Change in state law means Arkansas’ first self-pour taproom can open in Fayetteville

( Courtesy, Smokin’ Oak Wood Fired Pizza & Taproom)

The first self-pour taproom in the state of Arkansas can now open.

The technology is being made available for the first time on Aug. 1 at Smokin’ Oak Wood Fired Pizza & Taproom, located at 3959 N. Steele Blvd.

The self-pour tap wall uses bracelets powered by RFID to allow patrons to pour their own drinks from digitally controlled taps. The patrons can select a single ounce to try a beer, or a full pint once they find one they enjoy. The bar will carry more than 40 craft beers.

Smokin’ Oak owner Ben Roberts told us the self-pour tap wall was a big part of why he decided to open the restaurant, but found that Arkansas state law wouldn’t initially allow customers to pour their own drinks when he opened earlier this year. Senate Bill 475, passed by the Arkansas legislature as one of over 800 new Arkansas laws that take effect on Aug. 1, however, changed that.

“Self-pour technology provides a novel experience and destination for our customers to enjoy over and over again,” Roberts said. “We’ve worked hard to bring this technology to Arkansas for the past year, knowing that the experience provided for both customers and restaurant owners is what is needed for business to be successful in the years ahead.”

Smokin’ Oak will celebrate the opening of the new self-pour tap wall with a series of events beginning this week, including offering free pizza for three days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4-6.

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