Photo via Anheuser-Busch
Photo via Anheuser-Busch

When you think of Anheuser-Busch, you will now have to think: technology company of the future. The world’s biggest beer supplier already made the first autonomous 18-wheeler delivery of Budweiser for the good people of Colorado, and now it’s coming for your workplace with free office beer fridges connected to the internet of things.

The ultimate work perk is called the Bud-E Fridge, and Anheuser-Busch is giving them out for free. The Bud-E holds 180 beers, and as soon as you start to get low on brew, sensors in the fridge will autonomously alert a beer provider in your local area (think MiniBar or Drizly) and voila! you fridge gets filled and you don’t even have to think twice about it.

“But our startup is cool!” you might be shouting in your head as you read this. “We can’t drink Bud Light or Budweiser!” Well, thanks to Anheuser-Busch’s parent company AB-InBev getting into the craft beer scene by buying up your favorite local breweries and taking them national, that’s not a problem. You can get a fridge branded with Shock Top, Goose Island, Blue Point, and Golden Road in addition to your Bud Light and Budweiser.

You can mix and match beers in the Bud-E Fridge, and the possibilities are endless (so long as you stick to those six beers). Did I mention the fridge comes free? I don’t know about you, but if it’s free, it’s me. Sure, you have to pay for the beer, but you want to be on the cutting edge of technology, don’t you? The day isn’t too far off when autonomous trucking companies will deliver to stores their stocks of beer, then smaller autonomous cars will go and refill your autonomous beer fridge.

But there’s a downside to Bud-E. The average American’s work-life balance is already shot. Now companies that offer you free lunch and dinner can offer you your happy hour drinks as well and you never have to leave the office. Our AB-InBev overlords clearly know that’s what CEOs want, hence giving out the fridges for free.

But don’t think about that! Drink in the beer, and soak up the technology of the future.