Thursday, February 28, 2013

Finally! The return of Beer vending machines

by Eric Dondero 

When I was in the Navy back in the early 1980s, we had a beer vending machine in our barracks at the Bremerton shipyards. Didn't feel like going to the local convenience store for a cold one? Just pop 75 cents into the machine on the 1st floor, sandwiched in between the soda and candy machines. We loved it. 

I guess they eventually removed the beer vending machines. After I left Bremerton, I never saw one again. Now this, from the DCist, "D.C. Pepsi Machine Found to be Vending Malt Liquor":
A Pepsi machine in the Northeast neighborhood of Trinidad was recently found by police to be vending malt liquor, offering neighborhood kids a clever—albeit totally illegally—means to get booze. 
According to a tweet from a meeting of the Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting last night, an MPD officer informed neighbors of the presence of the rogue vending machine, which had apparently been in place for a few months. 
Danielle Bays, the association's president, said that police have disabled the machine—but that no one has yet taken responsibility for it. "The Pepsi machine was in front of a 4-unit apartment and of course no one claimed responsibility for it. 
It charged $3 for the malt liquor so kids were buying it (cheaper for adults to get at the store). MPD disabled it and were waiting for the property owner to have it removed," she wrote us in an email.
Underground free market economy at its finest!

I'm not a malt liquor fan. There were no lite beer choices off of the vending machine menu. But hey, it's a start. 

Note - beer vending machines are actually quite common in Japan and some areas of Europe. For some odd reason, you won't find them in the Middle East.

9 comments:

Gary said...

Beer. It's not just for breakfast any more.

mitsukurina said...

I'd settle for being able to buy a beer at the movies and drink it at my seat.

KN@PPSTER said...

"I'd settle for being able to buy a beer at the movies and drink it at my seat."

Not sure how widespread it is, but I know of at least two theatres (same owners) where you can do that in St. Louis.

One is in a mall, and you can buy bottled beer at the concession stand and take it in with you to watch the movie.

The other is my favorite theatre in the world, the Moo-Lah. It's built in an old masonic "shrine" building. They have a full bar, and you can take your drinks in with you to watch the movie. The viewing area is what used to be the huge auditorium. It's full of big leather couches and comfy recliners.

Eric Dondero said...

The Moo-Lah sounds like a good place. I'd like to visit.

But do they offer Miller Lite, and Coors? Or, is it just that fancy, schmancy brewer stuff?

Will said...

I remember those days. The ship didn't have beer machines, but you could go across the way to the geedunk and drink beer, and shoot pool whenever you had a chance.

Will said...

I remember those days. The ship didn't have beer machines, but you could go across the way to the geedunk and drink beer, and shoot pool whenever you had a chance.

KN@PPSTER said...

Eric,

The Moo-Lah is in St. Louis, so my guess is they offer Anheuser-Busch products ("Budweiser -- it's what beer drinkers drink when they're not drinking beer") and/or Schlafly.

I'm not sure, though -- when I went there, I always had a double tall bourbon and Coke with my popcorn.

John Morris said...

In theater bars and restaurants seem to be a trend. Many theaters really need the extra cash flow.

John Morris said...

In theater bars and restaurants seem to be a trend. Many theaters really need the extra cash flow.