The Minnesota Twins are gearing up Target Field for the upcoming 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star game and included will be self serve beer vending machines. Yep, you read that right. No more waiting in long lines to get yourself a cold one. Well, actually, that’s not totally true – but we’ll dwell on that later.
Installed well before the Minnesota Twins hosted All-Star game (though getting major publicity because of it), the self serve beer machines allow patrons to walk up and get themselves a frosty, the first of it’s kind in a major league stadium.
The Star Tribune has more on how the machines work and how they plan to keep fans from abusing the privilege.
Customers can withdraw up to 48 ounces every 15 minutes. If that sounds like a lot, there is an employee at each machine to not only check identification but also to intercede should a patron appear intoxicated.
I have to say, if you’ve ever stood in a long beer line, you’re probably jumping for joy at the thought of no longer needing to do that. However, the machine isn’t completely void of the irritating line waiting as you’ll need to purchase a vending card to use the vending machine. Both $10 and $20 dollar cards are available for Minnesota Twins games but they will expand that to $50 dollars for the All-Star game.
Currently there are four beer types available, Bud and Bud Light (38 cents per ounce) and Shock Top Lemon Shandy and Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale (40 cents per ounce).
Little pricey and a bit frustrating that you have to possibly wait in a line for a card, but still pretty awesome.