Michigan restaurants can now offer self-serve beer and wine

Restaurants in Michigan can now offer vending service for beer, wine and other mixed drinks, due to a new law signed Monday.

Senate Bill 656, now Public Law 136 of 2022, allows restaurants and other establishments with on-premises liquor licenses in Michigan to provide vending equipment so customers can pour their own drinks.

Self-serve drink stations have become more prevalent during the pandemic, as the stations allow customers to keep their glasses without constantly needing to be refilled by restaurant staff, according to an analysis of the House Fiscal bill. Agency.

Self-serve machines aren’t allowed to be at individual tables, but instead the bill allows establishments to create “beer walls” where visitors can restock.

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SB 656 was introduced by Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake. According to the Runestad office, another 45 states allow self-service dispensing equipment.

“Michigan has one of the largest craft beer industries in the nation, and this reform will make a big difference in the technology available to business owners looking for new ways to better serve their customers,” Runestad said. in a press release.

The new law doesn’t mean customers can drink as they please – it caps the total volume of liquid served at 96 ounces per order: 16 ounces per single serving of beer and 12 ounces of each single serving of wine or beverage mixed. Pure alcohol cannot be dispensed from kiosks.

Establishments may also not sell or advertise unlimited quantities of beverages from self-serve dispensers.

Customers would receive a key card containing their financial information to access the self-contained machines. According to the language of the bill, the key card should be reactivated for every 32 ounces of beer, wine or mixed drink purchased.

And establishments reserve the right to “cut someone off” or deny them access to more self-serve alcohol if they seem too drunk.

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