In Australia we have the yin and yang of beer — a binge drinking culture paired with strict alcohol laws. “Getting on it” is a common weekend pursuit and a “sneaky beverage” is not uncommon. Opposed to this penchant for “a good time” is what some consider the nanny state. For one reason or another Australia does not trust itself with alcohol and so there are restrictions on retail sales (that is why you rarely see it in supermarkets), consumption and licensed venues.
While the above paints a broad picture of Australia’s relationship with alcohol, it is a stereotype. There is a lot of behaviour that lies between the irresponsible and the teetotaler. It’s the plight of these people on a Friday night that I want to post about today (warning this is a light hearted recount of some rambling thoughts).
With the ongoing resurgence of cocktails it is getting harder and harder to get a beer. Head to a bar nowadays and it is not uncommon to be stuck behind someone ordering cocktails. And, the simple fact is it takes a fair bit more time to make a cocktail than it does to pour a beer or take the cap off one.
The other week I got stuck behind one guy and 8 cocktails. 30 minutes later I eventually got my beverages but unfortunately the waiting did not make it any sweeter. However, I did have some time to think about my dilemma.
10 minutes waiting and idea #1 – beer line. Surrounded by like minded people, no waiting for cocktails to be made and the constant steady stream of beer from tap. Not bad at all. But then again…perhaps, not all that practical. Would I as a publican pay someone to just pour beers?
20 minutes waiting and idea #2 – beer vending machine. I hate carrying coins but maybe there would be a reason to weigh down my pants if there were beer vending machines? But then who would make sure you were of legal age? Damn. Denied.
25 minutes waiting and idea #2.1 – beer vending machine again! Hang on…machines are pretty smart can’t they read ÍDs? Security on the door prevents minors from entering anyway. So…only problem to solve is how do you make sure you do not serve someone who is intoxicated. Google time…problem solved by Draftserv who have come up with a machine that checks your old enough to drink, charges by the drop, knows if you have exceeded your limit, and does away with change.
“If necessity is the mother of innovation, then frustration is the father!”