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Vending machine dispensing free beer to good guitarists now exists

New Zealand brewery Panhead Custom Ales has invented a device that only dispenses beer if it deems a guitarists’ skills are good enough.

Image c/o Panhead Custom Ales

Panhead Custom Ales, based in Wellington, has called the custom-made vending machine ‘Slay to Pay’ and has revealed that it uses AI fingerprinting to rate guitarists’ ability.

Panhead Custom Ale’s head of brand and creative Rebecca Sinclair said: “It’s essentially a souped-up Guitar Hero for adults. As far as we know, this is a first-of-its-kind machine with some pretty cool new tech and the best kind of reward for those willing to give it a go.”

Sinclair explained: “The machine was the perfect combination of a couple of our favourite things, cold beer and really loud music. We gave it its first run at the Panhead Rolling Stone Music Awards and it turns out it’s pretty ruthless. It rejected some of the best guitarists in the country.”

Panhead Custom Ales already has links to music and has previously produced an 11% ABV ‘Black Sabbath’ barley wine.

According to the company, its Black Sabbath beer has “an elemental darkness at the heart” and “with powerful overtones of tobacco and Bourbon” and “its strength and uncompromising character also pay considerable tribute to the rock and roll originators of the name”.

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