Self-serve beer on tap at Chantilly’s Ono Brewing Co. (via WTOP)
Looking for a pint or just a taste? At Ono Brewing Co. in Chantilly, Virginia, you get to decide exactly how much beer you get with its new automated self-serve system.You’re the bartender at Northern Virginia’s newest craft brewery and you decide if you want just a taste or a pint at Ono Brewing Co. (Courtesy Ono Brewing Co.)Ono Brewing Co.’s owners, Scott and Cyndi Hoffman are pictured. (Courtesy Ono Brewing Co.)
WASHINGTON — You’re the bartender at Northern Virginia’s newest craft brewery, and you decide if you want just a taste or a pint at Ono Brewing Co., which holds its grand opening Sept. 20 through Sept. 23.
The brewery officially opened Sept. 1.
Owners Scott and Cyndi Hoffman have installed automated taps in their brewery’s sleek, glass walled tasting room at 4520 Daly Drive in Chantilly, Virginia.
“The first thing you do is check in and you’ll get an RFID card, you’ll walk over to the beer wall, and then you choose which beer you want to drink,” Scott Hoffman said.
“You’ll choose a glass size, either a taster or a pint glass, and then you’ll set your card up on the LCD screen, you’ll open the tap handle quickly and pour yourself an ice-cold beer.”
The automation eliminates a bit of payroll overhead, but Hoffman said that wasn’t the motivation.
Hoffman, a former engineer who can control much of the brewery’s brewing process with his phone, said the system gives the company instant feedback on what beers people are most liking.