PRODUCTS: May 2015
For a couple of years, Mike Melega, Team President and G.M. for the Tulsa Drillers—the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate—enviously eyeballed the Bottoms Up Draft Beer Dispensing System he’d seen installed at other parks. He finally decided to give the system a test run at the Driller’s ONEOK Field, Tulsa, Okla., in 2013. The test was a success, and Melega had all of the concession stands changed over from traditional taps. In 2014, the park sold 12,000 more beers than the year before, and it did so with 9 fewer kegs. “Needless to say, we are sold on the concept,” Melega says. Developed by GrinOn, Indianapolis, Bottoms Up Draft Beer Dispensing System is comprised of special disposable cups—in 12-, 16-, 20-, 24- and 32-oz. sizes designed with a metal ring on the bottom and a flexible, disk-shaped magnet that fits the ring. Servers set up to 6 cups at a time on each “fill unit,” which draws beer from kegs, and the beer automatically fills each cup—to the ounce—from the bottom to the top. When servers lift the full beer off the fill unit, the magnet seals the bottom. The magnets, which are U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved, can be customized with graphics promoting the venue, team or beer brand; serve as a discount token on team merchandise or concession purchases; or be collected for trading. Operators can even sell ad space on the magnets to local businesses. “When we had tap systems, servers had to stand and fill each beer individually, and they always tipped off foam,” Melega says. “It also took longer to pour each serving.” Now, servers set the cups on the fill units and walk away to fill the rest of the concession order. Sensors in the lines to the kegs alert servers to empty kegs, and the line automatically stops feeding beer to the fill unit. The company says 98% of every keg gets served.
Advance Tabco Pass-Thru Workstation acts as an all-in-one bartender-waitstaff station and creates a dedicated area of the bar for bartenders to service drink orders given by waitstaff. The bartender side features a speed rail to hold liquor bottles and a blender for frozen drinks, while the waitstaff side has the essentials needed to fill waters and sodas. The bar unit features a sink bowl on each side and a tubing chase for soda guns and one, coldplate-equipped ice bin that is accessible from both sides.
Bar Maid’s GP-100 Commercial Glass Polisher is the key to sparkling glassware. Soft, microfiber polishing heads buff glassware inside and out. A warm-air blower gently aids quick drying during the process as well. Operators can polish up to 350 glasses per hour, saving hundreds of dollars in labor and minimizing costly glass breakage that results from hand polishing with cloths. The unit also minimizes hand contact with the glassware, improving sanitation. Measuring 11½ -in.W x 13-in.D x 20-in.H, the unit has a small footprint and is portable with built-in handles. The unit runs on 110V.