A pub where you can serve yourself?

A self-service pub offering local beer has become a hit in a tiny Czech village where touring cyclists mingle with locals to help themselves to the country’s favourite tipple.

“Ordinary pubs have no chance to survive in a village like this,” says local homebrewer Martin Povysil, who installed the beer machine – resembling a coffee or bank machine, but with a tap – on the outside wall of the community centre in Uhrinovice.

“Normal pubs open in the evenings and at weekends but they are mostly closed during the day, leaving your tourist or cyclist dry,” Povysil said, sitting at one of three wooden picnic tables set up at the open-air pub.

All beer lovers need to do is grab a cup from the storage rack, insert a coin and run their ID through a scanner to prove they are over the drinking age of 18 to help themselves to a cool, crisp pint.

He believes his beer tap is one of a kind.

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