ABOVE IMAGE: A preloaded electronic card allows you to pour anywhere from one ounce to 32 ounces before you need to reload. (Best Western Hotel)
By Natasha Riebe for CBC News
An airport hotel in Leduc is reaching new heights in Alberta’s evolving beer industry, making local craft brews available through a ‘pour-your-own’ beer wall.
The dozen taps mounted on the wall at Barney’s Pub and Grill in the Best Western hotel is the first of its kind in the province, according to Perry Batke, the hotel’s general manager.
Batke said it’s meant to “create a local and authentic experience,” showcasing Alberta-made craft brews.
“Beyond being really excited about the whole concept of pour-your-own beer, we’re excited about building it around Alberta craft beers,” he said.
Customers can start a tab and get a pre-loaded — but not pre-paid — electronic payment card. The system allows you to pour anywhere from one ounce to 32 ounces in the first sitting, giving customers the option to sample small amounts of different beers.