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McLanahan’s Self-Serve Beer Taps Open For Business

McLanahan’s has always been a one-stop shop for Penn Staters, but now you can pick up a breakfast sandwich, a box of mac ‘n’ cheese, and a draft beer all in one fell swoop. After months of preparation, McLanahan’s Downtown Market has installed its own self-serve beer taps and is finally open for business with “A’s Pub,” named for the Agostinellis who own the store.

You can purchase a card from McLanahan’s and load the card with as much money as they want, plus a $2.50 activation fee. After your ID is checked, you put your card into the card holder on the taps to activate the keg. You then pull the tap to get as much beer as you want and pay by the ounce.

McLanahan’s has more than 20 beer varieties on tap. There are three different sizes of glasses available, so you can mix it up as you please. The machine records how many ounces you get and tells you how much you spent.

If you return the card, McLanahan’s will return the activation fee, or you can keep the card and reload it for future hops enjoyment. No bartender also means no tip, so you can get just a little more bang for your buck with a cold one from Clanny’s.

McLanahan’s Downtown currently closes at 10 p.m., but in a few weeks will start staying open until midnight. The now-souped up supermarket also revamped its seating areas to allow customers a better experience drinking the beer in-house, complete with long and small round bar-height tables and new bar stools.

A variety of carry-out beer will also be available within the next two weeks in coolers along the south side of the store, which will basically work like the carry-out beer and wine at Sheetz just a block over. Growlers aren’t available yet, but plans are in the works to offer them soon, as well.

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Elissa Hill

Elissa is a junior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.


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