Josh Goodman met up with some friends at a packed neighborhood bar in Federal Hill to have a few drinks before an Orioles game. While his friends were busy complaining about how bad the service was, Josh began to formulate a solution. That evening, 150 thirsty patrons battled to get the attention of one of the four bartenders to place their orders and get drinks. However, for those who were even lucky enough to grab a bartender's attention, they still had to wait for the bartender to open a tab, swipe their credit card, enter the sale, pour the beer, wine, or cocktail, process the sale, and close the tab.
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Where it all began
This inefficient bottleneck wasn’t just a problem for the thirsty bar patrons but also the owners losing out on sales. This is where the idea was born. Josh realized that he could streamline this process and develop a system mirroring an ATM for beer, wine, and cocktails.
The first stop on Josh’s journey was a small bar in Atlanta. Immediately struck by their self-service beer taps, Josh struck a deal to resell that system in Maryland and the surrounding states. Armed with a new LLC known as “Innovative Tap Solutions,” Josh went 0 for 150 in attempting to sell this beer-taps-at-the-table concept.
Through his trials and tribulations, Josh realized he needed a manufacturing partner. When Josh heard about an Irish company looking to sell its own mobile draft tables in the U.S., it seemed like he had found the perfect fit. From 2010 to 2012, he helped them grow that company by 500% before the Company in Ireland's debts sunk that ship.
After realizing the team he'd built in the U.S. for the Irish Company no longer had jobs, he and his business partner at the time started PourMyBeer. They were reselling a variety of self-pour systems from around the globe. By the middle of 2014, he was down to a company of 1 with over $100,000 in debt and less than $5,000 in the checking account. He needed a plan and, more importantly, a product that was his.
Josh invested the remainder of his savings in an Austrian company to build him their own self-pour technology. The premise was that it had to be so simple that his 6-year-old could install and support it. They succeeded and the product took off.
Evolution of the magic box
The future of self-Pour
The future is bright for PourMyBeer. Whether it be our suppliers, customers, partners, investors, or employees, every stakeholder that interacts with our company is laser-focused on providing a great user experience.
We’re also excited to announce that we have successfully achieved end-to-end integrations with 10 industry-leading POS companies. Not only does this allow a customer’s pour data to be sent to the POS, and then automatically to their respective tab, but it also enables existing POS to manage staff, sales, back of the house, and everything else that comes with a full-service POS system. Please see our integrations page to learn more!
We now have 500+ locations with 12,000 taps in service worldwide. We are liquid agnostic, so our customers have the freedom to dispense beer, wine, cocktails, kombucha, and so much more. We cannot wait to watch the self-pour revolution continue to grow!