didn’t come up with it first, either.

Located on South 4th Street in Williamsburg, Randolph Bar does indeed have real-live bartenders and a normally operating bar– though why would anyone spring for that when a self-serve beer ATM is within arm’s reach? As Food & Wine reports, the beer ATM functions as a self-service wall of taps. In exchange for a credit card at the bar, the customer is given a beer ATM card; all you have to do is insert the card into the slot above the beer you’d like and choose the size of the pour. Pours range anywhere from 1 – 12 ounces, perfect for those who can’t commit to an entire brew.

The concept not only allows consumers to serve themselves, but also provides opportunities to taste-test multiple unknown beers for a fraction of the cost....MORE
Meanwhile the Telegraph reports:
Work longer and study more to fight the robot revolution, says PwC 
Roger that PwC, the 4 Non Blondes approach: "Bigger, Better, Faster, More!", over.

If I recall, the cover art was some pretty old technology: 
Ah yes.