In just over a week, the Minnesota Twins will host the 2014 All-Star Game. There, thirsty fans will find a new mechanized way to wet their whistle: The first self-serve beer machine in all of Major League Baseball made its debut this past Sunday at Target Field, and another machine will be added in time for the Summer Classic.
Patrons purchase vending cards with either $10 or $20 on them—$50 cards will be available for the All-Star Game—from concession stands (where ID will be checked). The cards allow fans to fill a 20 ounce cup as much or as little as they like and pay per ounce for the four available beers: Bud, Bud Light (38 cents per ounce), Shock Top Lemon Shandy, and Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale (40 cents per ounce).
The cards are good for 48 ounces of beer for every 15 minute period, but just like traditional ballpark booze-vendors, the machines shut down in the seventh inning.